A Photo Hunt This assignment can be done

A Photo Hunt
This assignment can be done one of two ways. The 1st being that you look at the below list and go out with your digital camera and photograph as many of the items listed below in one image. I do not want to give you a brief definition of what all of the items in the list mean; I rather leave it up to your own definitions. What I am hoping that this will do is give you some direction. You might even go out and shoot if not hundreds thousands of images, Just to find one or two that really work. That is ok; photography sometimes is a number game. What I find out with this assignment is that the more of the items check off on the list the stronger the composition.
The other way this assignment can be done is by going online to websites that display well known photographers. Try to stick with people that have extensive list of exhibition or that are in field as a professional photographer. You can even go to the library and look at a lot of different photographic books. I would suggest the library 1st only because so many people publish online but so few are “Real Photographers”. If you can get a publishing company to publish your work, you must be doing something right. See what images you’re attracted to. See what photographers you like. Then go through the list pulling the images that you are attracted to and see how many of the items on the list you can check off.
Either way you are exercising your sight, which is really important to becoming a good photographer. I find that so many photographers start out photographing with their new camera, but have no direction. They tend to not be sure of what they want to photograph. I even had students that tell me that they live in a boring place with nothing to really photograph. I laugh because these students live in Miami FL, and they don’t see it. Please post your best findings here so that I can see them too. Make sure to tell us which items on the list you were able to check off with that image. Most of all just have

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Five Tips to Becoming a Better Photographer – Part Five
By: Robert Davila
Professor of Photography

Hello again, and Happy Friday! Today we continue with another tool, which will assist you in becoming the photographer you always wanted to be.

Jpeg Vs. RAW
What is the big difference between these two files? Does it even mater if I use one over the other? While the image may look similar the editing possibilities is limited when using the Jpeg file. If you are using images for reference, than a Jpeg might just do the job. However If you want to be able to change your exposure your white balance or even get rid of some spots, RAW is the way to go. However for the most part you must remember that you might need to download some software to read your cameras RAW file. This could be found on line or it may even come with your camera. Once you have finish you’re editing and want to print it, you might have to convert to Jpeg.
Keep in mind that every time you open close or edit a Jpeg you are losing pixels. This is done to help the file from becoming larger than it needs to be.
I hope that these couples of tips were helpful and hope to hear about your success. If you have any questions about using your camera or have a subject in the area of photography in which you would like to know more about, drop me a line. I have done everything from running a darkroom lab to working with digital photography.
Thank you for following. Have a great weekend and take some photographs.
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Five Tips to Becoming a Better Photographer – Part Four
By: Robert Davila
Professor of Photography

Hello again, and Happy Friday! Today we continue with another tool, which will assist you in becoming the photographer you always wanted to be.

What is White Balance?
If you search through your setting you can than find an option for Custom White Balance. For the most part your camera has several white balances setting that it can choose from. These setting can be used for different lighting scenarios. When you have your camera on Auto White Balance, your camera is evaluating the light and deciding for you, which one is the best for the situation. It will choose from option like cloudy, fluorescent, tungsten and etc. However the custom white balance will allow you to be more precise. The process on setting the white balance may be slightly different for each manufacturer, it is best to read your manual for more details on that. This tool will make sure that your whites are truly white. However for more creative use of this tool you might want to photograph the same images using different white balance setting to see how the different color cast changes your interpretation of the image.
Next week, I will discuss Tip Number Five. Have a great weekend and take some photographs.

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Photography: The New Contemporary Art Fo

Photography: The New Contemporary Art Form
Photography, in my opinion, has become the contemporary art of the people. Photography is easily accessible for the majority of viewers, and therefore can be appreciated by most because if we haven’t seen that scene exactly we’ve at least seen something similar. Photography is also a readily accessible form of art because anyone with an iPhone, iPad, digital camera, or picture-snapping flip phone can capture a moment, blow it up, print it, frame it, and sell it if they should so choose. Today anyone can be a photographer, and I don’t believe one has to take a dozen photography classes in order to achieve this. One merely needs to have an artistic eye; an eye that notices the beauty in the mundane, or the simplicity in the complex. Oddly enough, I would call myself an amateur photographer. My pictures may not be gallery or museum worthy, but they represent the beauty I find within the world. I believe anyone can be a photographer, and I would encourage anyone with the necessary equipment to test their artistic eye. Look through the camera’s viewfinder and see what you can see. Find the beauty that many overlook and capture it in all its glory. As photographers; our success is based on how the picture speaks to us and what it means to us, not by the recognition others might give. I challenge you to look and capture what speaks to you.
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Five Tips to Becoming a Better Photographer – Part Three
By: Robert Davila
Professor of Photography

Hello again, and Happy Friday! Today we continue with another tool, which will assist you in becoming the photographer you always wanted to be.

