Tips, Techniques and Viewpoints

Just do it

Just do it

Want to become a better photographer? Put your camera away. Sometimes the best way to become a photographer is to simply put your camera down and just experience those things that you love so much to shoot. As photographers, we often get too caught up in capturing the...

Selby Gardens 39th Annual Juried Photographic Exhibition

Selby Gardens 39th Annual Juried Photographic Exhibition

Celebrate Selby Gardens! 39TH ANNUAL JURIED PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION September 7, 2019 to September 29 201910:00am  – 4:30pm There are five categories to present your most thoughtful, fun and inspired photographs that depict the scenery of Selby Gardens. Cash prizes...

Has photography become too easy?

Has photography become too easy?

As a professional photographer, marketing professional and instructor I often ask myself this question. In fact, no question in photography is more important to me, my work clients or my photography students. Everyone is a photographer these days, and that's a good...

How to shoot fireworks

How to shoot fireworks

This time of year questions fill my inbox regarding fireworks photography. It's really a loaded question as many settings and recommendations are situational. However, as an effort of self preservation I'm posting some general guidelines that should give you good...

How to make a good black and white image

How to make a good black and white image

In the workshops I teach, I almost always get asked when using a black and white image to anchor a concept, what makes a good black and white image? That's a good question. Why do we love black and white and why are we drawn to it? Outside of nostalgia, we haven't...

Boca Grand Camera Club at Marie Selby Gardens

Boca Grand Camera Club at Marie Selby Gardens

Recently I did a custom photography workshop for members of the Boca Grand Camera Club at Marie Selby Gardens in Sarasota, FL. The theme of the workshop was embracing the gardens but we focused on some specific techniques to make our images more interesting and...

New Perspectives Photo Workshop at Selby Gardens

New Perspectives Photo Workshop at Selby Gardens

On Thursday, December 13 SRQ Photo School will be presenting a photography workshop at Selby Gardens in downtown Sarasota titled New Perspectives in Photography. There are still a few open spots and we would love to see you there. Creating compelling photos is often...

Give the gift of photography

Give the gift of photography

Photography classes make a great gift. SRQ Photo School offers custom private photography sessions for your favorite photographer. Choose your own workshop subject or select from our most popular two-hour workshops on the day and time most convenient for you...

iPhone Food Photography

iPhone Food Photography

As a commercial photographer with a specialty in Food Photography I get asked often how to take better food images all the time.Whether you are documenting culinary creations for personal or business reasons here are some tips to make the most from the...

Understanding Image Size

Understanding Image Size

A simple way of looking at image size (resolution) I’m constantly reminded each week by students that many don’t understand image size and image resolution and what they mean. I often request an image or art for a print application and receive a postage size piece of...

Selby Gardens 38th Juried Photographic Exhibition

Selby Gardens 38th Juried Photographic Exhibition

Once again, I'm honored to be one of the judges for the 2018 Selby Gardens Juried Photo Exhibition. If you don't plan on entering, please come and visit. I'm always blown away as to the level of talent and the different perspectives that are shot. Show what Selby...

Understanding Aperture

Understanding Aperture

Shooting in Aperture Priority Mode Full disclosure: I tried to write this in a few short paragraphs and simply couldn't. To a new photographer this is a very abstract and difficult topic, maybe the single most difficult topic for a beginning or transitioning...

Warhol – Flowers in the Factory

Warhol – Flowers in the Factory

This is your official reminder that the Andy Warhol tribute Flowers in the Factory is only available til June 30th. That gives you one more month to see this great exhibit at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. We've held several workshops at Selby and everybody has really...

10 Composition Tips

10 Composition Tips

I often profess that there are 4 ingredients to a compelling image in photography. 1. Subject 2. Composition 3. Light and 4. Color. They don’t need to be present in equal proportions but all great images contain these in varying amounts and proportions. Since...

Escape The Green Zone and Grow

Escape The Green Zone and Grow

Frustrated? Intimidated? Confused? Don’t be, here’s what you need to know… I really felt a need to do a quick post so I could reference it for those who contact me looking for guidance and knowledge. I teach lots and lots of private photo workshops to both beginning...

Photography Quiz

Photography Quiz

Check your basic knowledge of some common photography terms and Techniques. Answers are at the bottom of this post. 1/10 An image file that contains minimally processed data from the image sensor of either a digital camera, image scanner, or motion picture film...

How to create a compelling image

How to create a compelling image

Recipe for success I’ve stated in more than one photo workshop that making a compelling image is a combination of many things but in my mind there are four main ingredients that keep it pretty simple: Subject, Composition, Light and Color. They don’t have to be in...

Light and photography

Light and photography

Anybody who has taken one of my workshops will remember that Light is one of my 4 key elements that are paramount to a great image (along with color, composition and subject). We talk about quality of light a lot in photography. I often use the word magic a lot when...

Understanding Color Part I

Understanding Color Part I

Perception is everything We actually don’t see color but rather perceive it. That’s because we process color in our brains and not specifically in our eyes. Each of us interprets colors in a different way. We do generally accept that specific colors convey certain...

Challenge Yourself

Challenge Yourself

Experimentation is key to growing your photography One of a photographers biggest hurdles is to constantly challenge ourselves in order for our photography to grow. We tend to find favorite subjects, settings, lenses and techniques because we have become comfortable...

Change Your Perspective

Change Your Perspective

In more ways than one… A few days ago, on a recent trip to New York  totally unrelated to photography I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to grab a few pics of what is arguably one of the most photographed places on the planet and rightfully so. I was with a group...

The Yin Yang of Light and Shadow

The Yin Yang of Light and Shadow

Light and Shadow “Photography is to write with light.” As photographers we devote so much time and discussion to the subject of light that it’s easy to misunderstand or to get too caught up with its emphasis. Many photographers often interpret the focus on light in...

Secret weapon

Secret weapon

This Samyang 8mm Fisheye is a great tool and a secret weapon Through my years as a commercial photographer and principal at a marketing agency, I understand the importance of creating compelling images. That doesn’t always mean the best images, but it does mean...

A Card Trick

A Card Trick

A simple way to add some variety to your compositions Yesterday I took a photography student who’s passion was botany to Selby Gardens for a session of inspiration. She felt her images were becoming repetitive. After showing me a portfolio of her favorite 20 or so...

Using lines for powerful composition

Using lines for powerful composition

Recently I took a small group of students to Venice, FL as the backdrop to explore and practice the concept of using lines in our photography to create more compelling images. Lines are found all around us in both our natural world as well as our man made world. Lines...

Create art

Create art

The art that we all hope to make starts with story… Art is a universal language. Elusive and often mysterious. Doesn’t matter what kind of art, musical arts, performance arts, visual arts all speak in the language of wide eyes, second looks, goosebumps, tears, wonder,...

The Great Resolution Myth

The Great Resolution Myth

When Apple recently unveiled a set rather large set of non-commercial prints taken by actual iPhone 6 users it really got me thinking about the great myth surrounding image resolution and instances I face every day as a commercial photographer. When I first got out of...

Embrace the tourists

Embrace the tourists

Work the crowds in your favor! As we move into prime summer travel season a good reminder as you try and capture images of well known places is to embrace the tourists! Sometimes when you are documenting a specific place, especially a very popular attraction you will...

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