Inspired: 2-24-2017

Student Favorites from the Who Are you Assignment.

Take a moment or two and explore some of the photographers on this list. The list is varied and interesting. I was inspired by the variety and quality of photographers you shared with me. Keep exploring!

Dorthea Lange  x5

Paul Nicklen

John Hyde

Jo-Anne McArthur

Alex Kolosvok

Samuel Richard

Nadia Meli

Imogen Cunningham


Tom Medvedich

Steve McCurry x3

Mathew Brady

Annie Leibovitz x4

Anne Geddes

John Sexton

Andrea Rapisarda

Todd Hido   (One of My Favorites)

Art Wolfe

Stephen Wilkes   (One of My Favorites)

Thomas Heaton

Mallory Walsh x2

Oscar Picazo

Veronique Yang

Mary Kay (Maria Kaimaki)

Benjamin Von Wong X2

Alison Wright

Jamey Price

Henri Cartier – Bresson

Edward Weston

Kat Irlin

Peter Lik

Nick Page

Lucien Hervé

Aaron Nace

Josh Rossi

Renee Robyn


Andreas Gursky x2     (One of My Favorites)

Tech: LUTs

Something to explore in Photoshop now that you know what it is.

Give this a try.


If you download some free LUTs  you can save them. The LUTs will pop up in the drop down menu rather than loading them from your desktop.

applications/photoshop CC 2015/Presets/3DLUTs on a Mac


c:Program Files\adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2015\Presets\3DLUTs on a PC

Inspired: 2-17-2017

Really: 2-15-2017

Inspired: 2-13-2017

Peak Design Student Discounts

Hi Gang,
If you are interested in a Peak Design Bag you can get a 15% discount when checking out online by entering the PROMO CODE: PDStudent

I just bought the Everyday Sling. I will report back with my thoughts after some use.

Inspires: 2-10-2017

WPPI 2017: post 1

What I know so far.

Scroll Down for the EXTRA CREDIT info.


5 more photography books

5 more photography books you should have in your library.

• Walker Evans: American Photographs: Seventy-Fifth Anniversary Edition

• Stephen Shore: Uncommon Places: The Complete Works

• Todd Hido: Intimate Distance: Twenty-Five Years of Photographs, A Chronological Album

• Robert Adams: The New West

• Magnum Contact Sheets


Snappy Snappy: WPPI Extra Credit

WPPI Scavenger hunt of not BORING expo photos.
Capture dynamic, well exposed images of your WPPI adventure.


1) Make an image of the convention center.

2) Photograph a crowd. Remember not a boring crowd shot.

3) Photograph a crowd and within the image let us know where you are. An expo booth, a demonstration, listening to a lecture, Canon, Nikon, Epson, etc.

4) Photograph a dissected camera or lens.

5) Photograph a famous photographer. Get their name. When emailing me the images include the photographers name. you only get credit if you know their name.

6) Photograph your favorite booth and when emailing me the images tell me why it was your favorite booth.

7) Photograph a model.

8) Photograph the most interesting person you see. When emailing me the images tell my why you thought they were interesting.

9) Photograph someone with a BIG camera.

10) Make a WOW photo. Photograph something that is way cool. Use a cool technique in post processing of your photo. When I look at the photo I want to say wow.

• Email me your 10 images.
• Size them 2048 pixels on the long side 72ppi
• Save as .jpg, quality 10
• Title them your last name_ first initial_ image #.extension
    example: Smith_M_#2.jpg

Email to
In the subject line put your class and your name.

• 10 points extra credit.
• Must be emailed to me before 6PM, Wednesday, February 14.

Have Fun!


Inspired: 2-3-2017

A few of my classes have been working on diptychs this week. Thought I would share 2 videos about putting together a diptych. Get out and make one, or 10.

Images used in the first video were photographed by CSN student Jacob Lucero.


5 Photography Books

5 photography books you should have in your library.

• Looking at Photographs: 100 Pictures from the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art Paperback – September 1, 1976

Robert Adams: Beauty in Photography: Essays in Defense of Traditional Values

• William Eggleston's Guide

• The Americans by Robert Frank, Link

• Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph: Fortieth-Anniversary Edition 40th ed. Edition

These are some of my go to books, and have been for many years. I find inspiration and more when I open the pages to these books. I'm sure you will as well.


Exercise: 1-27-2017

Double Exposure/Multi Exposure:
Shooting two images (or more) in a single frame.

You will need to pre-visualize how the images will blend together. The placement of subjects, how busy the backgrounds are and more. Busy, busy can make a very chaotic finished image. Think busy scene and then a simple scene, try the reverse. Sometimes a little luck will work in your favor.

Darker scenes blend better many times. Lighter scenes you may blow out areas of information. This can work also, depending on what you want to say with your images. What do you want to say? Try shooting the darker scene and then the second exposure a lighter scene. Of course experiment. Light, light: Dark, dark: Light, dark: Keep a journal entry of what works so you can recreate your successes.

Here are some double exposure apps for your smart phone.
•Pic Blender Double Exposure
•Hipstamatic, (a favorite app of mine)
•Little Photo
•Adobe Photoshop Mix app

•Lets add to this list and share some examples of what we are creating.

Some of your DSLR’s and micro 4/3rds cameras have double exposure/multi exposure capabilities. Explore your manual for the information on what your camera is capable of doing.
Here is a list of cameras that have double exposure/multi exposure capability:

I have been exploring double exposures using the Fuji Instax Mini90. An Instant film camera and then scanning the prints to share online and to print larger. I have to say there is something nice about those little prints. I have also been adding the date on the back of the prints, I thought I would miss that piece of metadata later in the year.

You can create a double exposure effect using your editing skills after the shoot. You can do this in Photoshop and many apps for your smart phone.

Explore and have fun!!!


Over my sabbatical I explored and discovered many new artists and rediscovered a few from my past. John Berger who wrote Ways of Seeing A book that had much impact on me and many other visual artists died January 2, 2017. This has brought us many tributes on his vision and passion. If you have not read his book I recommend you do, here is a link on Amazon.

Austin Kleon has put together a link to the BBC television show from 1972 Ways of Seeing that the book was based on. Click Here.

Speaking of Austin Kleon he had a great impact on me over the past year his books Steal Like an Artist and Show your Work are fantastic! Pick up a copy and get inspired!  Here is a link to Austin's website.

Shoot More!


Inspired: 1-20-2017

I'm working on mine right now. Success comes with a little thinking and planning. Get to it!