Photog Class 6: Learning and Growing

Now that you have been introduced to the fundamentals of photography you can begin the iterative process of learning and growing.  That means taking photographs, reviewing, editing and publishing, in one form or another. The process of achieving competence at anything...

Aiming and Goals

The more I live the more convinced I am that you generally get what you are pointing at. Knowing what you want and where you want to go, is one of the best predictors of what you will actually achieve.  So it kinda matters what you point at-- what your goals are. But...

Sunday in Spring

Today was a good day.  We went to church.  The big kids were both volunteering (yeah, they are pretty amazing!), but all I had to do was text them from bed that they should make sure to go with each other, and the case was solved.  The rest of us showed up just before...

Human Habitat

Humans are builders.  Some animals like prairie dogs and beavers build things, and of course, birds build nests. But humans create very sophisticated habitat for themselves.  The urban habitat with skyscrapers and subways is complex at a level that makes the whole...

Ancient and Future Wind

What does it mean that the animation of weather induced air currents has preceded my existence by at least six thousand years, and is very likely to succeed my earthly journey by at least as many millennia?  We think of winds and weather as temporary and changeable,...

Is “Like-Minded Friend” an Oxymoron?

So maybe that title looks like nonsense to you.  Maybe you think "of course, you can have like-minded friends, that's what draws people together, shared values!" And that's right, I can pretty much agree with that statement. So is that the end of the story?  Well, not...

The Difficult That I Do Not Think Is Work

Today on YouTube I was listening to Mark Manson on the Impact Theory vlog with Tom Bilyue.  You can listen to the interview/podcast here although I need to give a language alert.  Mark's book is named "The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F$%*" so swearing comes up a few...

Travel Camera

We're planning a trip, and I'm trying to decide between a few different main camera options.  Here are the options on the table: Take my Sony a7iii and three zoom lenses including my large 70-200 f2.8.  I'm worried that the 70-200 is too big and heavy. Take my Sony...

Photog Class 5: The Moment

A photograph is a visual moment frozen in time. Whether you have captured the sunlight shining through a rolling breaker wave, or a fleeting expression on a mother's face at a wedding there is an enduring and captivating magic in the ability of the camera to freeze...

68 GB

I attended and photographed the the UI commencement for the first time today. I've lived in Moscow, Idaho since 1996 minus 2000-2001 and I have never attended a commencement at UI.  I brought home about 68 GB of photos.  And commensurate with that number I was...

VIPs and Cameras

Definitely one of the perks of being a photographer is that your job takes you to photograph interesting people, and sometimes those people are also VIPs.  Tonight was one of those nights.  I covered the Presidents Commencement Dinner for the University of Idaho and I...

Public Relations and Publicity

I'm watching the Netflix documentary on Donald Trump right now.  The role of Public Relations and Publicity in his whole story is very interesting.  I'm interested in his story as an avatar for what social media and the availability of unlimited distribution has put...

Work

I have an interesting relationship to work. I was raised in the midwest (North Dakota to be precise) with a farmer grandpa on one side and a retired farm equipment dealer on the other.  I remember learning to use a push broom.  My dad showed me the right way.  Brush,...

Photog Class 4: Exposure

Exposure is the amount of light you record on the sensor for any part of a frame.  First, we'll talk about the various ways to control your exposure, then we'll discuss some creative principles and opportunities created by exposure. There are three ways to control...

Why Adobe Reminds Me of Canon (not in a good way)

Adobe software is the absolute standard in media production today, and has steadily gained market-share over the last 20 years, as far as I can tell.  They make the most powerful tools and they cover the broadest spectrum of digital production needs.  In photography...

Sanding with the Grain

I have a vague memory of the first time I was sanding.  I don't remember what it even was that I was working on, but I remember my uncle telling me to sand with the grain.  Showing me what the grain in the wood was and how when you sand a piece of wood you want to...

Later Day Saints

Today we went on a memorial bike ride to celebrate the life of our neighbor Mike Dixon who died unexpectedly of a heart attack in 2014.  Mike was a Mormon or Later Day Saint, who was survived by his wife and eight children.  They lived directly across the street from...

Teenagers

I have 3 teenagers.  In a year I'll have 4 teenagers. That's where I'll max out, by the time the next kid is a teen the oldest will have rolled over into her twenties. At times it's hard for me to believe that this is on the immediate horizon. I have good kids.  So...

Busy = Coconut Stories, VR, and Group Photos

This post is going to have to be short because I'm quite busy right now.  End of the school year is approaching and University of Idaho is one of my regular photography clients.  I have to say that I really love the work I get to do there.  Universities, especially I...

Ideology vs. People

Today Claire shared this article on her advocacy FB page.  I now realize that this is pretty old (2014 looks like).  Whatever the case it is a blog post that offers a perspective on why it's so difficult to try to engage fundamentalists in real conversation.  And...

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