is the start of it all...
A friend, gifted in the
photography of people and activities,
asked if I “photoshop” my
work. The straight forward answer is “no.”
I'm somewhat of an old fashioned purest
even though digital photographers can
and do now manipulate the process without
a darkroom. Most of my work is from digital
cameras. I use bigger Sonys because I
can do 95% of my creativity right while
snapping the shutter. I use a variety
of custom settings and techniques that
work for me. Many do not know that my
results are possible at the time of capture.
I also take lots of photos at a setting,
with the shutter sound turned off, sometimes
making eye contact with the subject even
around the camera. They are not sidetracked
by when or how many exposures are taken
while or if I talk.
I may use software for white
balance since I tend to always use ambient
light even during low light situations,
often putting up with soft focus type
results rather than flash which I avoid
unless I can't. I may also use software
to dodge & burn if I can't resist,
adjust exposure if necessary or desired,
intensify color, remove my stray grey
beard hair from lens image, or otherwise
the real gift that I have…
is to see what others tend
to miss, in a way they haven't, and then
catch their attention. Sometimes I have
to give an explanation so as to enable
the vision, understanding or insight requested.
that I've paid attention
to is don't severely crop the captured
image using the viewfinder and shutter
since what you miss you miss. However,
I still crop there, but with some margins
of space, visualizing the final crop and
then backing out the zoom, increasing
the wide angle or my positioning. Digital
resolution plays a direct part because
of final format size and other.
If it is a portrait (character
study) I'm taking, I believe in filling
85% plus of the framed real estate with
the face or other appropriate object.
There is no need, in my opinion, in showing
belt, shoes, or expensive background...unless
those are the objects of interest. Only
then, each component tends to get its
own picture without visual diversion.
attending life’s significant happenings…
I may provide 8”
x 10”' prints and perhaps a professional
flip album with selected candid shots,
slightly off center, capturing details
not noticed but cherished after the fact.
Taken while other professionals handled