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#77 Take Her Picture. Let Her See What You See.

Prom, 2019

Prom, 2019


“Take her picture. Don’t wait for her to ask. Don’t make her sheepishly hand over her phone and pose because that’s the only way she can get a shot of herself in her life. Don’t expect her to recognize every picturesque moment. And don’t make her interrupt those moments to snap a selfie. …

So take her picture when she’s with her babies. Take her picture when she’s laughing, and cooking, and sitting across the table from you. Take her picture when she’s doing something she loves, and when she’s looking at people she loves. Take her picture when she’s simply walking down the street. Take her picture. Let her see what you see.”

— @sundays_are_for_lovers


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#72 Seeing: Your Eye is Not a Camera

This was a magical tree, in beautiful light. But it looks flat and unfocused here. What gives?

This was a magical tree, in beautiful light. But it looks flat and unfocused here. What gives?


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#49 When You Need a Pro…

These amazing photographs by professional photographers all have impressive production value — they are executed and crafted with unimaginable skill. But underneath the production values, the images are beautifully composed.

See how gorgeous these are? You can't do this with your iPhone. Few can. There's a reason these people are professionals.  Photo by Chris Burkard  (https://www.chrisburkard.com/)  Off-the-rails adventure photographs

See how gorgeous these are? You can't do this with your iPhone. Few can. There's a reason these people are professionals.

Photo by Chris Burkard (https://www.chrisburkard.com/) Off-the-rails adventure photographs

Photo by Alloria Winter  (http://www.alloriawinter.com/index2.php)  Lush fantastical scenes of women.

Photo by Alloria Winter (http://www.alloriawinter.com/index2.php) Lush fantastical scenes of women.

This first part is free: composition. You don’t need anything but your phone, and you can get good. Then you’ll be able to expand. These professionals all have command over composition first, and then apply that to a wide array of more complicated productions.

There are a lot of photos you see that you simply cannot create yourself and it might be frustrating. Not with an iPhone. Not without a few things: 1. access to private or particularly hard to see places; 2. gear and tools that are usually expensive and designed to handle many situations, including lights and baffles and power and lenses and GBs; 3. extremely good technical skills using tools like Adobe Photoshop, where anything is possible photo-realistically. When I see photos that are produced through these things, I can appreciate them, but i have a different reaction to when i see something amazing, that anyone might have taken if they just happened to see things that way.

When an event IS important and you want both documentation, and artful, there are experts who love doing this, and they’re worth what you pay them.


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#37 How to Give Photographs as Gifts: The Holiday Show

A photographic print is a handmade, homemade, creative project. You can make them for yourself. Or you can make them for other people. Sit and think about each person on your list—is there a photo you’ve taken, either OF them, or WITH them, or of something they have an emotional attachment to, or is there some moment in your life that feels appropriate to share with them, a way to keep yourself in their sphere?

Crafting an archival print is more than hitting “print” on a computer. Photographic artists can help create prints from your images. It transforms a moment into something different, iconic perhaps, and produces an artifact from this experience.

Crafting an archival print is more than hitting “print” on a computer. Photographic artists can help create prints from your images. It transforms a moment into something different, iconic perhaps, and produces an artifact from this experience.

Mix and Match Pictures and Frames… it’s actually sorta hard to make it work. FOR MORE INFO:  WEB

Mix and Match Pictures and Frames… it’s actually sorta hard to make it work. FOR MORE INFO: WEB

When the frames are consistent, you can get away with lots of variation in the image sizes and everything feels cohesive.  FOR MORE INFO:  WEB

When the frames are consistent, you can get away with lots of variation in the image sizes and everything feels cohesive.

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