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Take chances, make mistakes, get messy

On occasion I’ll run across an article that’s titled something like “mistakes that every beginning photographer should avoid.” I’m a firm believer of learning through doing and it seems to me that if you avoid a mistake, then you’re missing an opportunity to learn something. It’s not that you shouldn’t be aware of the pitfalls [...]

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Living on the edge

Last weekend I participated in the Journalism Association of Community College’s NorCal conference. The event was attended by students from community college newspapers from around the northern state. I started out at a community college, taking photo courses and being a staff member on the school’s paper, so when thinking of a topic for my [...]

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Another reminder

Just a reminder that we’re still taking submissions for the readers’ photo challenge assignment: Flowers. You don’t necessarily need a fancy DSLR camera. I took the above photo of lupine growing wild at the Stone Lake National Wildlife refuge near Elk Grove with a simple iPhone3GS.  The deadline is April 20. The best examples will [...]

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Assignment: Flowers

When I was a young photo student at Sacramento City College, one of my favorite things was the lab work. OK, processing film was more or less a solitary task and boring, but I loved making prints in the communal darkroom with the other students. Not only did you see your own photo slowly appear [...]

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