Moments

Posted by on May 17, 2015 in Articles | No Comments

I have been thinking lately about how ephemeral photography can be. Sometimes the opportunity to photgraph something is maddeningly brief and sometimes it can be joyously long. Peak fall color here in Vermont often lasts 4 to 5 days so anytime in that window and you are going to get great shots. Photographing spider webs […]

How I do It

Posted by on May 16, 2015 in Articles | No Comments
How I do It

The other thing that I am often asked  is how I shoot- translation: how is camera set when I photograph? This is how my camera is set for 99% of my photography: Matrix metering (Evaluative if you are a Canon shooter); Aperture Priority; Auto Focus. I don’t use Auto ISO because it always picks a too high number. […]

Model Releases

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Articles | No Comments
Model Releases

The question I get asked the most when I am doing a presentation for photographers is “What about a model release?” It gets asked every time I speak, I can almost guarantee it. And I think the same people are asking the same question to different pros because they are getting different answers. Let me […]

On Writing Well

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Articles | 2 Comments
On Writing Well

I am often asked what the early influences were in my creative life. I reply by listing the most important- my parents, Elliot Porter, Sierra Club books, my dear friends John Shaw and Wayne Lynch- but there is one that has nothing to do with photography but everything to do with whatever success I have […]

Spring Wildflowers are (finally) here!

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 in Articles | No Comments
Spring Wildflowers are (finally) here!

Yeah! Wildflower season has finally started- about 10 days late! I went out looking for my little friends today and found plenty. Here in the Northeast the flowers that are now out are the very first ones- coltsfoots along the roadsides and hepatica and Dutchman’s britches in the woods. I wasn’t really intending to photograph- […]

This is Why

Posted by on Apr 29, 2015 in Articles | No Comments
This is Why

Every so often I am reminded of why I have taught photography workshops for 30 years. Case in point- I received a beautiful book in the mail yesterday produced by one of my former students, Bob Paulding. His first photography workshop was in 1997 in Acadia National Park and he took another one of workshops, Going Pro, a […]

Just Two Things- Lenses!

Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 in Articles | No Comments
Just Two Things- Lenses!

  I am about to do one of my favorite programs for a local photography club- The Lobstering Life. The presentation is based on the book I did of the same title but it is more of a behind the scenes look at how the book came about. So I have started to think about […]

The One Thing-Background!

Posted by on Apr 25, 2015 in Articles | 2 Comments
The One Thing-Background!

I am going to keep this simple- there is only one truly important thing to remember when you are taking a wildflower portrait- background. There are a few other things to be aware of certainly- how pretty the flower is, how nice the light is, is it windy, are you rushed- but all of them are […]

Presentation Giving 101

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Articles | 2 Comments
Presentation Giving 101

  I have been asked to do a presentation at the big, new OPTIC travel and photo conference that is being sponsored by Linblad and B&H down in New York City on May 4th. Very nice to be asked and I am very glad to present to a group of interested photographers. Presentations like this are […]

Time to Go to Sitka!!

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in Articles | One Comment
Time to Go to Sitka!!

Okay, let’s get right down to the nitty gritty- Sitka, Alaska is a magnificent place to go with some of the best photography in one small area that I know. Two working harbors with piles of colorful gear and rusty old boats with crusty old crew, stands of beautiful hand-carved totem poles set in a […]