Here's a thought

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HT0911 - Working a Landscape

There are times in the landscape when there seem to be an image that is simply outstanding and the only challenge is to photograph it effectively. But I generally find that kind of landscape less interesting, and surely less fun. I prefer to find myself in a landscape that I can work with variety during a few hours of intense labor.


HT0912 - I Failed, Badly

I received an email from a fellow who had seen my latest book, Dreams of Japan. He wrote to advise that I might want to consider getting a better lens because all the images were slightly soft and, to make matters worse he continued, the highlights were fogged due to lens flare. Evidently, this fellow completely missed the idea that I was trying to present dream-like images, hence the title Dreams of Japan. With him, I clearly failed to communicate how my chosen aesthetic made sense in the context of the project.


HT0913 - Advertising and non-Advertising

The best way to get the word out about your artwork is the way that always been and always will be the best way — word of mouth.


HT0914 - The Scouts Were Right, Be Prepared

You never know when you will stumble into a basket of good fortune and terrific photographic opportunity. And of course you will lose those opportunities unless you are prepared.


HT0915 - Equipment Limitations

Many times, pretty much any equipment will do the job. There are, however, times when a specific piece of gear is the only path to success. That's bad news for our budgets.


HT0916 - A Good Day

How do you assess the success of your day out photographing? How many "keepers" does it take to make a good day in the field?


HT0917 - The Ethics of the Sky Replacement Tool

Photoshop's new sky replacement tool is simply amazing, but is its use ethical? I think how we answer that question is determined by our basic philosophy of how we use photography. It's another form of the age-old question about whether we take photographs or make photographs.


HT0918 - The Downside of the Gathering Assets Strategy

One of the challenges of digital photography is that the machines have become so good that we can return from a session with literally hundreds of properly focused and properly exposed images. That allows us to gather lots and lots of assets, but what do we do with all those images?


HT0919 - One Subject, Two Orientations

Most frequently, I find that the subject of the photograph determines the orientation I use. As obvious as that might sound, I've also found it an incredibly useful strategy to force myself to use the opposite orientation. Does not only keeps me out of creative ruts, but I can't tell you the number of times I've been working a project only to wish I had an image in the opposite orientation because it fit the layout of the project better.


HT0920 - Baby, It's Cold Outside

No doubt photography is one of the greatest visual media of all. But that doesn't mean that we don't have to be very clever indeed to invoke other senses. Things like our sense of smell, touch, or our sense of temperature are not aspects of our photographs, but they can be aspects of the viewers experience if we are clever enough to include them in the visual.


HT0921 - An Inner Glow

Photographs technically cannot have an inner glow because they are not a source of light. Any light we might perceive is reflected. Nonetheless, experientially, some photographs do. It's undeniable. So how does this happen?


HT0922 - Fact or Metaphor

A great train of thought comes from Guy Tal's book, More Than a Rock, in which he differentiates between representational photography and creative photography.


HT0923 - Beyond "It's pretty"

Photographs of the Grand Canyon exist by the bushelful on the internet. I reviewed, for reasons I'll discuss elsewhere, several hundred images and they all seemed based in the same premise: the Grand Canyon is a pretty place. That's true, but that's not the only perspective by which we can enjoy this seventh wonder of the world.


HT0924 - Just the Right Amount of Tired

It's a fairly consistent truth in my photography that it improves when I'm ever so slightly tired. I think when I get a little tired, my mind shuts down just a little bit, and my photography becomes less intellectual and more reactive. If I get too tired, then my photography gets worse because I become lazy. Just the right amount of tired is the sweet spot where I make my best work.


HT0925 - What Your Camera Captures

What your camera actually captures is, in theory, what your eye actually sees. But that is not the basis for art making. The real question is not what you see with your eyes, but what you see without your eyes, that is to say, what you see with your heart. That is precisely what we should hope to create as a work of art.