The Art vs. The Craft of Photography

As creatives, we all go through a very similar journey when it comes to improving our skill. Though details of the turbulent ride vary for everyone, it always boils down to two things; the how, and the why.

The Significance of a Personal Project

My daily stroll through the newly-built but already-decaying park near my apartment in Hanoi while listening to Spotify on a brisk (by Southeast Asia standards) morning has me in deep thought. We only get this type of weather for a couple months a year here and I absolutely love it. I grew up in New […]

The Ethics of Landscape Photography

Ive wondered for a long time what it means to be an ethical landscape photographer. Sure, this field isnt known for its wide-reaching moral dilemmas or particularly sticky situations, but the question still deserves attention.

How to Deal With Creative Envy as a Photographer

In his signature story-telling style, photographer Sean Tucker sits us down in this video for a 10-minute talk about handling creative envy and jealousy as a photographer or videographer. As he says, comparing yourself to other creatives can stall your career and breed resentment, and its important to know how to identify and check these […]

11 Dumb Things Camera Companies Are Still Doing

As much as we talk about the lack of true innovation in the camera market, particularly when it comes to integration with the Internet and social media, every day I keep encountering cameras that have the same “hey this is the way it used to be” design philosophies underlying them. I call it “lazy engineering.” […]

Dear Canon, What Happened To Your Innovation?

Dear Canon, You and I have had a very, very long friendship that has lasted many years and many, many generations of cameras. Ever since my first camera purchase, you have been my brand of choice. I still have my original Canon IXUS 40 and multiple generations of full frame and APS-C SLRs going back […]

Who Needs a Photo Permit in Nevada State Parks?

Nevada Law and the Nevada Administrative code have a simple definition of when you need to have a permit to shoot photos in their parks. It is based entirely on whether or not the pictures will be sold.

Confessions of a Failed Eclipse Photographer

Ive dreamed of seeing a total eclipse of the sun all my life. When I read there would be one on August 21st that passed dead-center over the town of Newberry, South Carolina, I was overjoyed. This was my chance.

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 I Switched from Sony to Canon for Video

Choosing the right camera can be one of the hardest decisions you will make and possibly one of the most expensive one too. In the last 3 years, I’ve gone through over 10 different cameras before finally being happy and content with what I have now.

Im Not Good at Street Photography Im Just Not Scared

Today I used Lightroom Mobile to capture images on the street for the first time. I recently remembered that you can sync images from Lightroom Mobile right to the Lightroom desktop application. This was huge for me as I’m tired of syncing via Airdrop.

Uncut: Here is a Portrait of the Real Me

I’ve been wanting to take this photo for a while. Years, actually. The reason it’s taken me so long is it terrified me. The idea of taking a photo showing the real me, the unretouched me, was an idea that filled me with dread and empowered me at the same time, equal measures of the […]

Stop Asking About Camera Settings

Photographer Tony Northrup wants you to stop asking photographers about their camera settings. In this 7-minute video, he explains why the camera settings that were used for an image are relatively unimportant and a distraction from the real work that goes into making a shot.

The iPhone X and Digital Lighting Will Change Photography Yet Again

There’s a feature tucked away in the new iPhones that doesn’t seem to be getting a lot of traction, but it represents a massive sea change in photography. It’s the “Portrait Lighting” mode, and it’s the second shot across the bows of traditional photography from the world of computational photography. The first shot was “fake […]

A New Camera Just Came Out

There was a new camera that was just announced. It’s really good, apparently. It’s got more megapixels. A brighter screen. It can stack lots of images together. It does everything you’ve ever wanted.

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.

To Create Great Photos, Be Willing To Waste Your Time

Detaching ourselves from the amount of work we’ve spent on something, and the end result, is a critical part of the creative creation process. Nobody cares how hard it was to create something unless it shows in a material way.

Great Photos Dont Need to Be Technically Perfect

Do photos always need to be technically perfect? In this 10-minute video,landscape photographer Thomas Heatondiscusses whether photographers worry too much about the technicalities of a photo, forgetting about what’s actually in the image.

What IS a Professional Photographer?

The phrase heard every day in the world of photography is I am a professional photographer. This statement must be viewed in the context that 8 out of 10 people with a DSLR refer to themselves as professional photographers.

Crop, Full Frame, and Medium Format: Can You Tell the Difference?

Here’s an 11-minute video in which landscape photographer Thomas Heatonlooks at how much the camera you shoot withreally matters for the vast majority of viewers. Given the opportunity to try the Canon M5 and Fujifilm GFX 50S, Heaton pits them against his trusty Canon 5D Mark IV. The Canon M5 is an APS-C sensor mirrorless […]

How NOT to Become a Brand Ambassador as a Photographer

I’ve often received emails from photographers who have approached my little brand, 3 Legged Thing with offers of “collaboration”. There’s is nothing wrong with making an approach at all, and while I rarely act upon these unsolicited approaches, they can, occasionally, yield gold.

The Importance of the Photograph

My father passed away a month ago, and his birthday was on August 31st. I’m letting that sink in. Death is never easy and for those that have lost a parent, it has a certain significance. The person who has been there your entire life is now gone. There are things that I am now […]

I Just Had 20,000 Slides Returned from Sports Illustrated

Ever since I was a kid, I loved saving stuff. I saved all my baseball cards in rubber band stacks in shoe boxes. I collected stacks and stacks of 7-Eleven Slurpee baseball cups in 1973. Every San Francisco Giants yearbook and media guide going back to the early 1960s? Yup, got them too. I have […]

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.