Category: Rants and Raves

Adobe Creative Cloud – A Photographer’s Perspective

Adobe Creative Cloud – A Photographer’s Perspective

| May 10, 2013 | 12 Replies

Like many, I was disappointed to learn of Adobe’s decision to eliminate perpetual licensing for its (now former) Creative Suite applications. Certainly, this is not all bad news, especially for those who routinely use multiple products and may benefit from the new pricing model. For me, and many photographers, though, who primarily use just one […]

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Words Matter

Words Matter

| March 28, 2013 | 9 Replies

This is a post about the manipulation of reality. No, it is not about Photoshop. I was recently invited to showcase my work at a site proclaiming to promote art. The first thing I noticed as I brought up the page is that it was divided into “Artists” and “Photographers.” When I inquired with the […]

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Composition Means Nothing

Composition Means Nothing

| August 20, 2012 | 19 Replies

Some readers may recall that I am easily amused by sentences starting with the words “photography is all about.” Earlier today I found one such proclamation decreeing that photography is “all about composition.” Nonsense, I thought, but curiosity got the better of me and I Googled it. To my horror, the magical all-knowing algorithm found […]

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The Value and Futility of Critique

The Value and Futility of Critique

| December 22, 2011 | 31 Replies

There is perhaps no better example of a love/hate relationship than that of creative individuals and their critics. With few exceptions, the writings of famed artists, authors, performers, musicians, filmmakers, and the likes, contain some reference to their critics, usually ranging from witty jabs to hateful diatribes. Curiously, the emotion is almost reversed when polling […]

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State of the Art Podcast

State of the Art Podcast

| November 13, 2011 | Reply

I recently had the pleasure of joining Jack graham and Bob Kulon on the 18% Gray Matter podcast. The main theme was the state of the art of nature photography. Click on the link below to listen to the show.

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Then and Now

Then and Now

| October 31, 2011 | 24 Replies

When images speak louder than words: Then: Now:

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Actually, There’s No App for THAT

Actually, There’s No App for THAT

| June 23, 2011 | 27 Replies

While it may not need saying, please be aware that this is (mostly) a tongue-in-cheek post and not meant to be taken (too) seriously. ~~~ Cameras built into smart phones and other gadgets are nothing new, but leave it to the iPhone to inspire a new trend: iphoneography. Strange. Over the years I have used […]

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Cleaning Your Sensor – A Practical Guide

Cleaning Your Sensor – A Practical Guide

| June 15, 2011 | 10 Replies

Purchase about $150 worth of brushes, loupes, and cleaning fluids. Purchase a stress relief ball or similar device. Find a comfortable dust-free place to work. Make sure nobody is within earshot who might be offended by extreme profanity. Follow all instructions to the letter. Vent frustration as necessary. Take your camera to the nearest service […]

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The Absence of Humans

The Absence of Humans

| June 8, 2011 | 24 Replies

While working on my upcoming eBook: Intimate Portraits of the Colorado Plateau, I came across this blog post by photographer Quang-Tuan Luong whose National Parks exhibit was criticized by Boston Globe critic Mark Feeney who took issue with the images lacking in human presence. As my own work often seeks to exclude the effects of […]

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Don’t be an Idiot

Don’t be an Idiot

| May 8, 2011 | 47 Replies

“Great photographers are a combination of wizard and idiot savant. They do what they do without truly understanding how, then make up a lot of convoluted theory to cover up their own ignorance of who and what they really are. Because of the self-doubt that nags photographers, photography’s power as an art goes on being […]

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