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November 14th, 2016

Posted in Photography Blog by Randy Wells

IT’S WHAT I DO

An automotive photographer recently confided in me that he was having trouble with his car-to-car shots.

I told him the same photo tips I will tell you.

Great photos are made when the photographer is in the zone, has something to say about their subject, and puts all their attention on these eight things – unconsciously:

1. Light / Color
2. Location
3. Background
4. Foreground
5. Some technical stuff: Lens Choice / Shutter Speed / Aperture
6. Camera Position
7. Composition
8. The Moment

September 27th, 2016

Posted in Photography Blog, Travel Blog by Randy Wells

MAKING BETTER PHONE PHOTOS

Here are some basic tips from National Geographic:

1. Avoid direct sunlight (especially from over your shoulder)
2. Choose the highest quality setting available
3. Wait for the “magic hour.”

More here: National Geographic Tips

January 17th, 2014

Posted in Photography Blog, RF / Leica Blog by Randy Wells

AN OBSERVATION

“We live in a world that values easy solutions to complex problems. And buying [photographic] gear on specifications is such a solution. Further, instant pop culture has destroyed the ability of most people to appreciate nuance, delicacy and detail, values which require dedication and emotional commitment, and which are only revealed over time.” More

May 6th, 2013

Posted in Photography Blog, RF / Leica Blog by Randy Wells

PHOTOGRAPHY – A LOOK BACK

Posted these tips on a forum recently. Hope they help:

I started shooting with a Brownie as a kid, won an award from Kodak when I was 12, hitchhiked around SF in the summer of ’68 for two weeks as a teenager with a Canonet, then put away the camera for eight years during pre-med and graduate school.

Eventually I bought a Canon AE-1 in 1976. After learning B&W, I graduated to Kodachrome 25 and a Canon F-1, which was used religiously for the next five years. Then moved to Leica and Leicaflex, Hasselblad, and Pentax 6×7 for another fifteen years. Now I primarily use a pair of Canon digital SLRs and lenses from 14mm to 500mm for assignments and a Leica M9 rangefinder for personal work. More

November 4th, 2012

Posted in Photography Blog, Travel Blog by Randy Wells

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS – Photo Tips

As we set our clocks back and say goodbye to Fall, here’s the final (for now) post in my creative process series on photography:

“Do not paint the sleeve, become the arm.” -Andrew Wyeth

“In order to see, we must forget the name of the thing we are looking at.” -Manet

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once you grow up.” -Picasso More

August 5th, 2012

Posted in Photography Blog, RF / Leica Blog by Randy Wells

PART III. CREATIVITY AND THE DIGITAL CAMERA: A LOOK BACK – Randy’s Photo Tips

For the third installment on creativity and the photographic process I revisit my first professional digital camera in an article I wrote for PC Photo Magazine:

“What inspires us to photograph in a more creative way? For some it might be the realization that we are seeing something anew for the very first time. It might be as simple as connecting with a new country or culture. Maybe this inspiration is a reward for venturing outside of our comfort zone. For others, it might come from trying out a new technique, or viewing a master photographer’s work, or being forced to overcome some challenge that compels us to aspire to heights we haven’t reached for previously. More

July 18th, 2012

Posted in Photography Blog by Randy Wells

PART II. 15 TIPS FOR THE DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHER

This is my second article in the creativity and photographic process series from 2012:

Many of these tips I credit to other photographers and authors, especially Ernst Haas, Sam Abell, and Deanne Delbridge.

1. Work with the minimum amount of equipment and be totally familiar with it. Consider exercising with your gear before a shoot.
2. Check all cameras, lenses and flash units before any shoot – remove smudges from lens elements/filters, dust from sensors, and charge all batteries.
3. Take more batteries and digital media storage than you think you will need.
4. Know before you go: Research your subject and location for favorable concepts and backgrounds. Weather is a factor, but remember bad can be good.
5. Rest completely and eat little before shooting.
6. Check your histogram for exposure, then forget about the review monitor as much as possible.
7. Never say to yourself, “I’ll get it later.” More

June 13th, 2012

Posted in Photography Blog by Randy Wells

PART I. THE FIFTH ELEMENT IN PHOTOGRAPHY Randy’s Photo Tips

Over the next three months, I’ll be posting once a month about creativity and photography. Here’s the first installment:

There are many ways to look at photography. Like music, one can see it as an expressive art form that captures an always-changing continuum. If you break down a photograph into only four elements you will probably come up with something like this: light, form, line and color. The corresponding elements in nature are: fire, air, earth and water, like the points of a compass. Going further, the elements of man reveal another quad: heart, mind, body and soul. There is also a fifth element to consider – that of transition, moment, space and consciousness. More

October 9th, 2011

Posted in Photography Blog by Randy Wells

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ON BEING AN ARTIST TODAY – Randy’s Photo Tips

Sometimes I forget how hard it must be for young photographers and artists who face the challenges of today’s modern world.

I was recently compelled to post a comment on a blog buddy’s website. I saw a comment that gave advice on this stuff that seemed to come from a different culture. Maybe I’m just lucky to still be able to work at what I love, or maybe I’m just an old white guy…

Here’s what I wrote. Maybe it will help somebody somewhere.

“Simplify, simplify, simplify. And learn how to say no.” More