Stop thinking of yourself as a Photographer.
Start thinking of yourself as an Artist who happens to use a camera.
Making exceptional black and white photos can seem like a mystery.So many choices! Photoshop gives us many ways to convert a color photo into black and white. But not all are equal. The Gradient Map Adjustment Layer is one of the most black and white...read more
I’m just a guy with a camera and I really have no freaking idea how I do what I do. The work comes from somewhere else. It's a gift and I'm entrusted with it. I'm a vessel, nothing more. The more I realize that the easier it is for me to deal with the ups...read more
This moody photograph comes from the Photographing Hidden Chicago workshop that I did with Blake Rudis and Nick Sinnott from R.S. Chicago Photography Classes. It rained so much that we set a precipitation record for that day. But we made the best of it and...read more
How can you use your Imagination in your photography? Read on, dear friend, and I'll tell you. It seems to me that I have an unusual view of my own work. I've often been asked how I felt about critiques and whether I have ever submitted my work for one. My...read more
I've seen so many people box themselves in while editing their RAW files. Applying finishing techniques In Lightroom or another RAW editor before bringing the file into Photoshop is a mistake. There is a proper way to prepare your photos that will give you...read more
We artists suffer immensely from our inability to easily tap Imagination and translate it into meaningful work. I meet so many photographers who struggle profoundly with the question of their personal vision. “How do I know what it is?” “How can I figure it out?” “How will I know when I find it?” Let’s start with a basic idea and turn it into a simple and fun photographic exercise.read more
So what makes me think I'm right about this? Why do I think this is the way the universe works? Because I can count. And because I can observe the general function of life around me and then apply the law "as below, so above". If we look at the way human life is...read more
A couple of years ago I had surgery on my arm. I was housebound for twelve weeks. That may sound great, but in reality, it was very hard on me. I felt isolated and had a very hard time getting any work done. I had a hard time getting motivated to do anything at all. I...read more
You see, it's all about balance. If you don't balance the dark and the light, you're controlled by them. Then you end up in a mad dance, ricocheting back and forth from one to the other. One day you're a wonderful, loving human being. The next day you're a complete...read more
A funny thing has been happening. I’ve been spending a lot of time in the city lately. Despite the fact that I grew up in its innards, I’ve spent the better part of 20 years trying to get away from it. I think spending my youth there made me tired of its...read more