Story Content vs. Bokeh + Corner Sharpness

Since the first photograph in 1839, photographers have been asking the question, "What should I photograph?" The best answer is, "What can you photograph?" Meaning, what do you have access to? The first photograph--a street scene at the Boulevard du Temple in Paris in 1838 by Louis Daguerre. Can you photograph the Hollywood premiere from... Continue Reading →

A Bit About Duane Michals

Do you have a favorite photograph? This Is My Proof is one of mine. I like Duane Michals and how he puts text on his photographs to tell stories. This photograph is another one of his narratives using words on a photograph. (NSFW) What do you think of writing on photographs? I, myself, like it... Continue Reading →

Creativity Does Not Come in Presets!

I can trust the photographs that film photographers make from negatives, specifically real photographs--those prints that are developed in chemical trays and have no connection to the digital world. Because in the digital realm, there is no guarantee of genuineness, authorship. Of authenticity. We are in a world full of advertisements for cookie-cutter photographic looks,... Continue Reading →

A Bit About Berenice Abbott

Women have been at the forefront of photography since its invention. From Julie Cameron to Alice Austen, Imogen Cunningham, Hansel Mieth, and Frances Benjamin Johnston. But I am impressed by the work of Berenice Abbott. She was born in Ohio and moved to New York City which many people said you can't do. But she... Continue Reading →

My Photo Bag Contains No Tip Jar

As a working freelance photographer, you never know where your next gig will come from. One day you're photographing an architecture photograph or a political conference, the next day the president of the U.S. Yesterday, I was hired to photograph a 50th birthday party with Polynesian fire dancers that will get printed to remember the... Continue Reading →

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