Arlington Business Partnership 13th Annual Chili Cookoff and Car/Cycle Show

A view of the crowd from Main Stage looking south on Magnolia Ave
A view of the crowd from Main Stage looking south on Magnolia Ave.
A pug sleeps peacefully as it is carried and rocked like a baby during the Arlington Business Partnership Annual Chili Cook-Off & Car/Cycle show
A pug appears as if asleep as it is carried and rocked like a baby during the Arlington Business Partnership Annual Chili Cook-Off & Car/Cycle show. Very tough to isolate them from the clutter in the background because of the time of the day,

Overcast skies are sometimes preferable over sunny skies when I have to photograph events when the sun is overhead.

A textbook example is when photographing anyone during those hours under a canopy.

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Do critiques improve your photography?

In the classroom--I'm  not behind the camera for a change. I'm helping Bobby with Lightroom in a recent workshop I lead at the Riverside Art Museum
In the classroom–I’m not behind the camera for a change. I’m helping Bobby with Lightroom in a recent workshop I lead at the Riverside Art Museum

As a kid my parents always told me “If you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything.”

I’m not sure that works in the Western world.

Maybe in Asia, that was acceptable.

In the West, not expressing an opinion is sometimes a sign of lack of character or worse, a sign of weakness.

I grapple with this a lot when I teach especially when I have to critique students’ work. Continue reading Do critiques improve your photography?

Evening portrait of Alex with her Yamaha motorcycle

Black against mostly black. Alexx with her helmet on.
Black against mostly black. Alexx with her helmet on.

It’s actually ok to fail miserably on occasion.

Your concept or idea may be sound but sometimes it just takes more than one attempt before you can taste success.

I had always wanted to photograph a pretty girl on a motorcycle ever since I was a photography student in college.

It never materialized back then.

Working 18 hours a week while going to school fulltime doesn’t allow much time for networking or socializing. Continue reading Evening portrait of Alex with her Yamaha motorcycle

Making the most of available light for portraits

My model Miracle Guillory was photographed using only available light. I positioned her inside a doorway and shot with a 100mm telephoto. Exposure iso 100 1/20 sect @ f2.8. In retrospect, I should have chosen an higher ISO so I could use a higher shutter speed for hand holding.
My model Miracle Guillory was photographed using only available light. I positioned her inside a doorway and shot with a 100mm telephoto. Exposure iso 100 1/20 sect @ f2.8. In retrospect, I should have chosen an higher ISO so I could use a higher shutter speed for hand holding.

One of the toughest skills to learn in photography is figuring where the best lighting which suits your subject can be found while on location.

By best lighting, I’m referring to strongest directional lighting that comes in generally a horizontal direction.

That light is usually found in a large doorway to a darkened room or window.

That’s the light I want to use as much as possible.

I take a light reading. Continue reading Making the most of available light for portraits

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