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How to take a good picture
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Here are my three hard-and-fast rules for taking a good picture:

  1. Procure a camera (of any kind, quality).
  2. Figure out how to turn it on, press the shutter and capture the image (also helps to learn how to get the image out of the camera and into a viewable form, though lacking this doesn’t technically prevent the taking of a good picture, it sure gets in the way of viewing it).
  3. Point the camera at something that captures your attention, sparks your imagination, intrigues you, makes you feel something and then press the shutter.

Simple. A good picture captured. Then repeat. Often. You see, a bad picture is the one not taken. A good picture is the one you take.

Don’t get caught up in the hyperbole of quality, artistic value, style, composition, lighting etc. These are all subjective qualities. Just take pictures. Use your eyes, heart and head. Trust your feelings. Your technical skills will evolve and improve with each exposure. Your own style will emerge through the act of doing.

It’s really that easy.

I Despise HDR
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I’ve been scouring a lot of photo sites lately and I’ve come to the conclusion that I really can’t stand HDR photos. They bug the crap out of me. I lean to photo realism and capturing scenes as they are. I will push and pull shadows and highlights a little and occasionally desaturate selectively tweaking outputs to enhance the feel of what I’ve captured but the whole HDR ‘trend’ is something my aesthetic revolts against. Anyway just browse through 500px.com and you’ll see what I’m getting on about. There, I’ve got that off my chest.

Random Thoughts: Experimentation and Breaking the Mould
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Random thoughts here as I edit my next batch of photos… Still evolving and feel all over the place as a photog, still doing this just for me, wandering, exploring… I sincerely appreciate all the comments I receive and am surprised and happy that many of you do drop by my site and check out my work.

First comment is this site, I keep wanting to tear it down and redesign it or at lease evolve it. Not that I don’t like it but I like to keep it fresh. I have my digital paintbrush out and may change up a few things over the next few weeks.

As for the photos, I read something recently about getting out of your comfort zone, stop shooting the same stuff the same way again and again and i think with this next set I’ve tried a few new things, slowing down the shutter, clsoing down the aperture and really not giving a damn about motion or wobble. Some of these pictures have turned into pleasant surprises.

As for subjects, LA was back on my agenda so some new things to look at but sadly didn’t have much free time to wander with my camera. Have to admit I am getting bored of my hood and the walks from my house, will need to expand my geographic horizons as I continue to try to find myself through my lens.

Peace, Ken

Photography is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.

Alfred Stieglitz