What’s that little graph for?
If you preview your image and keep on pushing the info button a little graph may come up. This is called a histogram. I have to say I just love this tool. I use this tool more than my light meter. The basic thing to understand about this tool is that it counts the colors of the pixel in the images and represents it in a graph. The ideal histogram will look like a hill in which starts off low than slowly goes up somewhere in the middle, then comes down before the end of the graph (good tonal range). If that hill or peek is not in the center but push to the left or to the right and is missing part of it, than you are losing detail in your highlights (move to the right) shadow (move to the left). If you see big gaps so that you have two peeks, this means that you are losing part of your tonal range. This tool will prevent the photographer from going out and Photographing something then getting home to realize that your subject is loses in the highlights or shadow areas. The small screen on the back of your camera is sometimes too small to view your image to realize this. It is only apparent once you get home and view it on your computer screen.
Next week, I will discuss Tip Number Four. Have a great weekend and take some photographs.
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Five Tips to Becoming a Better Photographer – Part Two

Five Tips to Becoming a Better Photographer – Part Two
By: Robert Davila
Professor of Photography

Hello again, and Happy Friday! Today we continue with another tool, which will assist you in becoming the photographer you always wanted to be.

Tip Number Two: There is no secret; it’s in your manual.

Even though I have years of experience in photography as an instructor and also freelance photographer, I still go over my manual. Everything you need to know about your camera is going to be found in there. I can’t tell you how many times I look like a super star because I was able to get something resolve for a student or client, just because I reviewed their manual and found the solution. If you lose your manual or purchased a used camera without one, go online. Just about every manufacture has their manuals on line. There are also other publications that will publish book with more information about certain cameras. You might want to do a search to see if you can find one of these publications. These books explain in more detail the setting available to you. They also may give you suggested setting for particular setting’s.
Next week, I will discuss Tip Number Three. Have a great weekend and take some photographs.
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Five Tips to Becoming a Better Photographer

Five Tips to Becoming a Better Photographer
By: Robert Davila
Professor of Photography

I think one of the most important tools that any artist could have is their camera. It is a great way to have references to work from and now with Illustrator CS6 live trace can replicate and image to vector drawing, better than ever before. Which than can be modified to fit your artistic style. However not being able to fully understand your camera setting can leave you upset and frustrated to the point that you just don’t use it. The myth that you need an expensive camera to take good picture is not true. However having an expensive camera gives you more choices which in hand give you more control. But the camera does not make the photographer.
I have created five tips that can help you become a better photographer. Each week for the next five weeks, I will discuss a tip. It does not really matter if you are using a Digital SLR or just a point in shoot. As an instructor of photography I found these five tips to be the foundation in which most of my students build and refine their skills.

Tip Number One: Understanding Exposure

I don’t care which camera or model you have, even if you are using your I Phone camera. All cameras have two settings. These two setting are the basis for photographing. Aperture works similar to the pupil in your eyes. In darker lighting situation it needs to be open more and in lighter situation it needs to be closed down. This Setting controls not only exposure but depth of field. How much of the image is going to be in focus. A limited depth of field (small amount of the image in focus) is created when the aperture is open up (F 2). An increase depth of field is created when the aperture is closed down (f 22). The other setting that is important to a camera is the shutter speed. This is done for the most part in a fraction of a second. When your camera reads out 500 for a shutter speed it means that that shutter open and closed 500th of a second. That is pretty fast. A Guide line to follow is that if shooting anything less than 1/60, you are going to need a tripod. The shutter speed is going to control motion in your image. If you are going to take picture and want the motion to be blurry, you are going to photograph with a slower shutter speed. Want your moving subject to be sharp, use a faster shutter speed.
Determining your right exposure will be base in how you meter the light. You must read your manual to understand how to get the “right” exposure. But keep in mind once you have figure out your correct setting you can adjust them as needed. For example you might want to us a slower shutter speed than suggested. By increase the time that light will enter the camera you can use you aperture to cut down the amount of light coming in. So if you allow more time on one end you close down on the other end. You will than see your meter reading that is “right “again. Think of it as a faucet filling a bucket. If you open the facet all the way you will fill that bucket quicker than if you slow it down. At the end you could have both buckets filled, just one will take longer.
Next week, I will discuss Tip Number Two. Have a great weekend and take some photographs.

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