5 Reasons Landscape Photographers Have a Screw Loose

My name is Scott Davenport, and I’m a landscape photographer. And I’m part of a crazy lot. I had this realization during a sleep deprived afternoon. My hazy mind was trying to get me through the rest of the day.

Why Camera Gear Costs What It Costs

In the last couple of weeks, my little brand, 3 Legged Thing, launched a brand new Universal L Bracket, the QR11. For the most part, the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Then, somebody sent me a link to a well-known forum, where a conversation had started about the press release for the QR11. The comments […]

Stop Taking Photos

Nestled within the Seto Inland Sea in Japan sits the island of Naoshima, population 3,583. The island would be otherwise unknown to outsiders except that in the mid 80s, publisher Testuhiko Fukutake and Naoshima mayor Chikatsugu Miyake dreamed up an idea of making the island a cultural center. Over the next few decades, the vision […]

Is Photography the Best Educator? Heres Why I Think So

Its been said that in 2017, everyone is a photographer, and from the unrelenting firehose of pictures that fill every inch of digital real estate and social media these days, I can see why folks would think that.

An Introduction to Abstract Photography

Abstract photography seems to be an elusive subject, hard to nail down to a single definition. This may be due to the abstract nature of the idea of abstraction and perpetuating misconceptions about abstract photography.

Review: The Fujifilm GFX 50S is the Lamborghini of Medium Format

Quick history lesson. The original Lamborhini motor vehicle wasn’t the supercar you know today. They were tractors. Yes, tractors. Full-fledged farm-going vehicular tools. Ferruccio Lamborghini always loved cars and owned Ferraris, but he hated the quality of them.

Why Photographers Dont Get Modern Art

Its understandable that the great unwashed masses of the larger population might not appreciate contemporary art. But youd think that photographers, who are creatives in their own right, would appreciate the art and creativity of others in all of its various forms.

Photo Books: The New Photographic Ritual

Moving down the aisles that are carved between each row of seats, the line slowly edges on. A choir of no more than three people — woman and two men — expel their voices gently and slowly, serenading the churchgoers as they inch forward toward the pulpit where they receive their bread and wine. The […]

The Impact of Adobes Subscription Model on Photoshop

As a professional photo retoucher, I owe Adobe most of my life. Without them, I would honestly not be where I am today, being able to do what I love every single day! Over the years, it has also gone through a multitude of changes, and since my life is tied directly to Photoshop, I […]

The Failure of the Perfect Picture

A man I know as Jay reaches into his car to try to force his engine to kick over, leaning deeply into the door as if the weight of the world is upon him in this moment. Each detail, as frivolous as the last, lends itself to the mystery of the frame. Such as the […]

Dont Fetishize This Image

Burhan Ozbilicis stunning photo of a gunman moments after assassinating the Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov spread like wildfire over social media. While many within the photojournalism community quickly declared the image as the photo of the year, and worth of top prizes, one voice offered dissent. Matt Slaby is a photographer and founding […]

How My Photography is Inspired by Great Paintings

The kind of photography I do begins as a moment of theft. Finding the scene, finding your angle, and stealing the moment for yourself. Some photographers are creators. They build a scene, a still life, or arrange their models and angle their lights and create an image from nothing. Im not one of those photographers. […]

Camera Brand Loyalty is Overrated

Since elementary school, I’ve been told that things had to match. If I wore Sean John pants, then I had to wear a Sean John shirt. If I wore anything Nike, then I had to have the matching shoes to correspond.

Why Photographers Fail

Recently there has been a spate of very sad, and ultimately defeatist articles decrying the death of photography. We have no shortage of examples. Seriously. In all their pain and detailed examples of how the art and business of photography have been ruined (their words), I can find little to no examples of the basic, […]

What Makes a Photographer?

In an age where everyone has a camera in their pocket and fashion magazine covers are being shot with iPhones, what makes a photographer? Erik Wahlstrom muses on what he calls the democratization of photography in this 5-minute video.

Should Photography Be Relaxing?

Whats the difference between a hobby, and a job? Ignoring money, of course, Id say that a hobbys primary purpose is entertainment and relaxation, whereas a jobs primary purpose is to produce value.

Photography Competitions: Are They Even Worth It?

I was sitting in my dorm room at Arizona State University. To my left I had my XBox on (as it was pretty much 24/7) with some racing game on pause. In front of me I had my future, for I was entering a photography competition that I believed would make me famous and rich […]

Every Photo Comes with Built-In Debt, or: The Ethics of Photography

We tend to treat the ethics of taking photographs in a very much black and white fashion. We judge “He should never have shot that” or alternatively “She is on firm ground shooting that, it is OK” and then arguments revolve around that, never resolving anything. We see Rules Written and Guidelines and so on, […]

100 Megapixels: The New Standard in Photography

A career in commercial photography is a progression in learning. One that wanes when complacency creeps in and thrives when pursuit of knowledge lives at its heart. Having a broad mind in both approach and equipment is the key to clearing your mind to be creative.

I Gave Up Painting to Do Photography, And It Shows in My Work

Painting and photography are often considered similar artistic expressions. Henri Cartier-Bresson was a painter before he became a photographer, and became a painter again in his retirement. While his artistic sense informed his photography in terms of his ability to see the world in constantly changing light and compositional potential, he never considered photography as […]

PSA: No, Blockchain Doesnt Replace Copyright Registration

If youve heard of Bitcoin, then youre peripherally familiar with blockchain. Blockchain is a distributed database technology that creates a public ledger of every transaction within the system perfect for cryptocurrencies that lack a central issuing bank.

Photographers, Dont Pee In My Pool

Imagine, if you will, that the photography industry is a very large swimming pool. Not one of those backyard models, but rather an Olympic sized pool. And this very large pool is filled with photographers.

Is Street Photography Killing Itself?

Is the most egalitarian form of photography, street photography, being destroyed by its own popularity? Is such a thing even possible? I wont profess to have a clear answer to this question, but I do have some thoughts.

This is Why You Should Post-Process Your Photography

I took the best photo of my life today. I came down from the mountain and loaded it up on my computer. When I brought the photos up on my screen, they were just trees. Bummer. But it felt so good; looked so good on my cameras LCD. Whats the deal with that? Editor’s note: […]

Otherness and the Fetishization of Subject

A dark reality exists within photography that few photographers are willing to discuss and many refuse to even recognize. In the name of purity, we tend to see photography as a medium that couldnt — shouldnt be able to — do harm.

Why Film Photography No Longer Works for Me

I remember the first time I picked up a digital camera. It was 2003 and I got this little Canon G5, a good point-and-shoot, and it was 5 megapixels. Before that, I used film. It had to be scanned into a computer, then manipulated digitally. That was alrightbut when I picked up this Canon, I […]

What Does Nikon Excel At?

With Photokina coming up later this month, well soon have a good chance to see whether Nikon is playing to their competencies or incompetencies with their next round of announcements. Every company has some core competencies that cant be denied.