Frisking the Viewfinder…

As a Photographer, You must examine your image carefully through the viewfinder in order to preview what the camera will record. You must be sensitive to any elements that will not be recorded as the eye perceives them. Then you can consider wether or not they need to be corrected and, if they do, how to go about doing it ! It’s impossible to…

Colour and Composition…

A Photographer controls color by both selection and technique. For example, you can add, change or eliminate colors by altering your camera position, by varying the time of the day, by extending or reducing the duration of exposure, and by using filters or computer or darkroom manipulation. You can diffuse, mix, or soften colors by throwing them out of focus and/or by using a…

Spring… Tranquil Violence !

The Air through which we shoot has a profound impact on the look and mood of an image.  try to leave your camera on the very exact same spot, at the same time of day with identical focal-length settings, and you’ll get two entirely different photographs depending on wether tha air was hazy, misty or crystal clear. If you follow my work, you know…

Preparing for a Photo Workshop…

If You want to attend a Workshop , May I suggest you read these few lines : When I teach my Workshops, I find that there are some participants who come more prepared than others. They have the right gear, they have familiarized themselves with the general area and they have the right attitude. consistently, these participants come away from the Workshops having learned…

Nature Photography and Interpretation…

For those of you who may be anxious about the mixing of silver halide and pixels, be assured that beautiful light, with all its subtlety and variation, cannot be created in the computer. There is no substitute for being out there. And the love of being out there is the first prerequisite for successful Landscape Photography. The influence of the romantic School of Landscape…

Beware of the « Grand Vista Syndrome »…

When we encounter a wild scene with obvious visual appeal, the first decision to make is what stays and what goes ! Compositional choices might be limited by features such as fence lines or utility poles, but in the absence of these, main question is :  » What is relevant to  the story and what is not ? » I find that in these situations,…

Objectivity and Creativity…

In the making of any Photograph, the Photographer intervenes on numerous occasions to make subjective decisions. The camera is a conduit for the image, a connection between « External Reality » and the photosites, the sensor. In a process controlled by the Photographer’s mind and mediated by the technical limitations of the equipment at hand. A photograph is objective only as far as the light entering…

Make Truth Your Own Truth…

Let’s be cautious ! Whilst the Camera cannot lie, « Tt  cannot help being selective ! »  No matter how objective the image appears to be we are always as selective with our interpretations of photographs as we are with the choice of view. When I made this image, I had in mind to convey this dreamy mood as a stylistic conceit. A photograph is –…

Workshop : The Way Your Camera Sees…

Great Photographers have always talked about how they see and how they train themselves to see like the camera sees ! It’s not as easy as it sounds ! The more attuned you are to how your camera responds to these fundamental elements, the better a Photographer you will be ! As a Creative guy, you should be able to « preview » the image you…

50 Shades of… Green…

When I composed this Image, I set it up as a Challenge : Do More with Less ! I had this only declination of Greens and Blues and a lonesome tree in the far… The game was this one : You’ll not leave until you’ll get the Image ! I spent some time working on « The Connection », I mean, watching Light color, waiting for…