I make photographs. Sometimes that involves photographing news events, life on the street, and other times people posing for my lens for a portrait. But all those photographs are made. I make an effort to create an image the way I want to, using photographic and compositional techniques as well as my experience on how... Continue Reading →
The More People Turn to Exclusively Using Their Phone for Cameras…
...the less people there are who look like real photographers out in the field. Hence, the more the real photographers stand out. (Yes, I am calling phone photographers not real photographers--to me they're not.) Not to take anything away from phone photographers--they're documenting their world for a moment's look. They're notetaking their life. That's not... Continue Reading →
Working On Possibilities: “You Get an A!”
I'm reading a book I like very much titled (But first, a little aside: Why do people put "entitled" when it's 'titled'? It's not 'entitled' to anything! Okay, back to the book 'titled'): The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander. He's the conductor of the Boston... Continue Reading →
10 Things ‘People With Cameras’ and Non-Photographers Say and Get Wrong!
1. "Everyone nowadays is a photographer." WRONG!" Having a hose doesn't make you a fireman. Having a stove doesn't make you a chef. And having a camera doesn't make you a photographer. You might be able to put out your campfire, cook an egg and make a picture, but you're not a fireman, chef, or... Continue Reading →
Are You Happy with your Work?
The reason to make photographs is simple: For yourself. In whatever way that manifests itself. For me it's making documentary photographs and telling people stories. Putting together gallery shows of my work. The goal of a series of photographic monographs. Some people are technology fans and they like to buy and test out cameras and... Continue Reading →
Making a Senior Portrait on Black and White 4×5, (Not That Kind of Senior Portrait!)
I love having a job as a working photographer that permits me to meet new people constantly.When I'm between assignments or client work, which usually is Mondays, I open my studio to local senior citizens age 70 and over to come in for a complimentary portrait.I get to work with whatever camera I want since... Continue Reading →
Sisters Portraits: 8×10, Rolleiflex and the In-Betweens
I had a portrait shoot this week with a pair of sisters, ages 15 and 16. I told them to wear fancy formal dresses and meet me at the lake in my town. Their mom drove them over and the two girls had a look of embarrassment and annoyance at being dressed like that when... Continue Reading →
The (Quite Worthwhile) Cost of Film Photography
If a roll of film goes up by a dollar, it's still worth it. Yes, I saw the news--Ilford announced a 15% price hike starting August 15. That's the state of the international economy, a world full of supply shortages and the cost of making the best film on the planet. We need to support... Continue Reading →
Do People Still Make Family Portraits To Hang In Their Homes? Young People, Too?
So, as some of you know, I make museum-quality silver gelatin hand-printed family portrait photographs using real film in vintage wood cameras. It’s a specialty for sure and the photographs are not easy nor inexpensive to create. A friend said to me that I’d be lucky to give a photograph away, that no one wants... Continue Reading →
“I’M NOT THAT BUSY”
I abhor the way every working photographer when asked how it's going replies, "I'm so busy." Automatically. Whether they are or not, they think it's a badge of honor. "So, so busy."Busy isn't the most important thing to be. A good balance of work and free time is important, not just running from one job... Continue Reading →