5 BLOG POSTS FROM MY ARCHIVES EVERY PHOTOGRAPHER SHOULD READ:

5 BLOG POSTS FROM MY ARCHIVES EVERY PHOTOGRAPHER SHOULD READ:
 
I started doing this blog now since August 3rd, of 2015.  At first I was only doing 1 per week.  Then I started collecting some of the best photos on the internet, and introduced the “Photos of the Week” concept, and ended up doing 2 blogs a week.  Then I felt the need to fill in the gaps, and before you know it, we have evolved to 6 blogs a week. 
 
Today, I probably have calmed down to only 4 or 5 per week.  I keep finding new topics, new articles, and new photos to share.  I have started taking a lot of my own photos, and have started writing a lot of my own blogs, instead of using other photographers articles.  And even better, I have my own website now:  123photogo.com. 
 
So, if I was to look back at the many different blogs I have done, there are some that have been really popular, some that have been really meaningful to photographers.  Some that are popular because they are just cute too.  In today’s blog, I want to highlight just 5 of the best, and most popular blogs I have ever done.  How many have I got to choose from?   Would you believe I have done over 350 blog posts now.  So, if I pick the top 5, they have got to be really good.  Let’s take a look now:
 
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HERE IS THE LINK:

http://123photogo.blogspot.com/2016/09/a-winning-photo-of-lightning-portrait.html

This is just one of the sample photos from one of my favorite:  PHOTOS OF THE WEEK.  This particular group of photos had some of the most entertaining of them all, and looking at the stats, this particular week had the second most hits of any of my posted blogs…. ever.   It was an amazing group of photos. and you should check this link out again.

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Here is the Link:

http://123photogo.blogspot.com/2015/12/how-to-establish-your-photographic-style.html

 

This article titled:  “How to establish your Photographic style” was a great article written by Geordie Parkin.  It was so well written that I think Fuji Film posted this article on their own website as well.  But, it has such great information on how to establish your own style as a photographer…. how to be unique among photographers, so you are not like all the others out there.  It has great information and certainly worth reading again.

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THE ART OF BLACK AND WHITE:
Here is the link to this post:

I hit a nerve with a group of photographers, because there is several groups on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media groups who have been very serious about making black and white photography a real art.  And it is true.  I had done some research, and some of my favorite photography friends on Facebook were also doing some real good black and white photos as well.  So, here is a special post on some real good photographers, who have chosen to keep this art alive and well.

Oh, and by the way, I did a part 2 of ” The art of Black and White Photography” and had a similar response to that one too.

Plan on seeing a Part 3 soon.

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HOW TO DO GOOD PET PHOTOS / WILDLIFE PHOTOS:
 

Now, I had only been doing my blog about a month and a half, and boom, I went from having about 6 people view my first blog, to over 250 just on this one blog. Wow, was I excited!  So, I found out after that, and from other blogs after, that people love their pets.  I seemed to always have good results whenever I had posted something about pets or animals.  This was a short one and a fun one.

Here is the link to this one:

http://123photogo.blogspot.com/2015/09/how-to-do-good-pet-photos-wildlife.html

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HIGHLIGHTING PHOTOGRAPHERS:  FEATURING “FIG SAUVAGE PHOTOGRAPHY”
 
I have been extremely lucky to meet, online, some real incredible photographers.  I have loved their unique photography, and I reached out to them and wanted to do a kind of biographical story on their life and also showcase some of their own photography.  I did my first one with “Fig Sauvage Photography”.  She is a wonderful photographer and has continued to grow in her art as a photographer.  Since this post, she has done her own gallery showings of her photos, and has had her photos published.
I feel honored to know her.  She is a beautiful woman, and I am still looking forward to the time to meet her personally.  I would love you all to take another look at her work at:
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NOW A NOTE TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE READ THIS FAR:
 
*  if you are a professional photographer, and would like to have an article written about you and posted on this blog site, please contact me.  My email address is listed at the bottom.
 
*  if you have a special group, such as “black and white ”  or “street photography”  or “dachsunds” or some other group that you would like highlighted on my blogsite, please contact me.  Email is located below.
 
*  From this point forward, my blog site is changing to :  http://www.123photogo.com.   I have started my own website now.  Right now I am mostly posting my blogs, but, it will evolve into a wonderful, full featured photographic site, with photographers photos to sell, and products to buy. 
 
*  And a special thanks to all my loyal readers.  Some of you have become real good friends, and I look forward to closer relationships with you. 
 
