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I came across a quote earlier this week and thought that this might be good to open up to discussion. There are too many images, too many cameras now. We’re all being watched. It gets sillier and sillier. As if all action is meaningful. Nothing is really all that special. It’s just life. If all […]

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Rich Harrington has two special guests on this week’s show. We’re joined by Dave Wilson, a freelance art photographer from Texas. Dave shares his approach to getting the best shot (no matter how many exposures it takes). Dave is a native of Scotland  who likes to photograph subjects, scenes, locations and objects which symbolize Texas, the American […]

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I get email and tweets like this every day… “New #show filmed 100% #DSLR coming soon! PLZ RT” “New motion picture filmed entirely on an iPhone – please spread the word.” “Photographer uses old The Graflex Speed Graphic to shoot weddings.” Sigh… Folks if your press release or news is about the tool you use […]

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Compromise… Yep – it’s compromise. Why? If photography/art wasn’t about compromise it would be precise – like science. And while there is certainly a scientific component to photography, it’s the compromise that makes it art. Art is about tradeoffs. What did you decide to include in the picture and as a result, what did you […]

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I’ve been having some deep discussions with other photographers lately about the need for shooters to develop good technique. In the midst of these discussions though I remembered something from my one and only art class in college – There is no technique without expression. My art teacher believed that pretty much anyone who really […]

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Carl Shortt, from Oklahoma City, OK is a regular listener to the Photofocus podcast. He sent this thought-provoking question: I’m sure that photography as art has been debated many times before but I’m not finding anything definitive; perhaps because there is no definition just opinion? At any rate, can you please share your opinion as […]

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Recently, the Pope held a meeting with hundreds of artists. Discussing beauty and art, the Pope said, “Beauty … can become a path toward the transcendent, toward the ultimate mystery, toward God,” I don’t intend to discuss my religious  beliefs here, nor should anything in this post be construed as an endorsement of the Catholic […]

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Recently, David duChemin started an interesting discussion on Twitter about photography as art or commerce and how that impacts whether or not someone is a “real” photographer. David is an artist. I’m not going to represent his point of view here. He’s very good at that and you should be reading his blog at http://www.pixelatedimage.com/blog/ […]

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Let me set the scene. The morning was perfect for photography. It was almost 60 degrees at dawn, and a light, high marine layer of diffuse clouds blocked the sun. The birds were plentiful and tame. I smelled the tang of seaweed mingled with salt in the crisp air. The humidity left my shirt damp. […]

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