Moosaeste (Leica SL, Zeiss Sonnar 2,8/85mm)

Empty Lake

Living in a remote area in southern Germany I like to wander around, first of all by car and the last quarter mile by foot. By scanning the landscape for potential photographs I find myself looking for constellations of simplicity and clarity,...

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Ibarionex Perello

Street vs Public Photography

When explaining that I’m a street photographer, I often respond in two different ways.   The first is in reaction to people who don’t understand why I would want to make photographs that include strangers. Isn’t that a violation of privacy? Don’t...

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West Quoddy Head Lighthouse

Photographing Maine

If the contiguous United States were a blueberry scone, Maine would be a crumb on the top right corner, just barely clinging on, begging you to sample it when no one is looking. And, in fact, that experience is analogous to photographing...

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Balancing splashes of bold red with relatively larger areas of neutral browns and greys. Patagonia.

Finding Balance In Your Composition

First, let’s get things straight.  Composition is the backbone of photography and is, in my opinion, the most important photographic element in creating amazing and potentially award-winning images. Second, there are 10 key ingredients to mastering composition.  That’s right, 10.  And balance...

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Reduction can be created with a panning technique, which effectively blurs the background so the viewer can concentrate on the subject. Reduction can be used effectively in many different ways. All photographs

The Reduction Method In Landscape Photography

If you think about how we ‘make a photograph’ and then compare it with painting or drawing, you soon realize that the two disciplines are diametrically opposed in their construction and method of expression.  With painting or drawing, you start with an...

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Figure 5 Wild and Sassy L.A. Lewin

Creating A Sense Of Space In Your Compositions

Outdoor Portraiture  In recent months while attending several online and in the classroom photography critique sessions, it occurred to me how many of the participants suggested cropping photos – moving in closer, as it were – as a fix for the photograph...

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