Manarola, Cinque Terre, italy

When To Use Manual Mode

I have to tell you a secret: on my cameras I use aperture priority about 90% of the time. I sometimes use manual mode and very rarely shutter priority. If I feel a photo might be over- or under-exposed, I use exposure compensation (I love the fact that my Fuji cameras have a dedicated exposure compensation dial). There’s a piece …

Closing the Gap Masterclass

Great photos need so much more than f-stops and shutter speeds

Did you ever find yourself thinking one of those thoughts? “Photography makes me feel alive. I never get tired of shooting!” “Oh, this sucks. Didn’t turn out at the way I saw it!” “Trying to find my style! Aaarrgghhhhh this is so difficult.” “If I think of my hard drive and all the courses and videos I bought? Embarrassing.” Let’s …

Pablo Picasso, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, MoMA, New York

Jack Of All Trades, Master Of Some

In the past, through articles and emails and speeches, most notably in the recent talk I gave at the Out Of Chicago Photography Conference, whose recording you can find here, I mentioned the Helsinki Bus Station Theory, first introduced by Finnish photographer Arno Rafael Minkkinen. The theory is a metaphor of the life of an artist and of a photographer in …

Five tips for teaching your kid photography

Five tips for teaching your kid photography

by Dan Barr While looking at something in front of us, it is difficult to take note of each aspect which is within our vision. A moment will only last for so long. But you tend not to notice everything about it. For example, at a birthday party, when the cake is being cut, it is not possible to observe …

Better Living Through Photography

Better Living Through Photography, the Presentation

Here is a recording of one the two sessions I recently gave at the 2018 Out Of Chicago Summer Photography Conference. It’s a complete audio recording and slideshow. It will be like you were there with me and I hope you will find it informative and thought-provoking. This presentation, titled Better Living Through Photography, is one that I have spent …

Better Living Through Social Media

I was inspired to record this post by reading a post on Facebook by a friend of mine, who recently wrote: “I belong to a LOT of photography groups here on FB. I thought they would help me to become better at my art. Really all they’ve done is make me want to quit. If you haven’t noticed I haven’t …