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“Pure Images” are a Myth

By Bryan Peterson –As the years have gone by, I have been pushing myself further and further away from the “obvious” photographic opportunities and more toward the “unseen,” as well as toward creating images from “scratch” (i.e., using props and/or models, and creating compositions that are in fact inspired in part by observing the world around me or simply writing down those ideas that seem to pop in my...

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Perfect Prints From Budget Printers

By Drew Hendrix– It doesn’t take a pricey printer with many different ink colors to get beautiful prints. In fact, almost any inkjet printer made in the past ten years is capable of outputting pictures you’ll be proud to display. Do you have one of these “consumer” level printers?  Have you felt like you could not get great looking prints? Read on and you will see you can indeed make stunning quality prints with just about...

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Frame Your Images for Maximum Impact!

By Arthur H. Bleich– Throughout history, great works of art have been showcased in frames and your best images deserve no less. It’s amazing how they’ll stand out and gain stature; a framed photograph seems to announce: “Look at me, I’m worthy of viewing!” But how do you choose the right frame? For years I’ve put off framing my best images for two reasons. First, I wasn’t up to learning how to frame from scratch; for example,...

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Shoot A Photo Essay!

By Arthur H. Bleich– A photo essay is a group of images connected by a theme. It’s easier to shoot than searching randomly for picture possibilities because the theme determines the kinds of shots you’ll need. Pick a subject you’d like to visually explore in depth. Is there a bridge that’s always fascinated you? An intriguing deserted farm? A particular block in your city that’s alive with action? Choose anything that can be...

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Backup Therapy for Paranoid Photographers, Part 2

By Tim Grey–  Variability. I am often asked whether it is best to use a full backup solution where the backup is replaced each time you perform a backup, or an incremental backup where only changes made since the last backup are copied. My answer is to use both of these approaches. There are advantages and disadvantages to each type of backup, and so I encourage you to use more than one approach to help make up for the limits of each...

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Backup Therapy for Paranoid Photographers, Part 1

By Tim Grey–  To me a big part of why I capture photographic images in the first place is to preserve memories that are important to me. By definition, if I intentionally pressed the shutter release button on the camera then the photo I captured is important to me in some way. Therefore, I want to make sure that my photos are stored in a way that minimizes the risk of loss. Hard drives fail—all too often—and I want to ensure that a hard...

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Nothing Says it Better Than A Photographic Print

By Drew Hendrix– I have a friend whose daughter died when she was a teenager but he still greets her every day with: “Hi kiddo, how’s it going?” And he says she always replies with a smile from within her picture frame on the wall. He told me that when he views her image on a computer or cellphone screen, it just doesn’t seem as real. Nor would many of our memories be as pleasurable to recall if they had to be dug out from...

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Bill Frake’s “The Nebraska Project” Printed on Red River Paper

Nebraska is a place of cowboys and poets, buffalo and meadowlarks. It’s a tapestry of land harnessed to be bountiful. A place that helps feed the world. Mother Nature makes you earn your fun in the cornhusker state. Huge temperature swings, vast differences in topography, a wind that is unrelenting. She made up for it with beautiful scenes, more miles of river than any other state, and vistas that stretch on forever. So many times,...

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Digital Photos Are Not Forever!

by Drew Hendrix – Today’s digital world is fraught with danger when it comes to protecting precious photos. They easily can be ruined even when we think they’re safe and securely stored on magnetic or optical drives, CDs and DVDs or somewhere up in the Cloud. Digital disaster regularly befalls governmental agencies, educational institutions and companies big and small despite their best efforts to prevent it. It can also happen to you...

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Photographs versus Fine Art Photographs

 By Bruce Barnbaum– Throughout my photographic career, I have been asked, “What is the difference between a fine art photograph and a regular photograph?” This question was asked explicitly at the last workshop I taught before completing the text for The Essence of Photography. It’s an excellent question, one that deserves thought and discussion. My first answer is, “A lot of it is just pretentious bullshit.” It is pretentious on...

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