Photography Tips

Continuing on from yesterday's post about aperture/f-stops, the photograph below is of a lake with four docks and the shoreline at the back. Unlike yesterday's photograph where only the water drips were in focus, for this shot I wanted everything in focus to create a graphic feel and flatness. It has more of a stacked look with an f-stop of f/16 than it would have had if I opened up to an f/9 or lower. And the crisp reflections in the water from front dock to the shoreline also influence the image looking flat.

The confusing part of f-stops is when the aperture is closed down it is the higher number (making everything in focus), while the lower numbers mean you are opening up (making only the object you focus on to be sharp). One would initially think that stopping down (f/16) would be the lower number and opening up (f/1.4) would be the higher number.

Just remember when you want everything in focus, change the f-stop to the higher numbers and when you only want one part of the image in focus, change the f-stop to a lower number.

And don't forget that when you change your f-stop you will have to adjust the shutter speed and/or the ISO number (aka film speed). All three of these settings are dependent on each other. 

A Place In The Sand

Another photo I initially passed over, even though I looked at it carefully (unlike the one I posted yesterday) when I was editing that day's photographs.

This is why I don't delete. I believe that whenever we view photographs, or any type of art or people or whatever, our state of mind or state of heart has a lot to do with how we perceive what we're looking at. I clearing remember taking this photograph - I liked the story I saw at the time but for some reason I didn't really care for it when I saw it on my screen. I saw it again today and I love it...the story is even better for me now.

Long Beach, December 8, 2015

Long Beach, December 8, 2015


Sometimes it works the other way around...I love a shot and then a couple of months later I look at it and wonder what I was thinking. Again, I rack it up to mood, so I don't delete those ones either.

A Picture Is Worth...

Storytelling in photography doesn't come with description and dialogue - it's created by the eye of the photographer and then again in the eye of the beholder. And each beholder will create their own story because we all see everything in a different way.

I picked this photograph today because there are at least three stories within this image - the two men in the foreground, the couple behind them and finally the lone man leaning on the wall. And then the fourth story would be the relationship (or lack thereof) between the three factions. 

People fascinate me. I love street photography because there are so many stories to be told. It's no wonder that the adage "A picture is worth a thousand words." was coined. 

What story do you see in this photograph?


Do you look for a story when you take a photograph? Or do you just look for a cool shot? Next time you take your camera out make a point of shooting stories. They are everywhere. You just have to be paying attention to the world around you. I promise your photography will improve.

Reflection - Photography Tip #6

I love shooting things that reflect. This post is a sampling of architectural reflection. I find it interesting because it creates visual trickery. Especially on the first photograph, it's very difficult to figure out which buildings are reflected and which ones are not. I'm also drawn to images that warp the reflection and abstracts.


There are reflections everywhere. Take your camera out and look for reflections. They can be found in buildings, water, mirrors, cars and many other things. Look for interesting images inside the reflection, such as buildings, trees, animals, sky, streets, people, yourself. Even you.

To give you a sample other than a building, this is a reflection of me shooting my reflection against a wall, with a bonus reflection of my shadow in the river water. This reflection was made possible by the sun.

Grab your camera and reflect.