Photographer’s Blocks


Expressing our vision hinges on our abilities to be both creative and productive.  Both are possible only if we experience a state of flow, what is often referred to as ‘being in the groove.’  It is when we are in such a state that we are at our peak in terms of expressing our inner feelings and emotions and translating them into our work.

I cover this subject in detail in the essay titled ‘flow’ in the Personal Vision Mastery Workshop on DVD.  My goal in the essay you are reading now is to talk about the opposite of flow.

The opposite of flow is blockage.  We have all experienced blockage: a state in which we feel totally unable to produce anything, let alone feel creative in any way.

There are several different types of blockages and this is why I used blocks and not block in the title of this essay.  My goal here is to cover what these blockages are and offer solutions and advice to prevent or remedy them. MORE…

Chasing the Icon; a Checklist for Failure?

NMP3565APhotographers are like birders. For a lot of birders, what matters most is the sighting of a species so you can check off that bird from your list. The more species sighted the better. The same is true for many photographers; the number of iconic locations captured adds notches to your photography belt. Taj Mahal? Got it! Delicate Arch? Nabbed! Niagara Falls? You bet! But does a portfolio full of the grand wonders of the World make you a better photographer? I doubt it. MORE…

The Chat with Karen Hutton: Art Wolfe

The Mirrorless Revolution


There is no question times are a changing and in the photographic world we are witnessing these changing times with the migration to mirrorless camera systems. A recent report by CIPA and summarized by shows that DSLR shipments are falling and mirrorless camera shipments are steadily climbing.

Recently Michael and Kenen Raber from the Luminous Landscape sat down and made the video below, The Mirrorless Revolution. We discuss the move to mirrorless and why both of us have adopted it and why we enjoy it and what we think of the present offerings in this market. Plus, Michael sends a message to Nikon and Canon.

Photographers – Artists in Denial?

NMP.tifI know a lot of photographers, most of them male and I see a common theme among them. They are artists in denial.

Most of my friends became photographers through other professional careers like biologists, engineers, optometrists, surgeons, software developers, IT specialists, dentists, and police. If you think about these careers they are all precise, demanding, use a lot of technology and are heavily science based . No wonder my friends are attracted to photography – it’s so easy to geek out with technology and gear and to use ‘scientific’ formula techniques to get ‘acceptable’ results. Photography does not feel like art to them, it feels like a precise craft. And these guys are comfortable with being craftsmen… call them an artist and they get all anxious. Why? Simple! Most of these guys view artists as being not in control of themselves; they are flaky, insecure, emotional, sensitive, unreliable, and weak…. These are all undesirable traits to our type A control freaks. Defining yourself as an artist means you are vulnerable. That’ll never do! MORE….

Looking With Purpose

Cavendish-WaveLandscape photography and travel are often married together. We can’t help but dream while running towards the setting sun in exotic places — looking for that magical moment that will become our pride and joy printed on paper. At best, this is an effort of hope and wishes based on visualization and expectations. Expectations that are often built based on the work of others. MORE…

Movies That Inspire and Excite


Chances are you would rather be out exploring and enjoying outdoors whether curb side view, hiking miles into the woods, paddling majestic waterways or the myriad of other options instead of reading a blog post. I can relate, seeing amazing places in photos and videos is rarely enough.

Not long ago I was having lunch with someone that said something I could not relate to at all. He said seeing amazing places in videos and photos is good enough for him and he doesn’t need to go see them himself (obviously he is not a photographer or outdoor enthusiast). For me it’s the exact opposite. When I read, see or hear about locations that offer great adventures or fantastic photo opportunities I want to go. It whets my appetite for more. I may never get to a particular location I am viewing photos of or dreaming about yet it certainly fuels the fire to simply get out. Being an armchair adventurer is not the goal. Getting out is and that is exactly what happens!  MORE…

Are you out shooting?

d09b4c5f-1b9f-436d-bbd8-f94f5d09eb5dWe don’t know about you, but we always start our summers with high hopes of hours spent outside, capturing images of the sweet greens, stormy skies and happy critters that this time of year is known for. And yet, we often find ourselves overwhelmed with other obligations, from work to family – summer just seems too short for photography!

We’ve written frequently about the importance of making time for what’s important to you.  Is photography important to you? Or do you put off making photo time a priority? In this newsletter, we have 3 tips for making sure you get some quality photography time this season! MORE…

Using Color as a Compositional Element

smokys_leaf2We all know about the rules of composition. The ‘rule of thirds’, leading lines, forced perspective, framing, and more, but one I feel is very important is color. Color as a compositional element!  MORE…

What Makes a Photographer a Photographer?

©Darwin Wiggett - oopoomoo.comIf you gave someone a scalpel, does that qualify that person as a surgeon? If you handed the keys to a Maserati to your best friend, would she become a race car driver? Then why does the mere act of pressing the shutter button on a camera make one a photographer? MORE…