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How to Photograph Flowers by Dr. Henry Domke


Here’s a short video lecture about photographing flowers by one of my best friends in the world, Dr. Henry Domke. Henry lives in central Missouri and photographs flowers on his property for a living. It’s pretty much as good as it sounds. (And he’s one of the hardest working people I’ve ever known.) I don’t think he needs much more introduction than that. Here are two links. One is for Henry Domke Fine Art and other is for the company that makes the Plamp. (It’s a plant-clamp—get it? Plamp.) You flower photographers are going to love this.  

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How to Photograph Fireworks


  Photographing fireworks is really fun and, if you’ve never done it, enormously satisfying. For many amateurs it falls into the “Wow, I didn’t know I could do that!” category—well, you can. And fireworks pictures are a wonderful exercise in manual photography—manual focus and manual exposure are the only way to go. Here’s the idea. Fireworks are actually very bright and they evolve over time—usually a few seconds. So you want your shutter to be open for a relatively long time—probably 2 to 4 seconds. In the world of photography, that’s a long, long time. Long shutter speeds and bright….

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REBECCA BARGER / Great Women Photographers


  Last summer I got together for a weekend with several of my Men–Men–Men photographer friends and ended up sharing their advice for amateur photographers with you. I received some comments asking if I knew any women photographers. Well, yes, I know several incredible photographers that fit that description. So over the next couple weeks I’m going to share some interviews that I did recently with female photographers and dear friends that I’ve worked with over the years. Today I would like to share the thoughts of Rebecca Barger. Rebecca was hired at the Inquirer in 1985 and served as….

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APRIL SAUL / My Great Photographer Friends


  Here’s my last installment of interviews with my great photographer friends. Last summer I profiled a group of men and now it’s the women’s turn. April Saul has been a staff photographer at The Philadephia Inquirer since 1981. She is certainly one of the most dedicated, socially-conscience photographers I’ve ever known. She has boundless energy for helping and caring for other people and it shows up in her photographs. I’m so fortunate to know her and proud to call her my friend. Here, in her own words, are her thoughts on life and photography. (April also wrote the captions….

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SHARON WOHLMUTH / My Great Photographer Friends


Sharon Wohlmuth and I worked at The Philadelphia Inquirer together in the early 80’s. While she was at the Inquirer she did a book called Sisters that became a publishing phenomena. It’s one of the best-selling photo books of recent decades. Here are some of her thoughts about photography and life from an interview I recently did with her. Here’s Sharon. Being a photographer—what does that mean? Who am I as a photographer? All those years of taking pictures for a newspaper or of my family or my books–as a person, how I perceive the world? How do I perceive….

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ANN YOW-DYSON / Great Women Photographers


    PART TWO in a recurring series of interviews with some of my good friends. I attended the University of Missouri School of Journalism with Ann Yow-Dyson. She eventually ended up as a staff photographer at the Seattle Times for many years and then a professor of photography at the University of Washington. She now lives in Bellingham, Washington. Here’s Ann’s voice: It’s a great exercise for me to reflect on how I do what I do. It becomes so intuitive after a matter of years that you don’t really think about the process behind it. I guess if….

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MANUAL WEEK / What is Clipping? / Bonus Tip


  Here’s a short video that explains the concept. It may help some of you.  

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How to Photograph Fireworks


    Photographing fireworks is really fun and, if you’ve never done it, enormously satisfying. For many amateurs it falls into the “Wow, I didn’t know I could do that!” category—well, you can. And fireworks pictures are a wonderful exercise in manual photography—manual focus and manual exposure are the only way to go.  

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The Annual Mouth Noise Fireworks Display


  As some of you may know, I’m a frustrated mouth noises nut. The video is a little over two minutes; watch it and you’ll see what I mean. It’s just my little contribution to making our country safe for democracy. Please share this with as many immature, adolescent boys as possible. I’d like to thank all of our friends who went to the trouble to post photos on the Facebook page for me to use. I tried to use as many of them as possible. (I almost fainted recording the show—true story. And my throat is raw as I….

