The highest compliment I can pay a photographer goes something like this…
“I saw a photo on Facebook and instantly knew that it was yours.”
If you have a recognizable style. . . If you have developed and perfected a particular approach to photography over a prolonged period of time. . .If you have mastered a type of photography to the point where you are a true subject matter expert, then you have a body of work.
The story you want to tell. The things that are contained in your heart and your mind…
THESE are far more important than your camera, your lens, your settings or anything else.
I flew to McAllen, TX. This is my third trip to the Valley to photograph birds. Each trip, this one included, has been amazing. The variety of species here is really fantastic. Having lots of chances at different birds compared to what I usually see, challenges me and thrills me all at the same time
If you’ve been reading my stuff for a while or attended one of my photo workshops, you’ve no doubt heard some of my little photography sayings. If you haven’t, get ready, because here are some of my favorites. Each is an attempt to drill down to the most basic tip I can come up with to immediately improve someone’s photography. Note that I am not claiming any of these are original, although I think a few of them are. They are things I have picked up over the years reading great works by great photographers like Ansel Adams for instance.
Each year, I try to look back at what I accomplished photographically. I do this merely to have a reference point. That way, as I move forward into the next year, I can think about what I want to do to up my game.
Some of you may know that I have been doing more pictorial style photography lately. I have studied it for many years, but never felt like I had anything to share worth mentioning. When I started thinking and teaching my “feel your way to a photograph” theory, I began to find a voice that wanted to express itself through pictorial images.
I want to share just how precious each millimeter of each frame of each photograph is to me.
When I first put my eye up to the camera, each and every time, I am reminded of what it felt like to be a little boy opening a Christmas gift. It still feels that way. I get lost in the viewfinder and many human infirmities simply seem to disappear.