Fads and Technology

I’ve been in the photo business for a while now, and I’ve seen fads and technologies come and go. We can do things with cameras and software that were unimaginable a few decades ago. When digital photography first came on … read more

The Covid Year

Welcome to 2020. I hear my friends say this with irony as one disaster after another seems to fill our lives. First, the Covid epidemic. In February I got out of Europe and returned to my home in California only … read more

Post Production of Photos

Many photographers have strong opinions about this subject. Decades ago, I shot mostly Kodachromes (the highest-quality film of its day) and photo editing possibilities were very limited. To compensate, we used tricks like fill flash, split neutral-density and warming/cooling filters. … read more

Expectations and Surprises

Twice in the last week or so I’ve done small local photo outings with certain goals in mind. In both cases I didn’t meet my goals but found even better photo subjects. In the first instance I went to one … read more

Photograph with a Story

Every photo has a story, and the story behind this photo of a little boy, bravely scampering up a homemade ladder on an isolated stretch of Alaska coastline, is a humdinger. When I took this photo, back in the early … read more

Adapting to the Digital World

Recent headlines in the photography world have chronicled the dilemma of Christopher Burkett, one of America’s renowned landscape photographers. Burkett, now up in years, has perfected his process of painstakingly using a giant 8×10 view camera with film to create … read more

Aerial Photography Adventures

There are still a few folks left on the planet who think photography is so easy, nothing more than pushing that shutter button. Of course the ease of smart phone use contributes to the myth. But here’s a little anecdote; … read more

Workshops That Will Never Happen

Slogging my way through a field of stickers on this hot summer morning and keeping an eye out for rattlesnakes, I come upon the ruins: massive granite blocks sliding into decay. I am at the site of one of the … read more