I’ve been terribly remiss! Over the past few months, I’ve often thought of dashing off a quick blog post. But then I get busy with school papers and the next thing I know it’s June and I haven’t posted in months! It occurred to me recently that being “too busy” writing was a pretty poor … More Summer Shenanigans
Detroit has more than a few hidden gems, and the city’s pearl – the Belle Isle Aquarium – has a new luster. When the aquarium first opened in 1904, it was the 3rd largest aquarium in the world. Today, the BIA holds the title for oldest operating aquarium in America. Amazingly, the building was almost lost … More Ragtime at the Aquarium
My assignment was to shoot a newsworthy portrait. I initially thought of a woman I see occasionally at mass. She still wears a black lace veil over her angel white hair and holds a crystal rosary in her arthritic hands. I imagined the church in soft focus behind her. Or, maybe I could shoot her … More Charity at the holidays
Ask a professional athlete what’s their secret to success, and they are most likely to say – practice, practice, practice. Three months of practice shooting my Nikon D3400, and I was finally feeling confident. I no longer had to stop and think, “How do I lower my f-stop?”. Now, I thought in terms of which … More Practice Makes Perfect
10/26/17 Feature Shoot: It was an idyll, cider mill Saturday in Michigan. I grabbed my camera backpack and headed for McCullum’s Orchard. As I arrived, the sun, which had been hiding behind the clouds all morning, popped out and bathed the orchard in soft golden light. I started my recon in the retail store. Three cash … More No low hanging fruit, please!
10/20/17 To every photojournalist who I’ve bashed over the years, and there are a lot of you out there, please accept my sincerest apology. I had no idea how hard a photojournalist must work at not influencing images, given most peoples’ behavior changes the minute they see a camera! My first feature shoot at the Belle … More Mea culpa to all photojournalists
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances (U.S. Constitution). Hopefully, most of us are familiar with … More To shoot or not to shoot: photojournalism and the 1st Amendment
My professor handed me an assignment sheet with a deceptively easy set of directions: take one good shot showing each of the following photography techniques: 1. Shallow depth of field 2. Full depth of field 3. Stopped action 4. Blurred action 5. Panned action 6. Rule of thirds 7. Perspective 8. Silhouette 9. Extreme light … More 10 photography techniques and what I learned
9/20/17 Playing with shutter speed and depth of field on campus. I tried a few exposures to keep the sky blue, water sharp and background blurry.
9/17/17 Maintaining ‘professionally acceptable’ social media platforms is as simple, or complex, as a Rubik’s Cube. It all depends on how well one plays the game. Whilst my advisers’ and professors’ suggestions to setup separate accounts for personal and professional platforms makes sense from an academic and HR perspective; it’s not platform practical. I’m a … More Rubik’s Cube of Social Media