Tips For Photographing Cuba, Part 1

Planning a trip to Cuba? Here are some travel photography tips to consider if you find yourself in this beautiful country.
Tips For Photographing Cuba
One of my favorite countries to visit is Cuba. Pound for pound, that country offers so much culture and beauty, especially when it comes to travel photography. It’s a country that hits each of the five senses, and there’s so much to take in that it can be overwhelming. That’s why I’d like to share these travel tips to consider if you find... Read more

On Straight Photography: Analyzing Photographer Paul Graham’s “The Unreasonable Apple”

Find out why Paul Graham’s talk is such an important one for all photographers
In the arts, there are few things less misunderstood than the making of straight photography. When a photograph made from real life is successful, it always appears to the viewer as if it were made as the result of a stroke of luck. Maybe luck is something we could entertain if it weren’t for the fact that there are so many photographers out there... Read more

Interview With Photographer Amy Arbus

Photographer Amy Arbus, who is in a current group photo exhibition, discusses her start in photography and her photo of the punk rock band, The Clash
The Clash, NYC, by Amy Arbus, 1981, gelatin silver print. The Morgan Library & Museum, Gift of Amy Arbus, 2018.74 Copyright © Amy Arbus Currently exhibiting until August 18th at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City is “Among Others: Photography and the Group”, an exhibition exploring the various ways photographers have united... Read more
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Anatomy Of A Photo: Being Prepared

These apps will help you forecast the elevation and direction of the sun and the moon
Sony a7R III | Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS 1/15 sec. at f/11; ISO 100 February 13, 2019 Slovenia It’s one thing to make the effort of waking up early, driving to a foreign location and hiking to your location in the dark for that sunrise shoot. You’ll get all sorts of points for that. However, it’s another to do so without fully researching... Read more

Tips for Writing a Grant Application, Part 2

In this second of a two-part blog-post series, learn five more important tips on how best to write a grant application
Several days ago, we shared five tips to help you write a successful grant application. Below are five more to keep in mind as you embark on the grant writing process. Analyze successful grant applications. When you or someone you know has been awarded project funding, study the application carefully. If it’s your grant application, use it as a foundation... Read more

Shooting With The Sony a7R IV Full-frame Mirrorless Camera

A slideshow of photos I captured on Sony’s latest full-frame mirrorless model
This week, Sony made big news by introducing its new 61-megapixel a7R IV full-frame mirrorless camera. To get a sense of what the camera can do, I was able to shoot with the camera for the past two days during several special events Sony hosted around New York City. During the sessions, I was able to capture subjects in various settings and lighting... Read more

Keeping It Simple

Don't fall into the common trap of overcomplicating your composition
Keeping It Simple
I’ll be the first to admit that I fall into the common trap of overcomplicating my composition when a simple one would be just as effective, if not more so. It’s an easy thing to do and you shouldn’t beat yourself up over it. We’re so driven to create unique compositions that it can cloud the intent of conveying the beauty in front of you. Don’t... Read more

LUMIX S Series Updates And New Sigma Lenses

It’s been a busy week for LUMIX S Series, with firmware updates and new L-Mount lenses announced by Sigma. And learn how to adapt nearly ANY lens to an S1!
LUMIX S Series Updates & New Sigma Lenses
Lots of LUMIX S Series related news, starting with the firmware update that sets us up for the Filmmakers V-Log update coming later this month (be sure to stay tuned to my YouTube channel to learn exactly how to get and install your update for free before it becomes a paid update!).   I’ve done a whole video on how to do the update (it’s different... Read more

Tips For Writing A Grant Application, Part 1

In this first of a two-part blog-post series, learn five important tips on how best to write a grant application.
You’ve researched the grants that are available, and culled those that are best suited to your work. Now, you want to write as strong a grant application as possible. Here are five tips to help your application stand out from the rest:   Give funders a vivid, passionate description of your project. Your application is a summary of the current... Read more

Anatomy Of A Photo: Inspiration

Be mindful when you peruse magazines or websites, as you never know when inspiration will strike
Canon EOS 5D Mark II | Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM 1/400 sec. at f/9.0; ISO 200 February 04, 2011 New Hampshire, USA It’s important to be mindful when you peruse magazines or websites. You never know where inspiration will strike and it can be helpful to remember where that source of inspiration came from down the road. As an example, years ago,... Read more

Summer Reading: Photography Books To Bring To The Beach

Use this select list of photography books to enlighten and inspire you during the dog days of summer
One of my favorite ways of experiencing photography is to read about it, to intellectualize it as a way of countering all the feeling and intuition that’s required when I’m actually photographing. Here are some books I personally recommend, from my own book collection, that shed light on our favorite medium and art making in general: Ways of Seeing,... Read more

Where To Research Grants And Residencies

Use this list to help you fund your photography project or expand your skills as a photographer
Part of the challenge of obtaining funding for your work is becoming aware of the opportunities that are out there. It takes a lot of time and research to determine what opportunities are best suited for you and your work. The following websites offer lists or searchable databases of grants and residencies that are currently being offered: Alliance... Read more
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