As some of you may know, I am a big fan of pre-visualizing your shots. If you can see it in your mind’s eye before you capture the image, you have a better chance of making a significant photograph. I’ve written about this a bit with my Cranes in the Fire Mist shot. I pre-visualized […]

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If you could (or had to) banish one subject from your photographs what would it be and why? (Answer on Twitter to @ScottBourne.) Sometimes we get in a rut. We photograph the same thing over and over and over. That’s not always bad. But it can be. Would you eat the same thing for dinner […]

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(*Root for the other guy is just an expression – substitute gal as appropriate) I recently had the pleasure, and privilege of spending some quality time with my friend, Pulitzer Prize Winning photographer and filmmaker, Vince LaForet. He spoke at Skip’s Summer School in Vegas and as usual, wowed the crowd with an amazing slide […]

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Go to the ballgame. Go to any kind of ballgame. Take your compact camera (not your big honking pro camera with long lens which will make you stand out.) At the ballgame, you will find all sorts of interesting things to photograph. Look for signage, the game itself and most of all, the interesting people […]

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A while back I wrote a post called: Seeing The Invisible – A Photographer’s Vision. In that post I gave you an exercise – to describe a tree to a blind person. The point of that post – and this one – is to improve your visualization skills. I want you to take that exercise […]

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Fairly or unfairly, I am generally considered a gear head. I do have lots of photo gear. There’s no denying that fact. Some of it I purchased just for review on Photofocus. Some of it was given to me in an attempt to sway me. Some of it was purchased for resale later. Some of […]

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Jonathan Swift said… “Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” This quote inspires me daily as a photographer. As I walk by a grove of trees, I see things differently than my non-photographer friends. They see a clump of trees. I see the grass beneath the trees, the light streaming through […]

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Tag Cloud Courtesy Douglas Weber On Saturday, I posted this on Twitter: “What is your favorite thing about photography?” I was utterly amazed at the outpouring of response. Twitter is usually a quiet place on Saturdays, but within an hour I had hundreds of responses. It was one of the most illuminating and fulfilling moments […]

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It’s time for me to play the part of Tony Robbins. It’s motivational speaker time here at Photofocus. Sometimes, we all need a pep talk. Here’s one from me to you. Hoping that SOMEONE out there reading this today needs to hear this and can benefit. When I talk about what’s lacking in your photos, […]

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It happens to everyone. If you have photographed for a long time you find yourself in the occasional rut. A simple way out of that is to start (and finish) a photo project. Here are five ideas to get you started. If these don’t work for you, try to come up with some of your […]

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I know we live in a USA TODAY, drive-up window world. Everybody wants what they want now. So here are five things you can do in six hours – in fact on this very day to BECOME (not be) a better photographer. 1. Go to a museum. Yep – any museum. STUDY don’t just look […]

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You may have heard the old saying: “I was going to write you a short letter, but I didn’t have time, so I wrote you a long one instead.” It’s hard to write tight. It’s hard to photograph tight as well. Most professional photographers separate themselves from the amateur by knowing what NOT to include […]

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Okay time to shake it up a bit folks. You’ve been shooting the same thing over and over and your images are all starting to look the same. Time to stir up the creative juices. Every once in a while I come up with a post like this for myself as much as for anyone […]

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It’s time to jump-start your photographic vision. Here’s a fun photo assignment that will absolutely help. You will need another photographer to complete this assignment. But not just any photographer will do. You need a special photographer. You need a kid! That’s right – a kid! Go get your son, daughter, niece, nephew or neighbor […]

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When you decide to make a photograph, who are you making the photograph for? Are you making it for yourself, a client, posterity, or perhaps, you’re making it to impress the folks at the camera club? Whoever you are shooting “for,” make sure you understand that THEY are your AUDIENCE. They (in this case, even […]

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I’m a Seth Godin fan. If you get a chance, read any of his books (Tribesis one of my favorites.) They are usually quite inspiring to me. He said something recently that gave me an idea. “The best ideas come out of the corner of our eye, the edge of our consciousness, in a flash. […]

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One of the things that helped me improve my photography was learning how to stop, pause, reset my brain, breathe deep, take a moment and look more closely. It’s always intoxicating to walk up on a visually-exciting scene. Whether it’s a hot model, a beautiful mountain or field of flowers, the temptation to machine gun […]

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Trust me – this is photography-related. I went to a writer’s conference last month. I was there to support a friend. The conference featured several very famous authors who gave readings from their published works. They also taught workshops, discussing technique and craft. There were many similarities between the writer’s workshop and several photography workshops […]

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Copyright Scott Bourne 2010 – All Rights Reserved I judge many photo contests. I also critique photos on a regular basis. When a photographer stands in front of me and feels the need to explain their photo, I know I’m in trouble. You see, if you have true photographic vision, you have clarity and if […]

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The next time you ooh and ah over a DSLR remember that even the fanciest of cameras are more about imagination, vision and wonder then they are pixels, engineering and technology. ________________ This post sponsored by the Digital SLR Store

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It was very windy here today. The pelicans took a break from their fishing and just seemed content to soar in place. I swear they were just playing around. One pelican soared in the same place for almost a full minute, then circled around and did it again and again and again. He was 200 […]

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