“Shadows and Light” – A conversation with Photographer Tim Carlson

Tim is one of those photographers that makes me want to go out and take more photos. The way he sees the world and captures common beauty astounds me. Our conversation was enlightening for me, not having delved into film photography for a long, long time. Tim also happens to be a member of my photography community, Cameras and Coffee Cups. If this conversation interests you, come…

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Yes, You Are a Photographer

After class last weekend, I struck up a conversation with one of my students. During the conversation, she cautioned me: "But I'm not a photographer. Not really. I just take pictures." I asked her what she meant, and she said she couldn't begin to compare herself to others out there, and that every time she got on Instagram she felt like she had so much to learn.…

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Stress Relief Through Photography

Hello friends. I have an honest question for you, and one I hope you take a moment to consider: how are you? That question is powerful, isn't it? In my 18 years of teaching photography and journalism it was one of the defining questions I would ask my students daily. Some of you know my story, and how I recently resigned from my teaching position. To say that this…

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Why Community Matters with Photography Education

You've got a camera and a desire to take better photographs. You want to take photos like you see on Instagram or some of your favorite blogs. You thought the camera would be the difference, didn't you? A better camera takes better pictures, doesn't it? I get it! I was there for many years while I struggled to take the photographs I wanted to take. While a…

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Is It Okay To Love Broken Things?

I was driving down a country road going a bit too fast trying to make it to a destination I had on Google Maps that I had researched months ago. From the corner of my eye, just at those trees you see here to the left, I spotted this house. I hit the brakes like so many of my fellow photographers have done and shifted into reverse.…

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The Concept of Delight (And Why I Love My Fuji Camera)

People often ask me why I've chosen Fuji to be "my" camera system. Ask almost anyone who knows a lot about modern digital technology about which camera system to buy and Fuji is almost never at the top of the list. They don't have the most resolution (unless you spend $10,000 on a GFX medium format). They don't have the fastest autofocus system. They don't have the…

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Could You Could Use a Focused Photography Community?

Are you tired of the algorithm-based world of social media and online platforms we all use online? If so, I have an alternative for you to consider.. I have to be honest about something: I'm losing my trust in the idea of the "free" platforms out there. The more I'm out there on YouTube and Facebook I'm realizing that every moment of our time there is monetized.…

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A Quick Dramatic Photo Edit Using Darkroom, Lightroom and Photoshop

I took this photo earlier today on the way home from a friend's house. It was rainy and dreary, and I didn't even get out of the car to get this shot because I didn't want to get wet and cold. Yes, I'm a wimp. I knew when I took the photo that I had something there. The initial photo was no good, of course, but there…

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