Here is a little excerpt from one of my favorite books out there on photography. Highly recommend to young and old photographers out there.

’Welcome to Oz’ Author Vincent Versace

The End of the Beginning
A picture is a poem without words.

Before you ever press the shutter, there must be something
that moves you to do so. If you are not moved, you will not
move others. Do not try to make a memorable image out of
a capture made casually, even if it was a happy accident. Do
not simply take a picture. Let the picture take you. Let the
experience that is happening in front of your camera, pull you
through the lens and not the other way around.
If you have read all that has preceded this, you know that
a still camera’s limitations are also its power. John Paul Caponigro
has said, “The camera is what I use to hold the world
still.” And this isn’t “hold” in the sense of tying something
down. That is too often the case with people who feel that all
photographs must be posed and the subject must stay completely
still. “Sit, move your head to left… No, too much, okay,
hold that. Place your hand under your chin… Stop… Hold that,
don’t move.” Shooting that way produces images so devoid of
life and time that they are eminently forgettable.
You should want to create images that feel as if they are
about to move or were caught as if they were already in
motion; as if the moment of capture is like a breath held
expectant, waiting to exhale and breathe the next moment.
I will say it one more time: A still photograph is called a still
photograph because the picture does not move, not because
the objects in the picture are not in motion. You can capture
motion with stillness and, in that moment, hold time still, but
yet experience the feel of its passing.
Make images that move the viewer the same way you were
moved. Make images that communicate the fullness of your
life, and your images will be just that: full of life.


FotoVisura Features » 10 films of the last decade that every photographer should see

FotoVisura Features » 10 films of the last decade that every photographer should see

This was not an easy list to make. Many considerations entered into my selections, and while my top 10 are not necessarily my favorite films of the decade (though a couple undoubtedly are) I have selected them for their relevance to the creation of images by photographers today. Movies are a photographic medium (motion pictures) and should be consumed by photographers for the same reasons we look at painting, sculpture, architecture, theatre, and the work of our colleagues; to be inspired, to be moved, to find something great to rip off (or, if you prefer, to dialogue with in our own work). But in recent years, the reasons to watch lots of films have been compounded by the fact that photographers, more and more, are being asked to make what the industry is now calling “motion content”, or what I call, movies. 


Color Printing Technique

Color Printing Technique – Digital Photo Pro |

After your image is sized and sharpened, it’s ready for you to make a print. To this point, you’ve been working with a backlit display with vivid RGB colors that exceed the saturation and brightness of anything you can put on paper. Now the moment of truth arrives, and you need to translate what you see on the monitor to a print that can convey the same feeling. The problem is much the same as it was when photographers shot transparency film: There’s still a huge discrepancy between the dynamic range and color gamut that can be represented with a glowing backlit monitor image and what can be printed on paper, where the brightest thing is the white paper. Another major issue is the way images are constructed in the two different media. RGB images on the monitor exist in an additive color space: Red, green and blue light is added together to make white. CMYK images, which form the bulk of paper-based output, use cyan, magenta, yellow and black to subtract from paper white to make a color image ….


Hi-Tech Studio: File Format Decoder Ring – Digital Photo Pro |



File Format Decoder Ring – Digital Photo Pro |

There seems to be no limit to the number of file formats photographers have to deal with. Presented here are some of the most common image file formats photographers are likely to come across …..


2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2010. That’s about 4 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 118 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 211 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 28mb. That’s about 4 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was August 8th with 60 views. The most popular post that day was Jay Maisel Photography.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for garret suhrie, duncan loughrey, water howard schatz, carlos tarrats still life, and mitch dobrowner.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

Jay Maisel Photography August 2010

Garret Suhrie August 2010

Chema Madoz Fotógrafo August 2010

The Ultimate Guide For Long Exposures February 2010

Issuu – Personal Bookmarked Collections July 2010