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Editor’s Note: This is a highly personal story.  From time to time we put techniques aside and look at inspiration. Mental Illness and life struggles can be a taboo to talk about. Recent public figures have started talking more about it, especially since Robin Williams passed away from depression. Yes, he didn’t die from any […]

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At first blush, the cynic in me questions why there has to be a singular day where Americans acutely focus a laser-like concentrated beam on being thankful. Why do we have a federal holiday devoted to expressing thanks? Isn’t one of the hallmarks of being a genuinely humble person to be thankful every day? Maybe […]

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I struggle with finding inspiration on a regular basis. I think that we all feel this way at times; we want to create, but the flame of inspiration is just not burning. This article is an excerpt from my eBook, The Inspired Photographer, in which I share twenty ideas to help spark that flame of inspiration inside of you. One of […]

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I was reading my pal Scott Kelby’s KelbyOne.com blog and saw a fantastic quote from none other than Jay Maisel. This master of photography summed up 10 years worth of training in one sentence. “If it doesn’t excite you – don’t shoot.” While it may seem simple, it isn’t. So many photographers will shoot “something” […]

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When I turned around, this was my view! Clouds, and a very unique foreground. I prefer this photograph over the "iconic" arch formation.

Oftentimes when traveling to a photography destinations, I have a pretty good idea of the photographs that I will be trying to get. Whether it’s an iconic natural formation, such as Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park, or a particular event or classic scene, it’s always good to come home with your own version of […]

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Have you ever seen someone you would love to photograph but you don’t know how to approach them? “Talking to Strangers” tells a short story on how I asked a stranger to pose for a silhouette. Later we became friends.

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I’m sure many of you photographers reading this post can sympathize with the plight of ever-maneuvering ourselves and our cameras around so that we can omit any obstacles from our frame. Whether we’re contorting in some undiscovered yoga position or have our tripods defying gravity with the way they’re being balanced, we go to great […]

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