I am pleased to be the judge for the next Chasing the Light Juried Photo Competition. It is now open for submissions and you can enter for a chance to win some prizes and have your images viewed by over 1000 photo buyers.  CTL is an opportunity for photographers to have their photos seen by the photo community and photo buyers. The top 5 outstanding images will be promoted to over 1000 photo buyers. 
Chasing the Light is open to all photographers and our next theme is OUR WORLD UP-CLOSE: MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY. Any image that are CLOSE-UP OR MACRO qualifies for this juried competition. So upload your best images today for a chance to win.
The deadline is March 31st, 2015.
You can view the recent winners on the Chasing the Light website: http://www.chasingthelight.info
Artist need the support of people around them. Here is a good read on helping artists.
http://petapixel.com/2015/02/20/an-open-letter-to-the-artist-support-system/

Congrats to Deborah Brownstein

Posted: February 22, 2015 in Uncategorized
Congrats goes out to one of my former Macro Boot Camp participants, Deborah Brownstein. Her macro book “World With In A World” just won Book of the Year at the Louisville (KY) Photographic Society. She had tough competition, but she won based on incredible macro images, terrific composition and editing as well.

Working The Clutter On The Beach

Posted: February 22, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

The beach is a great place to find cool macro subjects like feathers, driftwood, odd critters and sea shells, Here is an area on the beach that has a mass of piled up sea shells. Not a pretty picture, and just to much chaos for the mind to take in.
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Now lets work in a little closer on some subjects. Now I’m seeing a little more of the subjects.

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Let’s move in even closer and the shells start to have more impact for the viewer.

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Now lets add in a cool subject like this starfish I found on the beach, and it adds a nice touch to the shells. If you want more impact, move in closer and fill the frame with the subject when you’re working in clutter.

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Tell A Story With Your Images

Posted: February 21, 2015 in Uncategorized
Many times I read photographers that talk about telling a story with an image.  I do get that concept and think it’s a good idea, but it is not something that I ever think about when I’m lining up a subject to shoot.
Maybe in macro there are not as many stories to tell in our images.
When I view all my images I don’t see very many stories.
Maybe with other styles of photography it’s easier to find and tell a story within the image.
I wonder when you have an image that tells a story, how many people are really able to see a story or are even looking for a story in the image.
I think photographers tend to look for a story because they have been taught that concept, but I wonder how many non photographers are able to see the story or even look for one.
I guess I really don’t worry about trying to tell a story with my photos, I just hope that the people viewing them find the subject matter and the composition appealing.

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Here’s is a great article by pro landscape photographer Darwin Wiggett.
He’s saying what I have been saying and teaching for years.
Glad to see another pro stand up and say these things.
I’ll post part two when Darwin posts it.
http://www.oopoomoo.com/2015/02/ten-myths-about-nature-photographers-part-1/
Next month I will be in the beautiful area of Asheville, North Carolina.  Come in for the Macro Boot Camp and stay a few extra days to visit the famous Biltmore Estate, and the many great waterfalls nearby where the boot camp is.
Location of the workshop
Hampton Inn Brevard
275 Forest Gate Dr.
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
828-883-4800


Dates and time,
March 20  5:30pm – 8:00pm
March 21  9:00am – 5:00pm
March 22  9:00am – 2:00pm
Cost only $199
For more info and to sign up go to http://www.macrostoreonline.com

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