Pixels, Pixels, Pixels, and More Pixels

“Yep”, says the naive customer as he leaves the phone store, “This phone has 49 megapixels, I’ll never need one of them fancy DSLR doohickeys! Hell, it’s even got digital zoom, that’s got to be better than a zoom lens.” Seems a number of companies making point and shoot cameras and smart phones think this is the way most consumers think. More is always better. Bigger sensor, more pixels, higher ISO settings; anything that can be more or bigger should be. I agree with the…

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That’s not fair!

I’ve heard this so many times. I’ve also heard “You cheated” more times than I can count. Where do I hear these phrases you ask? No not on the playground or when I’m playing cards, but when people look at my photos and ask if I use Photoshop. Frankly, it starts to grate on my nerves sometimes. As if using Photoshop to adjust the exposure, saturation, and sharpness in my photos is cheating. Where do people get this silly attitude from? People tell me occasionally…

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Ignoring Rules

Adhering to the rules of composition is important. Well, usually. 99.9% of the time I try to place elements of my images according to the rule of thirds or golden ratio whenever possible. This frequently requires post shoot cropping since elements in the world are not aware of how important their placements are to my photography efforts. I like the idea of drawing a person’s focus to the intended point of interest in an image and doing so without conscious effort on the viewer’s part.…

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