How to Take a Good Photograph
November 11, 2015

Here are my three hard-and-fast rules for taking a good photograph:

  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.

To me, a bad photograph 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.

October 14, 2014
A semi-frustrated point of view about 'hitting the wall' and how to get through the photo blahs.
May 4, 2018

A worthwhile read on a sad and sorry subject. Link to Boston Globe feature

March 15, 2018

A wonderful documentary film that captures the style and spirit of the late Bill Cunningham.

February 18, 2018

A long February photo walk from Summerhill to Parkdale in Toronto.

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Ken Raymond Photography - archives
My on-line photo archives (aka my old website) where I post my personal selects. 1,000+ images and counting. Some of them are decent.
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mylife is a photo series that captures the world around me as i see it using my iPhone and the Hipstamatic app. Since 2010 and the iPhone 3. Still going 8 years and 3 phones later...