Saturday, December 19, 2009

Saturday, November 28, 2009

The Online Photographer: Great Photographers on the Internet, Part II

The Online Photographer: Great Photographers on the Internet, Part II

Take peoples criticism with some perspective, in most cases you need to have your own internal standard and to have confidence in that standard.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

First Real Snow

I have been spending lots of time downtown Fairbanks taking pictures. Monday Oct. 26, the day we get the first snow that would stay of the winter I took a series of pictures on 4th, 3rd, 2nd, & First Ave, and long the Chena River and made a poster. I did a color and a black and white. Here is the B&W.

Getting the Photos No One Else Has » Photography Bay | Digital Camera Reviews, News and Resources

Getting the Photos No One Else Has » Photography Bay | Digital Camera Reviews, News and Resources

Friday, October 09, 2009

Walking Around Downtown After the Rain

I wander around downtown most days at lunch with my camera.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

The End of an Era

The End of an Era

I have switched my main camera to a Panasonic G1, this posting describes another photographer who has made a similar decision. I have been using the G1 since the beginning of July.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Picture Gathering

Would anyone be interested and getting together like we did for class and go out taking pictures on a Saturday or Sunday and then get together and share them or post them here?


Monday, September 28, 2009

Been Busy

I have been busy this fall shooting football again. I have tons of pictures up on flickr. I edited and selected about 10% of what I shot. I miss the class and sharing.

10 Budget Photography Accessories You Can Buy at the Supermarket | Black Star Rising

10 Budget Photography Accessories You Can Buy at the Supermarket | Black Star Rising

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

5 Cool Picasa Features To Make Use Of Your Photos

5 Cool Picasa Features To Make Use Of Your Photos

A reminder of some of the Picasa tools. Even though I use Lightroom and Photoshop, Picasa is also an essential tool for digital photography.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Visual Science Lab: Examining Modern Mythologies about Camera Equipment. Part One. Intro.

The Visual Science Lab: Examining Modern Mythologies about Camera Equipment. Part One. Intro.

Equipment sanity! Worth reading and thinking about. I have to agree, but somethings, like the quality of the viewfinder and the auto-focus are still worth upgrading. I have been using the Panasonic Lumix G1, which is a very different kind of camera, this summer and love it. I sold my Nikon D700 and Nikon lenses, even if the quality of the files was amazing. It was just too large for me.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

David Griffin on how photography connects us

This video is good for those wanting to do photo stories.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Martin Brink

Martin Brink

An excellent photographer, sometimes a photograph is not as much about the subject as it is about the vision of the subject.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Wandering in Tacoma 2008: Stephen Cysewski

Wandering in Tacoma 2008: Stephen Cysewski

I just finished this web site, I will be traveling to Tacoma next week to take some more photographs.

Monday, July 20, 2009

10 Photography Quotes that You Should Know

10 Photography Quotes that You Should Know

Actually I do not agree with all these quotes, or the discussion about the quotes, but reading them is valuable.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Kenai Penninsula 2009: Stephen Cysewski

Kenai Penninsula 2009: Stephen Cysewski: "A group of students went on a trip to the Kenai Peninsula. We went to Seward and the Sealife Center, a Kenai Fjord National Park boat trip, Kenai and the Russian Orthodox Church, Homer, Anchor Point, and Clam Gulch. These are photographs of that trip."

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Looking for photography students - wedding pics!

I am looking for 1 to 2 students to take pictures of my wedding on the 27th of June. I will have other guests taking photos, but wanted people who have taken Steve's class that would keep outdoor lighting in mind. Please email me at as I check that email more often. This is a great opportunity for practice!!! I will provide a cd or jump drive with which to copy the photos. They do not need to be edited, if it helps save time.

Thanks all!

And thanks to Steve for letting me post this!


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Thousand Portraits - a set on Flickr

Thousand Portraits - a set on Flickr
This is a cool idea, it would be a good project for a class or just a group of people.

lens culture: Laura Domela

lens culture: Laura Domela

Check this out, our state!!!

Everyone My Brother Knows in Girdwood, Alaska

Monday, May 25, 2009

Thursday, May 21, 2009

B: Shoot first, ask questions later

B: Shoot first, ask questions later

Excellent photographs and excellent ideas. The relationship between projects or ideas and actual photographs is complex and intricate.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Friday, May 15, 2009

Say goodbye to criticism, technology is here to rescue us! -

Say goodbye to criticism, technology is here to rescue us! -

This is depressing on so many levels. I hate photo contests! I hate group judging. All this does is create a computerized photo judge!!! It is computerized insecurity!

