Here's a little piece I was asked to write for the Whatcom Community College newsletter:
A Couple of Things to Consider on the Road to Making a Good Photograph
Photography is a powerful means of communication, but here are a couple things to consider to effectively communicate what you see in your mind’s eye.
Know Your Tools
Buying a shop full of saws and hammers doesn’t mean you’ll instantly be able to build a house. Photography is no different; buying a great camera doesn’t make you a great photographer. The first step is understanding how this new tool works. Obviously, taking a class is one quick way to get up to speed. Reading the manual (and keeping it with you) is another. But the most important advice I can offer is to use your camera. Taking lots of photos is a given, but you should also spend time flipping through the menus and familiarizing yourself with where things are and what they do.
Look at Photographs
Just as a good writer reads a lot, one of the best ways to learn and understand photography is to look at lots of good photographs. You can do this online at places like Flickr, 500px or at a particular photographer’s website. I also recommend the library or bookstores, not just for technical books but for books of photographs, both historical and current. Seeing other peoples’ work gives you an idea of possibilities. I’m not suggesting copying someone’s work, but to be inspired to create work that is your own.
I was asked to keep it between 200-250 words, not always easy to do. I guess learning to be succinct is a good exercise.
I've been doing a lot of hiking, and by extension, a lot of photography this summer. So I have a lot of processing to catch up on. Consequently, The Blog has been neglected. I'm off hiking next weekend as well. After that I plan on doing a "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" post with new images.
As an aside, I'm still processing images from a trip to the Southwest last April. So maybe I'll post some more of those in the future as well.