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Analyze More

There is no point shooting a lot if you never analyze what you have done. The process that should go hand-in-hand with shooting more is analyzing more. Analyze more means to bring more conscious consideration to all the images you look at, both yours and other people’s, and to setting aside the time to actually […]

Shoot or Create More

Ideas of natural talent are being overturned by a focus on practice. Practice makes perfect. Like many skills, photography requires practice, practice and more practice. Recent research is presenting a convincing case that our old ideas about some people possessing natural talent and genius are wrong. Sure, people may have a natural predisposition in certain […]

Test Your Gear

Other people’s reviews can assist you when making a purchase decision. But once you have your gear, you need to do your own testing. Reading the manuals is only the first step of getting the most from your camera gear, you have to become familiar with how it actual works in practice. This means playing […]

Shoot Dirty

Clean images are not always what we want. So let’s dirty up your photography. If you think back to analogue photography, we often made use of very grainy film, soft focus, blur or rough forms of printing to create a particular look. There is no reason not to do the same with digital.  There are […]

Watch the Eye Line

Where people are looking in your images offers you another level of control. We are very sensitive to where people are looking. Consider how disturbing it is when you are talking to someone and they look away from you. We are very keyed into people’s eyes and we can use this in our photography. One […]

FotoTip – A New Photo Genre

Cliches stand the test of time because they contain some underlying truth, and I’m facing one of those right now. Time flies. Who hasn’t felt the truth of that zinger, usually accompanied by a sense that something wasn’t accomplished on time.  Today I’m fortunate enough to savor the flip side … time has slipped by, […]

Learn to Break the Rules

ImageMaker photography tip number 6 Photography, along with other art forms, has so-called rules: rules of composition, color theory, and so on. Rather than being called rules, they really should be called principles. Part of our growth as an artist is to know these principles. Study of composition: ideas of rhythm, mass, line, form, contrast, […]

Use a Tripod More

ImageMaker photography tip number 3 Most of us do not use a tripod anywhere near as often as we should. But this oversight is easy to correct. Tripods have other benefits than just supporting the camera in very low light. They can help to make images sharper even at hand holdable shutter speeds, take some […]

Create for Yourself

ImageMaker photography tip number 2 You cannot create photography (or any other form of art) for a fictional, ideal customer or buyer. You can only create for yourself. Now obviously if you are shooting commercial photography for a client you must please the client. That is a different situation and shooting to please the client […]

Strong Emotion Is Powerful

ImageMaker photography tip number 1 Shoot what you love and what you hate. Anything you are ambivalent about, leave. Emotions are powerful and two of the strongest are love and hate. When you are passionate about something your emotions will be strong. The strong emotion you have (either way, love or hate) will eventually lead […]

Depression and Creativity

Being creative is supposed to be one of the greatest things in the world. But it is my observation that there is a down side that is often there, under the surface, depression. (Usual warning – this article contains personal experience and is no substitute for professional advice). If you are a photographer or digital […]

DIMW Column â

In this DIMW column, Wayne looks at how dyslexia can be a hidden problem for many creative people. Why am I going to talk about dyslexia on a website that is mainly about digital art, photography and technology? Because despite many advances, dyslexia can still be an undiagnosed issue for many people in creative areas. […]