6 New Year's Resolutions for the Photographer

6 New Year's Resolutions for the Photographer

As the year draws to a close, one great temptation inevitably tickles the back of my brain: the urge to make resolutions. I'm grateful for what felt like a full, rich, and challenging year. With the closing of it, I'm teasing out the threads of lessons learned that can be woven into a guide -- or at least a safety net -- for next year.

May these personal resolutions help inspire you on some level to craft your own approach to to the New Year that will bring you joy, satisfaction and success. 

 

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10 strategies to stop taking pictures and start making photographs

10 strategies to stop taking pictures and start making photographs

How do you make a photograph?

Alongside and within the effort of finding one's style, there is the challenge of learning how to see not only the world that is in front of you, but the photograph that is in front of you. There is the scene, and there is the way you want to express the scene to others. There is what you see, and there is what you feel about what you see. The difference between taking a picture and making a photograph is the act of capturing the latter in a frame. When you do that, your photography becomes a tool to influence how people see, how they think, how they feel, what they know, what they understand, even how they act.

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Monochrome study of a coyote

Monochrome study of a coyote

The scrappy little brother to the wolf, the wily wild cousin to domestic dogs, the coyote gets on with life whatever the challenges. Unlike so many other larger animals, the coyote thrives in the face of - and sometimes because of - our plowing over of the earth. Rather than be pushed to smaller and smaller margins of wilderness, the coyote sees what openings we've created in golf courses, cemeteries, suburban lawns and urban parks and moves right on in.  

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Returning to film: An exploration of film choices for landscape photography

Returning to film: An exploration of film choices for landscape photography

I haven't used film in about 10 years. It's been a long time away. So I bought five different types recommended to me by various sources and started shooting. All of the following is based on my experience of shooting 12 rolls of film, trying to figure out what I like most specifically for landscape photos. This is all in the spirit of fun and experimentation, and of course is entirely subjective. So enjoy what I've written here, and take it all with a grain of silver halide.

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Why landscapes should be on every animal photographer's shot list

Why landscapes should be on every animal photographer's shot list

There are a lot of dichotomies in photography where most of us find our selves making an either-or decision: Canon or Nikon, people or animals, commercial or editorial. The same tends to be true, I think, for wildlife or landscape. I venture to guess that many if not most wildlife photographers think of landscapes as simply the place where they find their subject, but not something they really want for their portfolio. The landscape is a tool for context or composition, but the goal is always the animal. I've realized that paying attention to landscapes plays a critical role in helping me become a better animal photographer and a better storyteller. Because of that, landscapes are now on my must-have shot list for any shoot.

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