WORK IT: DON’T GIVE UP ON THE MAGIC

The sheer act of determining what is placed within the frame and what is left out—the organization of space—is one of the most important tasks when taking pictures. Composition is a bit like a dance.

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Your Photographic Style

We all borrow from the photographers we admire, but after a volume of work, we leave their path and carve out a new one of our own. When you see a group of photographers all shooting from the same vantage point, shoot quick and then run the other way and find your own camera position.

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STYLE & TECHNIQUE

I liken the process of shooting a volume of images to riding a roller coaster. At first it seems the process is going slow. You are in the open car, slowly making your way to the top of the tracks.

CLOSING THE GAP

From my own experience as a photography educator and workshop leader, I have seen and heard this same scenario often—photographers describe their excitement for…

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No Shortcuts To Mastery

Yousuf Karsh spent a lifetime perfecting his portrait lighting techniques. Here are Yousuf and me, graduation day, Dawson Institute of Photography, Montreal—at the beginning…

VOLUME, VOLUME,VOLUME: 10,000 HOURS: PRACTICE & PERSISTENCE

It wasn’t just the media; it seemed everyone at The Republican Convention in New York City, 2004, was taking pictures. This is one of…