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What Makes a Photo?

This post was inspired by my recent experiences which led me to the discovery that most people don’t really know what photographers actually do when they create their photos.  I decided to write “What Makes a Photo?” mainly to educate people who have no idea of what the behind the scenes look like as far as creating art through photographs.

A month ago, my husband and I went on a fall trip to upstate New York and visited my in-laws.  My sister-in-law is a member of the local artisan coop where she designs and makes custom bags or purses.   Different types of art such as carved wood, fused glass, painting, and others are on display at the store.  None of the work at the store was created by a photographer – and why is that?  We were told that the person in charge of the coop does not believe that a photographer is an artist. WHAT???  The person said that all the photographers have to do is point the camera to something then click, and the shot is made; that there is no art involved in that, unlike a painter who thinks about what he’s going to paint and uses brushes and paints to transform his thoughts into art.   Hmm….

Recently, I was asked to shoot an event.  I don’t advertise myself as event photographer because that’s not what I do but I thought, sure why not.  In talking to the client, I realized again that a lot of people don’t really understand what goes on in creating photos.  I was asked to shoot and then give all the raw files to the client without edits at a price much less than what I charge.  I had to explain that my business is not structured like that.  I don’t give out my unedited raw files and if edits are asked, that’s charged separately.  Anyway long story short, I ended up not getting the job – but I felt good about it.   The whole deal was just not worth my time and effort.  A client like this is not the type of client I would work with.

So what really makes a photo?
I will explain this in a way that applies to the type of photography that I do which is Landscape and Nature but some of it will also apply to other types of shoot.

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Photo Project Theme Week 16 – Multiples

Hello once again to my weekly photography theme.  I’m so glad you’re here.  This week,  the theme is “Multiples”.   Before the weekend started, I thought about creating this scene and I am so glad my daughter agreed to do this with me.  So this morning, I setup my tripod and shot a series of photos of her doing different things.  Then I worked on it in Photoshop using layers and masks.

Thanks Lauren for the great acting.  You look believable! I owe you one.


After seeing the outcome and how much fun I had making this, I’m thinking of making a series using this technique.  We’ll see.  I have so much projects that I want to do.

I hope you enjoyed this weekend’s theme.  Next week’s theme is “Low on the Ground”.


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Photo Project Theme Week 15 – Texture

Hello everyone.  This week’s theme is “Texture”.

Last Friday afternoon, I took my dog for a short walk at a little park/playground close by and as we were walking I noticed that the sunset was beautiful.   As usual I don’t have my DSLR with me but luckily I have my phone so I shot this photo with my phone and added a texture that I got from this site called Brusheezy.  They have a lot of free textures that you can download to play with.

Adding a texture to your photo gives a different artistic look to it.  And not all photos will look good with texture either.  You’ll just have to play with it until you see one that suits your taste.

There are a lot of tutorials out there on how to add texture and here’s a link to one.  This is from Matt Kloskowski, a Photoshop guru.


Till next week.   Have fun playing with textures!

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