Eclipse the Competition

Got your protective eye glasses and camera lens protectors ready for the upcoming solar eclipse? Are you making a pinhole viewer as an alternate observation tool? Don’t forget to use a tall tripod and remember: Never look directly at the sun with your naked eyes! That includes your naked camera “eye”! Permanent damage will result […]

Travel Photo or Wow Factor

There’s a difference between a vacation photo and one shot on vacation that has the “Wow! Factor” and you’ll have to think a bit past 1/250 of a second at f/16.  On a much needed vacation, I found myself sitting on a screened-in porch of a friendly cottage on a beautiful body of water in […]

Shotgun or Single Shot?

The year is 1988 and your camera bag is packed with Kodak Portra 400 VC film. Your camera is a Bronica SQA equipped with two backs that can handle size 220 roll film. Your first stop is at the bride’s house to begin your wedding coverage. The first image you capture is of the bride’s […]

Do You Have What It Takes To Fail

How do you react to failure? Are you the type who throws up your hands, puts on a sad face and declares that you fail at everything you do? Or are you the person who looks at failure and thinks, “Look! I just learned something that doesn’t work.” In the words of Henry Ford, (you […]

Photo by Anthony R Socci

When In Doubt, Leave It Out

As you listen to one of your favorite orchestral arrangements of one of your favorite classical compositions you notice a great crescendo and then suddenly, as if someone flipped a switch, all musicians come to a screeching silence except one. She’s the oboe player and her soulful expression of a haunting melody stands in stark […]

Tale of Two Painters

As a former art teacher-turned-photographer, my interest in art has not waned, in fact, I still get up before 6:30 on Saturday mornings to watch two painters in action. The first is Bob Ross who took over the morning paint show from Bill Alexander, a German painter and instructor who hosted The Magic of Oil […]

Are You Overselling?

In another life, I thought I’d try selling real estate and I just happened to have a real estate broker friend who was interested in showing me the ins and outs of listing and showing property to potential buyers. After working with him for a while, I noticed that he never asked clients whether they […]

If You’ve Never Had a Dog

As I walked the main strip in Skaneateles, New York, I stopped at 62 E. Genesee Street, at a tack shop called “Gallop On Saddlery.” Tucked in the back of the store was an upstart business called “Aristocats and Dogs,” a specialized pet boutique with unique treats, food, clothing and more for your pet. The […]

Stock Photography

One way to earn revenue from your photography is to offer your art for sale through stock photography agencies. Stock photo houses basically take your images and list them for sale on their websites. They take a percentage of the sale price and give you the rest. The percentages vary with the agency, size of […]

It’s Not Perfect

It’s not perfect, it never will be, so just get it done! As a former art student at Syracuse University, I learned not only how to paint, but when to stop painting and call it finished. I was not alone in this “I’ll-just-paint-a-few-more-brush-strokes” mentality. The feeling ran rampant throughout the class. Each of us felt […]