Exciting projects & Fall classes

This year has found me very busy working on several large projects. The largest is a book project for my high school alma mater St. Vincent’s Academy. It was within these halls that I first learned about photography and spent hours in the darkroom experiencing the magic and the science. I am honored that Sr. […]

Senior Season

Another school year is underway and planning begins early for yearbook advisors. Of paramount important is getting those senior ads in and that means LOTS of senior portrait seesions for photographers around the country. There are a few tips that might help you soon-to-be grads get the best look with the least amount of effort. […]

Getting the Most from Adobe Lightroom

Lightroom is a photo editing program used by amateurs and pros alike to organize, edit and export. At first glance, the modules seem straightforward, but this class will delve deeper, showing you how the program can be used as part of an effective workflow process: importing, editing, using/creating presets, identity plates and watermarks, print set-ups […]

Big surprises for Georgia botanical lovers

The main garden is located behind the administration building called Burnett Hall. It encompassed areas on both sides with a evergreen graden, and many floral varieties. The walkways of the main quadrangle are lined with greenery, flowers and trees as well. The International Garden has a serene pagoda style structure with a small fountain, benches […]

Blood Moon Excitement

This celestial occurance coincides with the final night of my Advanced Creative Photography class. It is in this course that my students go from the default Evaluative light meter setting to the more precise Partial/Center-Weighted and Spot meters. The blood moon or total lunar eclipse will be a great opportunity for them to try their […]

Adding Video Skills

Lately I have had a lot of questions in my photography classes about video. Now I do not pretend to be a video expert- that would be my daughter’s medium of choice. However, with HDMI video recording capabilities and the advent of hybrid products offered by professional photographers, the time has come to understand more […]

Depth of Field- It’s all in the numbers

One of the most interesting concepts artistically that my students want to achieve is called the Figure/Ground Principle. It is one of the Gestalt Principles. These principles were developed by a group of German psychologists in the 1920’s and determined how we perceived various visual stimuli. “Gestalt” means “unified whole” so in other words, it […]

Deliberate Choice

Those are the words I have been searching for for some time. In a recent discussion with a photo student, we were talking about how digital photography has changed how people photograph their subjects. I told her about a recent article I had read about how people mindlessly take thousands and thousands of photographs and […]

Additional thoughts on Nikon V1

The more I shoot with the Nikon V1 the more I am impressed.  This spiny orb weaver was a tricky subject because auto-focus just doesn’t work- manual focus is the only way to go. Thankfully the manual focus feature on the Nikon V1 which has the electronic viewfinder makes this extremely easy. The OK button […]

It’s not the size of the camera anymore

Technorati Tags: Nikon 1,technology,camera systems,mirrorless,camera comparison The days of walking around with a big bulky DSLR may be coming to an end. Bigger does not mean better anymore. Don’t be surprised if the next time you hire a professional photographer and one of their cameras is a small, lightweight, compact mirrorless camera. These new systems […]