Bucolic Bench

I found this vignette just down the road from my house as we were out for a bike ride.
We had ridden past it several times over the past week but it was not an image until the light was right.

The photo classes are going well.  Everyone seems to be learning a lot.
We have been working with the basics of Portrait lighting and posing for the last several weeks both on location and  in the studio.     Fun Stuff.
If you are interested in learning photography remember that the new term begins the first week in October.  You may sign up by using the Paypal link in the  right side bar of this blog.

Canon G12 Field Find

The more I am able to work with my new Canon G 12 the more impressed I become.
The colors, the ability to shoot RAW, the + / –  exposure controls  which are located on the top of the camera, instead of being buried in a menu, and just the general handling of this camera are, for me at least, just about right.
This “Field Find” was just sold as a 12 x 18 inch print, matted and framed to 16 x 24, and it looks great on the client’s wall.  I probably would not try to go any larger than this,  but the print from my small printer, a Canon Pro 9500,  looks very good indeed.
Very impressive from a camera this size.

For those of you who have been waiting to take a photo class.
The fall schedule has just been posted:  October thru December
Look at the “Classes & Workshops” tab at the top or see the side bar
to sign up using Paypal.
The Workshop schedule is  in the works and will be posted very soon.

Enchanted Evening

Last night was the end of the term for my classes.
A new session begins next week.
It has been a good time for 8 weeks with a lot
of learning taking place.

Typically, a class combines both class room or field work
( or both) and post processing work on the computer.
The students get a chance to see the finished work
right after creating the image.  A really good way to learn.

If you are interested in learning to become a better
photographer, sign up for a class.  Look on the right
side bar of this blog.
Any questions??  Send me an email.


Floral Fantasy

How far from “reality” can we depart?
Some folks say that everything is an illusion.
So, where is this reality that we are departing from?
I love watching nature change a scene right before my eyes.
With a puff of breeze or a small branch falling into the
otherwise mirror surface of the lake.     Enjoy!

Remember that classes begin next week,
the first week in August.
You may sign up by using the Paypal link
in the right sidebar.

Arches In The Park


Back in the day, when I opened my first portrait studio in Lima, this Pavilion was where we would bring the brides & grooms for their outdoor outdoor session.  A lot has changed in professional photography since those days.  But, I bet that the local pros still use this area in the same way we did.  The technology may change (a lot), but the basics of a good image remain the same,  Subject, Light & Location…..and the technical skill to render them effectively.  The Arches remain. If I was still in town, I am sure that I would have the children / grandchildren of the original families and brides asking to be photographed at this location.   Ah, the benefits of a studio background.

If you are interested in learning the skills necessary to become a professional photographer, remember that I give lessons.  The next term starts the first week in August. You may enroll by using the Paypal link in the right side bar.  If you  have any questions about the classes, please feel free to send me an email.

Fog Fantasy

After much work, the fog of construction dust has lifted
and Photo Classes are now up & running here at the studio.
It is a pleasure for me to be, once again, teaching from my own facility.
Just the ability to walk over and pick up the correct studio prop,
move in the right light, or to have all the necessary post processing
software is a delight which has been sorely missed.
We can accomplish so much more in this type of environment then
we could in what, during the daytime, was a children’s classroom.

The students seem pleased which is the really important part.
So, at this point, I am happy.

Now, comes the fun part of getting the word out about
how to become a part this unique learning experience.
Ah, the joys of being self employed.

This image was made just as a rain storm was moving
out of Cades Cove which is part of the
Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Photography Education

Just as the water wheel keeps turning. We should always keep learning & growing.
We can always learn something new to increase our abilities.
Remember, classes in my studio begin June 8th, for Beginning and June 9th
for the Advanced class.  Cost is only $100.00 for either 8 week class.
You may use the Paypal button in the sidebar to sign up.
Hope to see you then.

Why Photo Classes?

Why Photo Classes?

When I first decided that I wanted to make a life and career in photography, I realized that there was much I needed to learn. I knew a little about it. My dad was a talented  amateur and with the gift of his cameras came some time in the darkroom and some basic instruction.

For the first year or so, I was a prime example of the “ignorance is bliss” theory of learning. Or, as they say now, I was “unconsciously incompetent”.  I really had no idea of  how much there was that I had to learn.

After all, when I went out with my camera, I came back with images which looked ok.  Maybe, a little under or over exposed but that was something I could fix in the darkroom.

After while, I became very skilled in the darkroom. I could fix almost anything….lol.   (Of course, if I had done it right in the camera, there would be nothing to fix.)

It was not until I got a job in a real studio, as a chemical mixer in the darkroom, that I began to realize how very little I really knew about my chosen profession.

It was a multi-photographer studio and at the end of a days work, they would come into the darkroom and develop their film, mark their rolls and hang them up to dry. For the first time in my life, I saw how good a correctly exposed roll of film could look. Every frame just perfect, or very close to it. The lighting just right. The subject in the exact spot where they needed to be.

I went home that night, looked at my film, and thought ###**!~!**…..     At that point, I started to really learn photography.

I learned everything I could at that studio and got a job at another one in a different town and learned everything I could there. I worked for several newspapers as a staff photographer. I took all the classes I could and studied with the best professionals I could get to teach me. I went back to university and took a degree in Photography. After graduation, I continued to study with experts in the fields of: Portraiture, Landscape, and Commercial/Product photography. I supported myself with weddings and portraits and the sales of fine art landscape photos.

By now, I bet you are thinking: “what does all this have to do with classes in photography?”…  Well, everything!

You see, one  of the problems in learning this art when I started was that very few professionals wanted to teach their competition. Non disclosure contracts were common when you worked at a studio. And, to learn from someone usually meant that you could not open a studio in the same area. Studio secrets were closely guarded and no one was telling. The false feelings of scarcity and insecurity were what drove this lack of sharing but it still made it very difficult for a newbie to break in or even to learn.

However, some of the pros were different and I am very grateful to those outstanding studio and landscape photographers who were willing to share their knowledge with me and others like me when we were just beginning.

So, since the beginning of my life in photography, I have been a teacher.  I have shared what I know and continue to do so.

The classes I teach are not just about how to make a good basic image, although I certainly teach that. They go well beyond the basics and, if you stay with them you will learn all that is necessary to either become a working professional,  or to just make images like one.