Category Archives: Photography

Kindred Photography Souls

What I learned from guest blogging for Scott Kelby yesterday: there are a lot of people out there who love photography and need to make it a part of their lives. I heard from young and old, employed or not, beginners or longtime hobbyists. Some stories were sad, some inspirational, some both. Some hesitated to call themselves photographers. I love Paul Simon’s quote: “If you make music, you’re a musician.” Same for writers, artists, photographers. It’s not about whether you get paid, it’s about what you create.

One woman summed it up when she explained she felt guilty spending money on her “hobby” but photography feeds her soul. Exactly. Don’t we all need to weed out the things that drain us in life, and make more time for the things that feed us? Continue reading

My Photo Project’s Finally Done!

I’ve been working on it all year, and it’s finally done. I created a visual diary of the year 2010 by taking photos of all the places and things around me every day. I especially included things that are likely to look very different in a few years. They’re all in a book that I can flip through any time I want to remember what 2010 looked like for me. It’s great fun, I’ll be doing it again in five years. I wish I had this project from five years ago, and ten, and….

(Left, My Publisher; top right, Mpix, bottom right, Adorama)

You can see much more about the project here, including my comparison of three different photo book companies. Why not do your own, or one for someone you love? Continue reading

Why my camera is upside down…

Here are a few basic camera tips that will make your life easier and keep you from making annoying mistakes when you’re shooting.

When I go to pick up my camera and it’s lying upside down, there’s a reason. Any time I take out the battery and/or memory card, I turn the camera over. That way I know something’s missing and needs to be replaced. If everything’s there, the camera is right side up. Continue reading

Rainy day, let’s look at pictures

It’s raining again in Los Angeles. God knows we need it as we head into fire season. But it’s a good day to sit inside and look at some work by talented photographers.

Daniel Milnor is one of my favorite photography teachers ever. He’s inspiring, encouraging, and always brings out the best in his students. And his work shows the same energy and imagination. I’m particularly fond of the “Dogs Can’t Read” series, but check out his photos of kids–just amazing. http://www.smogranch.com/

If you ever get a chance to hear David Doubilet speak, grab it. He’s an amazing underwater photographer with wonderful stories about shooting down under the sea. You’ve seen his work in National Geographic and many other places.  http://www.daviddoubilet.com/