The Use of Gestalt in Photography: Proxmity

August 27, 2014

One of the most diverse, interesting, and sometimes complicated of all the principles of Gestalt that I teach both in my online class with the PPSOP, and in my “Stretching Your Frame of Mind” workshop I conduct around the planet is referred to as Proximity. If you’ve ever felt that your composition was a little […]

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Did It Do It: Did It Make People Want To Give Your Photograph More Than A Cursory Look?

August 21, 2014

Well my fellow photographers, this is the last in the series of my “did it do it” list for good composition. This is number twelve, and if you study all of them, you’re imagery will most definitely go what I refer to as “up a notch”. As I’ve said all along, these are not rules […]

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Anecdotes: Sal and Judy

August 15, 2014

Years ago, I was asked to shoot a brochure for a printing company in New Orleans. The theme of the brochure was “something’s cooking at Upton”. The designer had me go to five of the best known restaurants in and around the city; best known not to the tourists, but to the locals. I was […]

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My Favorite Quotes: Ansel Adams

August 9, 2014

Ever since I started teaching workshops, back in 1984, I’ve collected quotes written by various artists. Whether they were photographers, painters, writers, musicians is of no relevance. The important thing to me is that they are artists, and at the top of their game in their respected fields.; of course the quote has to deal […]

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Workshop Stuff: Eiffel Tower Exhibition

August 3, 2014

In my recent Springtime in Paris workshop, that incidentally was a huge success, I had ask the class to photograph the Eiffel Tower sometime during the week. Since it’s the most iconic structure in France, or any country for that matter, I thought it might be fun to have a juried exhibition and award a […]

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Workshop: “Springtime in Paris”

July 31, 2014

I recently returned from my annual ‘springtime” workshop. This year it was in Paris, France and I have to say that it’s one of my favorite cities in the world for photo ops, good wine and food. Being around a group of good shooters doesn’t hurt, and seeing so many again from previous workshops is […]

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Food For Digital Thought: When Do You Need a Release

July 22, 2014

I’ve been asked several times by my online students with the PPSOP, my “Stretching Your Frame of Mind” workshops I conduct around the planet, and several of you that had ask me on my blog as to when you need a model release. The following is an article I had Dana Lejune (http://www.triallawyers.net/, my attorney, […]

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Food For Digital Thought: Texture

July 16, 2014

In my online class with the PPSOP, and in my “Stretching Your Frame of Mind” workshops I conduct around the planet, I teach my fellow photographers how to incorporate the elements of visual design into their imagery. One of the basic elements is Texture. Texture, simply put refers to the surface quality of a shape. […]

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Anecdotes: The Circus

July 10, 2014

Texas Monthly Magazine, based in Austin, sent me to do a photo story on the clowns of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus. I spent a week backstage in Houston at what use to be called the …and a week in Buffalo. It was a great, once in a lifetime assignment since I always […]

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AskJoeB: What else could he have done?

July 4, 2014

As is usually the case, i like to show the actual text so that others might read it. The reason i do this is because so many of you might have similar questions or have exprienced similar situations when taking photos for yourself. Here’s what Randy had to say: “Hi Joe, Attached is a photo […]

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