What is crucial in lasting photography is to develop an internal standard that is consistent with your values and your view of life and that expresses who you are. Developing the courage of your vision is identical to developing confidence in your unique identity.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

CIOS 258 News!!!! I am stopping teaching!

I have decided to stop teaching! I do not want to make the time commitment of four months out of the year to teach. This spring I wanted to go to Fur Rondy in Anchorage to take some photographs, but I could not because of teaching. I have been teaching every year for twenty years and it was time to stop. I will be using this web log to share photography tools and resources, I will keep this web log alive. All my material will be online also for anybody to use in their classes or to share with others.
I really enjoy teaching photography, but for now I want to do photography more then teach photography.

Photojojo » 10 Online Photography Magazines We Love

Photojojo » 10 Online Photography Magazines We Love

Excellent list to explore and enjoy!

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Editing and Enhancing Your Photograph: Sharon Gutierrez

B&W Filtered in Picasa. The original didnt look so "dirty"... I origionally took the picture to view something 'ugly' in the 'pretty' snow because I enjoy the contrast. Adding this particular filter gave it a grungy dirty look.

I "warmed up" the colors in this picture to create a warm inviting picture. I used the "warmify" tool in Picasa.

This is the original, it is a little overdeveloped to begin with, but I still enjoyed the quality of the picture.

I used the Sepia filter in Picasa. This gave the picture an 'old fashioned' look, antique if you will.

Week 5: Assignment Sharon Gutierrez

This is the assignment where we cropped the picture to change the intent of the picture... The original phtograph shows a man passed at out a picnic table downtown. You can see lots of the background and it really shows the envornment, as harsh as it is, in which he is oblivious.

The second picture is cropped to just show the man, to me it focuses on the humanity of the person alone. The background is not so important in the second picture, but even without the snow and harsh weather you feel the sense of 'hopelessness' or not caring in the cropped version.

Tagged Photos in Picassa

This is my album from this class. The pictures are tagged per Assignment 1 from April 18th - April 25th.

Sharon Gutierrez : Week 3 - First Assignment

Incorrect White Balance/ Wrong Color
Motion Blurr/Totally Blurry

Subject Blur/ Partially Blurry

Depth of Field/Wrong plan of Focus

Over Exposed / Washed Out

Inder Exposure/Too Dark

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

First assignment - Sharing Photographs

Since I already shared my rain photographs here is a link to my museum pictures. I joined the "Rain" group on flickr! :)

2nd Assignment - Editing and Enhancing

Original Photograph(it's a yoga mat)

This is using the black and white tool in picasa. I think it looks alright, but I think the color really adds to the original photo.

For this one I used the tint tool in picasa. I think it is neat that I can change the whole color of the picture, and this is the kind of picture you can make any color you want. (It's still best green though!)

This one was done using the soft focus. I think this is a good tool to use if you want to focus in on one thing in the picture. (Like the leaf here).

1st assignment - Editing and Enhancing

I looked up cropping technique and how to enhance a picture through cropping. Here is the link I used.

Original Picture

Edited Picture

Third week - First Assignment

Incorrect Photos

1. Subject blur / partially blurry photograph

2. Motion Blur/Totally blurry photographs

3. Depth of Field / Wrong plane of focus

4. Over exposure / Washed out

5. Under exposure / Too Dark

6. Incorrect white balance / Wrong color

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

artistic effects in PSP


here all i did was bring up the picture in PSP and clicked on the effects tab and scrolled down to artistic effects and chose brush strokes and that's it, couldn't be easier. now it looks like it's a painting, and I also added some sunlight.

here are lots of links to PSP tutorials

PSP can be bought but you can also find it on the net for free,

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Week 4, Part one

I used this photograph with the following enhancement technique:


Here is the link where you can see the final project:


Here is the link on Picasa where you can see my photographs:

The Other Side of Fairbanks

This is my final project. . . My hope was to capture something other than the typical "beauty" of Fairbanks, Alaska.

A Really Dumb Person

Check it out!


Some Ice Pictures

My Final Project

This project is from Creamer's Field. Half is wandering around out back and half are the geese. I was trying for geese in flight but they all just wanted to walk around for the most part.

This pair wandered all over with the one in the back constantly nagging at the one in the front.

Final Assign: Join common interest groups of similar photographs

Wk. 5 - 2nd Assgn.

Color, satuation and auto contrast changes.

Color, satuation and auto-contract changes.

Final Assignment: Shared Portfolo--Nenana