Category - Photography Clips

Depth vs. Becoming Jaded

Shock value can turn heads—but because we’re all so jaded, the effect doesn’t last long. Enduring images have depth to them.

Second Chances

Are there hidden gems among our digital negatives that we’ve overlooked? Perhaps a little more time spent with them—a quick second chance—is needed.

What Are Your Reasons?

What are your reasons for liking or disliking a photograph? There are many reasons why we make these decisions—and some require more thought than...

Fragmented Audiences

We paint audiences in broad strokes—but it’s vital to understand the subtleties so that we can find those who will best enjoy the images that we create.

Eye Level

Perspective is one of those crucial elements that can turn something ordinary into something extraordinary. Here are my thoughts on using perspective...

Color Stories

Color can be a powerful storytelling tool if we pause to give it some consideration. Here are my thoughts on wielding color.

Spring Fever

It might be time to give in to spring fever—and use it to your advantage. Go out and explore the world through your lens.

The Unthinking Mind

Our unthinking minds may be sending us signals that we hardly register as we go about life—but we should pay attention to those signals as potential...

Discovery or Preparedness?

There are a couple of different ways to plan a photography trip. Is it about discovery, or are you prepared with an idea? Here are my thoughts.

Break the Rules

We need to learn the rules so that we can learn the basics. But once you’ve learned the rules well enough? Then it becomes OK to break them when needed.

What People Say and What They Do

Paying for photography reviews might result in a brief flash of attention. But lasting popularity comes from photographs designed to promote themselves.

Communication Is Key

We don’t always think about the meanings conveyed by details like titles or blurbs. But we should, because these are details that can follow a...

Using Adversity to Your Advantage

Creating art is no easy feat when adversity strikes. If you can find a way to create anyway, you can channel that adversity into powerful photographs.

Art is Timeless

Classical works teach us that art has timeless value—and that includes photography. This is why we spend time with images in order to fully understand...

Cookie Cutter Websites

It’s easy to create a cookie cutter website with templates. But when art is supposed to be uniquely ours, shouldn’t we display it on unique websites...

Thinking in Layers

The best photographs are the ones with deep layers of meaning. It takes thought to find these layers—and to create images featuring this depth, too.

Shades of Feeling

We often work hard to reproduce reality perfectly—but we’re not bound to do so. There’s value to bending reality if it lends shades of emotion to a...

Active Versus Passive Photography

We can classify photography in any number of ways—and the difference between active and passive photography is one of them. Learn more about these...

To Explain or Not to Explain?

Should photographers offer explanations of their art, or should interpretation be entirely on the viewer? Perhaps the middle ground is the right answer.

Experimentation

Planning is an essential part of the photographer’s routine. But when we can make time for it, experimentation has a lot of benefits to offer us.

Content is the Universal Truth

Sometimes we forget that content really is the universal truth—and that leads us to spending too much time on the details. More on my thoughts here.

One and Only

We all have favorite photographers who influence our work. But ultimately, each of us must grow beyond our role models to create the art only we can...

Creative Technology

Is the solution to our limitations to invest in a new piece of gear? Or is it more a matter of finding creative solutions using the equipment we have...

Well Intentioned Photographs

There are as many motivations as there are photographers. Question is, are you creating well-intentioned photographs, or creating for another reason?

The Many Benefits of Old Age

We don’t think of old age as having many benefits, but it does! We grow wiser, and through patience or other means, we slow down to observe the world.

Personal Aesthetics

There isn’t any accounting for taste, although photographers can try to follow mass appeal. But is this the wise choice instead of following your heart?

Dig Deep

We often give photographs a passing glance when searching for something to study. But it’s worthwhile to dig deeper even when images don’t initially...

Time is Valuable

No matter who you ask, every photographer will have a different answer as to what they prize most highly. But time is the most valuable resource of all.