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20 03, 2023

Art 4 Why Take Photos?

By |2023-04-12T10:42:50-08:00March 20th, 2023|Categories: Art of Photography, How-to Tips|0 Comments

Why Take Photos I thought about whether or not I wanted to title this article “Why Take Photos” or “Who Do You Take Photos.” Either way, the answer might change based on how long you’ve been taking pictures.  In the beginning of my journey as a photographer, I think I would have answered differently than I [...]

20 11, 2022

ICM – Getting Started

By |2022-11-21T10:35:33-08:00November 20th, 2022|Categories: Art of Photography|0 Comments

Expectations in ICM are very different from traditional photography. The advice – the teaching - is also different. Those of us sharing how to approach ICM to do it differently than traditional photography instructors or group leaders. The process is so very different. I remember being at photography sites like a waterfall in Yosemite, the Mormon [...]

28 10, 2022

Action Figure Photography

By |2022-11-21T11:29:38-08:00October 28th, 2022|Categories: Art of Photography|0 Comments

I belong to a local photography club. Every month we have a photo competition with an assigned subject. During the winter months, one of the assigned subjects was action figures. This subject is great for indoor photo opportunities, but I don’t really own any toys, and the fact I don’t own them might also show my [...]

23 09, 2022

Bird Photography

By |2022-11-21T10:34:25-08:00September 23rd, 2022|Categories: Art of Photography|0 Comments

Bird Photography If you like nature and you are looking for a bit of a photographic challenge, you might want to consider photographing birds.  Maybe you are already into bird photography, but you are quite getting the types of shots you are hoping for.  Here, I will take some time to share some tips and tricks [...]

8 02, 2022

Using Lines and Shapes to Compose for ICM Photography

By |2022-02-08T08:55:13-08:00February 8th, 2022|Categories: Art of Photography|Comments Off on Using Lines and Shapes to Compose for ICM Photography

When we shoot blur, we are taking away that element most people rely on when looking at photography – sharpness.  One of my favorite ways to compose ICM shots is using lines and shapes as guides for my movement. They also provide elements of clarity or sharpness that make the image much more relatable than an [...]

13 12, 2021

Critique – A Path To Creating Exceptional Photography

By |2021-12-13T10:39:03-08:00December 13th, 2021|Categories: Art of Photography|0 Comments

Critique - A Path To Creating Exceptional Photography I was given a helping hand at the beginning of my photographic journey. I was taught the value of critique and more importantly, how to use it to advance my skills. It is my compass. My own journey would be less rich without it. And much less successful. [...]

1 11, 2021

FALL Photo tips

By |2021-11-01T07:12:56-08:00November 1st, 2021|Categories: Art of Photography, Gear and Tools|0 Comments

FALL Photo tips By Tony Sweet Hi and welcome to fall, one of our favorite times of year. There is fall color all over the country, so wherever you choose to photograph, here are a few tips that may help wherever you may roam this fall. The right tools Along with your gear, including tripod, you’ll [...]

23 06, 2021

The Other World of Infrared Photography

By |2021-06-28T06:08:03-08:00June 23rd, 2021|Categories: Art of Photography, Pro Photography|Comments Off on The Other World of Infrared Photography

Angel Oak, Johns Island, SC—This massive tree is a tourist attraction, but none the less, one of the most photogenic live oak trees in the area. It’s easy to get lost in all of the green and brown in color, but in infrared, it was easy to separate tones to truly show the spread and [...]

10 04, 2021

The use of Gestalt in Photography

By |2021-04-20T04:21:42-08:00April 10th, 2021|Categories: Art of Photography|0 Comments

Want to kick your photography up a notch, but you’re unsure on which rules to apply? Making sense of all the many “composition” rules can be challenging sometimes, especially if you’re not a theoretic type of person.  However, once you get them down, they will make wonders for your artistic expression without you even noticing it. [...]

1 03, 2021

Shape Definition in Photography

By |2021-04-08T08:59:13-08:00March 1st, 2021|Categories: Art of Photography|Comments Off on Shape Definition in Photography

Look around you and all you are going to see are shapes. There are very few things in this world that don’t have a shape. In art and in photography, shape definition is one of the six classic design elements, such as line, form, texture, color and space. As a photographer, you have to know how [...]

11 06, 2020

Composition in photography: Figure to ground relationship

By |2020-06-11T08:17:38-08:00June 11th, 2020|Categories: Art of Photography|Comments Off on Composition in photography: Figure to ground relationship

The figure to the ground relationship is one of the most important, but often overlooked concepts in photography. Painters have been using it for ages, but with photography, the methodology is a bit different, so it’s not always easy to translate painting tools. A good figure to the ground relationship is considered when the line between [...]

17 12, 2019


By |2021-05-06T09:07:05-08:00December 17th, 2019|Categories: Art of Photography|Tags: |0 Comments

Has Instagram ruined or helped photography? Like anything, it depends on who you ask. In my case, the question speaks to high quality photography – not the everyday snapshots which abound ad nauseam.  It used to be that I could pack up my camera and travel near or far and take original photographs. Even if I [...]

16 07, 2019

Think Before You Shoot — Bring Home Photographs You Love

By |2021-05-06T09:07:28-08:00July 16th, 2019|Categories: Art of Photography|2 Comments

Travel photography always creates a sense of urgency in me. When I arrive at a new place I can easily be overwhelmed with awe. Sights, sounds, smells and fatigue all conspire to overpower my brain. My urge is to try and capture it all, and it takes conscious effort to slow down and organize my thoughts. [...]

25 02, 2017

How to prepare a photo exhibition

By |2017-02-27T07:56:08-08:00February 25th, 2017|Categories: Art of Photography|0 Comments

If you have been working with photography for a while, you’ve most likely considered preparing a photo exhibition of your work at some point. Showing your photographs publicly can be incredibly satisfying; it gives you a sense of accomplishment and boosts your confidence. But preparing a photo exhibition can bring a lot of work and stress, [...]

21 01, 2017

Getting Started with Smoke Bomb Photography

By |2019-07-04T01:48:32-08:00January 21st, 2017|Categories: Art of Photography|2 Comments

There’s nothing quite like smoke-bomb photography. Exuding a sense of mystery, it automatically draws viewers in to wonder what is really happening behind the image.  From dark, mystical, urban shots to ethereal engagement photos in the woods, smoke bombs have been making a major appearance in photo trends; and while they look straightforward to use, they [...]

14 01, 2017

Leading lines to create better photos

By |2017-03-18T13:16:07-08:00January 14th, 2017|Categories: Art of Photography|Tags: |0 Comments

How leading lines improve your photos Photographs are effectively two–dimensional flat objects, but by using leading lines, you can add a lot of perspective to images. It helps with photo composition and takes the viewer on a visual journey, allowing their minds to wander deeper. The good news is that there are no real rules when [...]