Simplicity….

For many photographers, no aspect of photography is more difficult than composition. Perhaps, for that reason,  people have tried to create rules for composing photographs. But the landscape Masters of the past were unanimous in their disdain for such formulas. « To consult the rules of Composition before making a Photograph is a little like consulting the law of gravitation before going for a walk »…

An Inevitable Photograph…

To those of you who know Ansel Adams, you may know these words belong to him : while driving to Sante Fe, he glanced to his left and saw a scenery he described as « An Inevitable Photograph… » but, while it seemed inevitable to him, how many photographers would have realized the potential of the scene ? Our challenge, as Photographers, is to be able to…

Dominance and Proportions…

Dominance usually means that some aspect of composition influences the entire composition more strongly than all the other aspects. The dominant part of a photograph is often called the centre of interest or major motif. But, be careful, it’s not what I call the Subject Matter. Subject Matter comes from all the elements that build your image. It is, or should be, a resulting…

Bords de Loire…

I keep on thinking Photographers have to be technically proficient even if editing softwares can help in some ways  ! Now that most Photographers shoot in digital, it’s much easier to fake the technical side. But you either have the ability to compose great images or you don’t ! Editing Softwares can enhance a good image but it won’t create one. Once more, what…

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…

Early Morning…

When composing an Image, I’m always wondering what’s the Subject Matter and how can I reinforce the message. For instance, in this picture of trees barely glimpsed through morning mists may provide little factual information about either the trees or the mists, yet give an accurate sense of atmospheric and weather conditions, and an overall feeling of the scene. When interpreting Nature, you can…

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…