When a novice or beginning photographer tells me they love my photos and ask, “What cameras do you use?”. it tells me they think it takes a pricey camera to make great photos. This couldn’t be farther from the truth, and inability to afford those ‘high-end’ or 'professional’ cameras and gear might scare off the next Ansel Adams if they aren’t straightened out about what it takes.
Whatever camera you have, or can afford, just use it, period. Learn all it’s settings and capabilities by experimenting as much as you can. Couple this with a little research on 'The Rule Of Thirds", and framing your pictures, and you have all you need to make pictures even better than mine. Maybe even better than the greatest ever born. From there, it’s all about exploring yourself, and learning to express your own, unique vision, and not trying to imitate someone else.
OK, all you aspiring photographic dreamers, you now have the magic formula, go out and capture some sunshine! No excuses! There’s even camera phones at Wallmart that can do the job, and they’re only about $20.00. There’s disposables in film or digital, there’s even the cam in your laptop, mini, or tablet that can be used. The crafted image is all that matters.
Now, if you want more advice, ask the right questions. Questions like, where and how do I edit my photos? Where can I find out about…?
Those are the kind of questions that will help you improve, and we all need to keep improving. No matter how far you get in photography, never stop asking for advice, or quit seeking to learn new things. Arrogance can kill creativity faster than anything else, and inexperience is sometimes the fertilizer that makes it flower.
I would love to see more and more photographers in the world, and know this, as soon as you press a shutter down for the first time, you area photographer!
Most people post their favorites among their shots, rather than sharing by any other criteria. This one is my favorite post-production edit, in that it was one of the most satisfying results after a long effort deciding the tones and hues I wanted in the edit. The image it’s self wasn’t all that and a bag of chips to me, but the result after editing gave me such a soft feeling inside, and does to this day. The shot was taken in Hillsboro, Oregon about three years ago, while on a simple walk in my neighborhood, on the way to a convenience store for a pack of cigarettes. When I took the frame, I already had an idea of what I wanted from the image after post production, and this single image, among all the images I’ve worked in the past, hit dead on what I wanted to achieve.
I guess I’m easily entertained. Most simple minds are.
Photo of a small derelict grave yard in County Cork, Ireland with a collection of crosses. This old graveyard is where many of my ancestors on my mother’s side of the family may have been buried. The image was taken by my oldest sister when she took mom there to see her father’s homeland about two years before she passed away.
Weather not permitting my old bones to get out and photograph nature, and tiring of photo-manipulating my old files, I thought I might drag a few out of my Tumblr archives an post them again. To some of my followers these are familiar images, but to newer followers they’ll be new. With all the talent here on Tumblr to see, there’s rarely time to go over everybody’s archives to view all they’ve posted. We all need to reflect on our own past posts, and repost some that stand out. This wasn’t necessarily one of the most popular Tumblr-note wise, but it’s one of my favorites among all of my black and whites.
This was taken on the Jackson creek Trail at the U. J. Hamby Park in Hillsboro, Oregon. A beautiful place, and one that I will revisit whenever I’m there in the Portland Metro.
My daughter received some Beautiful orchids for valentines Day. The fluorescent lights in her kitchen made it hard to get a decent white balance for color shots, but, as usual I fount that light perfect for black and whites. maybe I’ll take them out into some subdued sunlight tomorrow and take some more shots of them.