May 24, 2017

Summer Photography Classes Filling Fast!

My summer photography classes at the Lifelong Learning Center in Missoula, MT, are filling fast. There is still space in Hands-on People Photography as well as Night & Low Light Photography at the Fair. 

Want to make better pictures of your family and friends? Join me and co-teacher Bret Tate for Hands-on People Photography, June 6 & 10. We'll have a classroom session to help you with the best camera settings for proper exposure and how to make those blurred backgrounds. along with information about the best light. Then we will practice during a Saturday field shoot and critique. Come join us!

Expand what you can do at the fair by learning how to photograph carnival lights as well as presenters and fair goers in the dim light of exhibit halls in Night & Low Light Photography at the Fair, August 8-10 & 15. We'll meet in the classroom to get tips on both subjects and then practice two nights at the Western Montana Fair. The following week we'll share our images back in the classroom. It will be great fun!

Photography in the Field, June 1-22, is full, but you can add your name to the waiting list in case someone drops.

See you this summer!

May 17, 2017

Beyond What the Camera Captured

Many of my photography students have no experience with developing and printing their photos in the black and white darkroom. So it is difficult for them to imagine how an image that they like as it came from the camera could be improved or even transformed by using photo editing tools. If you are like them, then you may find this video illuminating.

Brooks Jensen, editor of Lenswork Publishing, illustrates the range of changes it's possible to make using Lightroom. Some images have very few edits and others have extensive work applied. The point is not how to use Lightroom (such adjustments could be accomplished with a wide variety of photo editing programs), but to illustrate the creative potential that comes after we click the shutter button. I hope you enjoy it.

Beyond What the Camera Captured by Brooks Jensen

May 15, 2017

Discovering Projects in Your Photo Library

After we've become competent with shutter speeds, apertures and ISO settings on our cameras, one of our challenges is how to maintain our interest and passion for photography. One option is to move beyond making the "trophy" image and begin to work with photographic projects. A project results in a collection of related images (usually somewhere between 5 and 30 pictures) that tell a story, illustrate a concept or explore a technique. But how do you come up with a group of photos?

Dreams of Blue

In his podcast Brooks Jensen, editor of Lenswork Publishing, shares a technique he learned many years ago in a workshop with David Bayles (co-author of Art & Fear). It is so effective that Brooks has used it ever since to find the gems hidden in his photographic library.

The Bayles Exercise podcast

I had a similar experience from looking through my photos when I discovered a design that I'd been using without realizing it. I have frequently photographed a series of vertical lines in a horizontal frame. I have applied to a variety of natural and man-made objects.

Rhythm of Vertical Lines

If you are searching for a way to make projects out of the work you have already completed, take time to listen to Brooks' suggestion. I'm sure it will help you.