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WHAT DO TELEPHOTO LENSES REALLY DO? March 23


There was a video on YouTube floating around recently that was cleverly produced by a commercial photographer mocking all of the questions that people ask someone who has an expensive looking camera hanging around their neck. (I want you to know that I try to be as friendly as possible with these people. This represents several hundred conversations in my lifetime, I would guess.) And very near the top of the list of questions I’ve been asked is one that really makes no sense, but these poor people don’t know how else to phrase the question. This, verbatim, is what….

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HOW TO SIZE A PHOTOGRAPH FOR EMAILING / March 19


If you understand HOW to properly size a picture to be emailed and you understand WHY you used the size you did, you’re on your way to understanding how to size pictures in general. After much deliberation and thought, I’ve decided to go way out on a limb and simply tell you how big your emailed pictures should be. I suspect we would not have to travel very far to find an expert that would tell you that’s a bad idea. The expert would likely explain that there are so many variables and uses of photographs picking one-size-to-fit-all is a….

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REFLECTIONS ON REFLECTORS / March 15


  At it’s most basic, a reflector is a flat, reflective object—generally white or silver— that adds light to a picture. It’s usually held by someone barely out of the frame directing light onto the subject. The ones sold by camera equipment companies come in a variety of sizes. I own one that can collapse and fit in a pocket and one that’s six feet in diameter when it’s opened up. The collapsible ones are nothing more that a piece of shiny cloth stretched over some kind of springy frame to keep it flat. In the hands of a skilled….

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JUMPING ON THE BED – March 8


THE SITUATION: There are people—most likely your children—jumping on your bed. (Hopefully they’re your children.) It’s past their bedtime. It’s almost your bedtime. THE PROBLEM: The light is dim and they’re moving. Experience says kids that won’t hold still under any circumstances are outside your photographic grasp. You lack confidence. Not to worry, all photographers lack confidence in this situation. YOUR HOPE: You optimistically see this as an opportunity for a memorable family photograph. In your mind’s eye there are happy, elated, airborne children loving life. You know this picture can be taken—you saw it on a greeting card. (The….

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HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH THROUGH A WINDOW / March 1


The day will come when there’s going to be a piece of glass between you and something you want to photograph. For whatever reason, you can’t get to the other side. You may be in a house looking out. You may be outside looking in. Maybe you’re in a car or a train. (Hopefully, you’re not driving the car or the train.)Whatever the circumstances, shooting through glass is almost always less than ideal. The problem is reflections. It helps to know how they work before you can try to eliminate them. And the keyword is try. Sometimes there’s very little….

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The RELATIONSHIP / F-STOPS, SHUTTER SPEEDS, AND ISO / Feb. 21


Yesterday’s lesson about ISO and today’s lesson are admittedly a bit technical. Every once in a while it will be good for us if we dive into the cold water and swim a lap or two; I promise not to make a steady diet out of it. But these litle bits of knowledge can take you a long way toward using your camera on manual settings and manual settings is where the creative stuff happens. Please don’t be afraid. I’m here to help. What I want you to get out of today’s lesson is actually very simple. If you get….

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VALENTINE’S DAY PHOTO IDEA / Bokeh / Feb. 9


Bokeh is simply a funny sounding optical term for how and why things go out of focus—usually backgrounds. If you follow a few simple rules bokeh let’s you turn a string of Christmas lights into dreamy out-of-focus hearts that scream Happy Valentine’s Day. And trust me, the kids will love this. Actually everybody loves this.

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ACCEPT DEPTH OF FIELD AS YOUR FRIEND / Feb. 5


Perhaps the most mysterious and powerful tool professional photographers use to keep amateurs at bay is depth of field. With it, they decide what’s in focus and out of focus, leaving photographers mystified by the laws of optics wondering just exactly how they did that.

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