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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If you want to elevate yourself from snap shooter or picture taker to picture maker, here are seven questions you should consider asking yourself before you make your next image. 1. What is the subject of the photograph? 2. What story does the photograph tell? 3. Am I taking this photograph because I care about […]

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One of the differences between a professional and an amateur photographer is that a professional knows when NOT to shoot. Just because you have a camera, and you ended up at place XYZ, doesn’t mean you need to make a photograph. Sometimes, the light just sucks. Sometimes, you have the wrong subject. Sometimes the background […]

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Photo Copyright Scott Bourne 2004 – All Rights Reserved It happens every time I lead an outdoor or nature photo workshop. One of the students comes to me and says something like, “But I don’t know what to shoot?” Sometimes, we’re overwhelmed by opportunity. Sometimes we’re just in a rut and nothing draws our attention. […]

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My post last week sharing 10 ways you could improve your photography without buying gear was so well received (i.e., it’s the most popular post ever at Photofocus other than camera giveaway announcements) I decided to add to it. So here are five MORE ways you can improve without buying gear. 1. Keep a diary […]

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Photo Copyright Scott Bourne 2002 – All Rights Reserved. This post is inspired by the ever-inspiring David duChemin. The author of the acclaimed Within The Frame has published two great e-books called “Ten Ways to Improve Your Craft. None of Them Involve Buying Gear” and “Ten MORE Ways to Improve Your Craft. None of Them […]

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Image and Post by Rick Sammon I forget who said it, but one of my favorite quotes about photography is: “Look for what you don’t see.” This image (certainly not the best picture you have ever seen of Double Arch in Arches National Park, UT) illustrates this point. I was showing this image during a […]

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