 
 
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5 THINGS I WISH I HAD KNOWN WHEN I STARTED PHOTOGRAPHY:

5 THINGS I WISH I HAD KNOWN WHEN I FIRST STARTED PHOTOGRAPHY:   So, the first time I walked into a camera store, and decided I wanted to buy a camera, I wish I had done 5 things before I had purcha…

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5 THINGS I WISH I HAD KNOWN WHEN I STARTED PHOTOGRAPHY:

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5 THINGS I WISH I HAD KNOWN WHEN I FIRST STARTED PHOTOGRAPHY:
 
So, the first time I walked into a camera store, and decided I wanted to buy a camera, I wish I had done 5 things before I had purchased my first camera.   I want to share with you those things now, and even maybe help those who have even been taking pictures for a while with decisions that will help them as well:
 
1- DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH FIRST ON THE DIFFERENT BRANDS
 
I will admit there are a lot of brands out there.  Why doesn’t it come down to one or two?  I guess it comes down to the same reason as why are there so many car manufactures.  Right?  Ask the same question about cars, and you will get the same answer about cameras.  The reason some people like Ford over a Toyota, or Chrysler over a Kia, is they try it out, they like it, or they have had a friend try it and they said it is the car to buy, and they trust them, and so on and so forth.  So, it is with the camera industry.  Someone tried Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Sony, Panasonic, Olympus, Leica, etc, and they were amazed at the pictures, and the way it felt, and they were sold on it.  So, if you don’t take any body’s opinion on it, then you must study it out for yourself.  Go to unbiased magazines (where do you find them?) and get the reports of how these cameras stack up against each other.  Learn about the different lenses  and who makes the variety of lenses for your camera, and how easily it is to get the lenses for the camera you seem to be narrowing your decision to.
 
2- DON’T MAKE A DECISION UNTIL YOU HOLD ONE AND TRY IT.
 

Try holding the different cameras you have narrowed your list down to, and pick them up, feel how it is in your hands.  Do the dials feel comfortable in your hands.  How are the placement of the dials or buttons?  Can you move the dials or buttons easily?  Do they make sense compared to other cameras?
3- IF I BUY THIS CAMERA, HOW EASILY IS IT TO GET ACCESSORIES?
 

 
I have seen a few cameras where the accessories for the cameras were limited to the manufacture only.  3rd party accessories were very scarce.  That just opens up the prices to be very expensive.  That is like having a Rolls Royce car, and not being able to buy a part for it in your local auto parts store, but only from the Rolls Royce dealer.  The price is outrageous, but, really, really good.  If that is what you want, then there is no problem, but, you may also have to wait for parts too.
 
4- TRY TO DECIDE AHEAD OF TIME WHAT TYPE OF PHOTOGRAPHY YOU WANT TO DO, OR THAT INTERESTS YOU.
 

 

Decide ahead of time what type of photographer you want to be.  A scenery or landscape photographer, a wedding photographer, a portrait photographer,

Photo courtesy of:  Oleg-ti.com

There is many different types of photography to get into that you might enjoy.  Decide what type of photography you want to do, and that will direct you to the type of lenses, the type of accessories and other equipment you will need to be looking at.  Buying a serious camera will never stop with just a basic camera body and lens.  If you are planning on getting serious, the extra equipment will need to be added sooner than later.

5- FIND A SOURCE TO LEARN FROM, TO HAVE A MENTOR, WHERE YOU CAN CONSTANTLY LEARN YOUR TRADE. 

 
I had a doctor who I thought was really good.  I also noticed that he was always studying and kept up to the new technologies that were coming out in the medicine field.  And it is the same in the camera industry.  Where can you go to learn all the new things out there.  Well, I will be right up front with you:  I am trying hard to provide good instruction for all types of photographers  on this blog, and on my website.  In fact, my website will expand into different subjects and even provide an email list soon in which you can subscribe to different topics.  I am looking to really expand this website to help all my fellow photographers, and I am looking to have photographers who want to add their expertise to help on this site as well.
Good magazines are always a good source as well.  They are constantly updating tools of the trade, as well as tips on how to do certain types of photography.  You should never fail in photography with all the helpful things there are out there for you.
Aspens in Winter:  by Lanny Cottrell

So, hopefully this will help you as you decide on your camera or equipment in the future.  Don’t make your camera and equipment purchases without doing some research, and I hope you don’t take your friend or relative’s opinion in the decision process.  You will feel better if you follow the above steps.

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The above article written by:  Lanny Cottrell