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The last run

The Record’s TKS web press ran for its last time on the night of October 20. The press was first run in late April of 2005. The Record’s then-corporate owners Ottaway replaced an old Goss press which dated back to the 1950s. For the photographers it was a welcome change. The Goss machine was what [...]

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A sense of selfie

Be yourself, but always be your better self.” – Karl G. Maeser The Oxford Dictionary traces the first use of the word “selfie” back to 2002. By 2013 not only did they add it to the dictionary but made it their word of the year. In a recent post blogger Matt Walsh posted an article [...]

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Serendipity-do

There are times when serendipity, chance happenings, produces some great photos. Who needs years of training and experience when luck is on your side? Sometimes, great photos are made just by being at the right place at the right time, or so it may seem. Knowledge of things like shutter speeds, apertures and lens choices [...]

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All in a day’s work

“Working for a living, living and working, I’m taking what they’re giving ’cause I’m working for a living.” – Huey Lewis and the News Today is Labor Day. It celebrates the contributions that working men and women have given to make our country a strong and prosperous one. According the U.S. Department of Labor’s web [...]

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Upon reflection

A reflection can be one of those things that stares you right in the face and yet still go unnoticed. Often we’re too busy or distracted to see them. Sometimes when taking photos we can get into a certain mindset and not even consider the possibilities of using a reflection in a photo. Seeing how [...]

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A review of the rules

When my photo instructors at Sacramento City College, Dick Fleming and the late Andy Delucia, came up with the “10 Rules of Photography,” they rattled them off in a extemporaneous, stream-of-consciousness fashion. They did it on a whim more out of humor than anything else. They never wrote them down (in fact I had to [...]

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Photo ethics 101

Recently the Sacramento Bee fired long-time award-winning photographer Bryan Patrick for a breech of ethics. He apparently merged two photographs of egrets at the Galt Winter Bird Festival in January together into a single photo. Alerted by a reader the Bee checked into the photo and found that it had been doctored. They at first [...]

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Christmas “Time”

You might think that buying a Christmas gift for a photographer would be an easy thing to do. But photography can be an expensive proposition for pro and hobbyist alike. If you have shutterbugs in your family, finding them a photo-related present without breaking your bank account can be a challenge. Buying a single piece [...]

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2010′s top 12

“Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow: The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true.” –   Alfred Lord Tennyson, Ring Out, Wild Bells The end of the end and the beginning of the beginning is here. This is the time of [...]

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In your own backyard

When I was in college, one of my advanced photo class assignments was to take a picture of or in my backyard. The lesson was to teach us to look beyond the ordinary. One can become inured to the things we see every day and take for granted the beauty in that which lies around us. [...]

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