Tag: composition

Such Things Could Be

Such Things Could Be

| August 21, 2014 | 2 Replies

The good photograph is not the object, the consequences of the photograph are the objects. So that no one would say, how did you do it, where did you find it, but they would say that such things could be. –Dorothea Lange It is with some trepidation that I confess to feeling a little pinch […]

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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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Finding the Needle (Part II)

Finding the Needle (Part II)

| May 15, 2012 | 22 Replies

“Human resources are like natural resources; they’re often buried deep. You have to go looking for them, they’re not just lying around on the surface. You have to create the circumstances where they show themselves.” –Sir Ken Robinson In my earlier post I highlighted those qualities I find admirable in good teachers and that I […]

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Finding the Needle (Part I)

Finding the Needle (Part I)

| May 14, 2012 | 10 Replies

“… even if a person is lucky enough to experience a useful epiphany, that new idea is rarely the end of the creative process. The sobering reality is that the grandest revelations often still need work. The new idea … has to be refined, the rough draft of the right hemisphere transformed into a finished […]

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Visual Fluency

Visual Fluency

| March 21, 2012 | 6 Replies

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for. –Georgia O’Keeffe As one who enjoys both writing and creating visual art, I often think of myself as communicating in different languages. It’s no surprise that the term “a picture is […]

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The Subtractive Art

The Subtractive Art

| January 5, 2011 | 7 Replies

“Reality offers us such wealth that we must cut some of it out on the spot, simplify. The question is, do we always cut out what we should?” –Henri Cartier-Bresson Discussions of photographic composition almost invariably preach for simplification. Elements in the frame that do not directly contribute to the aesthetic appeal of an image […]

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eBook Announcement: Creative Landscape Photography

eBook Announcement: Creative Landscape Photography

| September 12, 2010 | 12 Replies

At long last, my new eBook “Creative Landscape Photography” is now available for purchase! As some of you may be able to attest, the majority of instructional photography books focus on camera operation and are aimed towards newcomers to the practice of photography. This eBook picks up where others leave off and is aimed at […]

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Things Photographers Can Learn From Musicians

Things Photographers Can Learn From Musicians

| August 13, 2009 | 12 Replies

It is a long standing tradition in photography that the person who clicks the shutter button gets to claim all accolades for the resulting image, whether it is their own original concept and composition or a blatant copy of someone else’s. Chalk it up to maturity of each art form, but in music there’s a […]

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