My name is Paul. I’m a New Jersey-based photographer and freelance writer. Over the years, I’ve shot film and digital, with plastic cameras, SLRs, point-and-shoots and camera phones. In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve shot thousands of photos, and a lot of them were crap.
You might be wondering how I get away with writing a blog about photography when I don’t make any claims on being a professional photographer. First of all, I’m writing this blog for the same reason that I pick up a camera every day and head out into the world looking for photos to make; ’cause I enjoy it. The main difference between an amateur and a professional (besides the paycheck) is that professionals never show you their mistakes. Me, on the other hand? I’ll be putting it out there warts n’ all.
The other reason I’m doing this is because I think there’s a lot to be said for knowing the what, why, and how of photography, rather than just taking random snapshots. If you take the time to learn the craft, you can get your best shots by intention, rather than by chance. So this is a compendium of tips, techniques, philosophy, and things I’ve found useful in my learning that I’m passing on in hopes that you’ll find them useful, too. If you don’t have to shoot as many awful photos as I did to get to the good stuff consistently, this will have been worth it for both of us.
Weren’t expecting that, were you?
But, see, this isn’t really about me. I don’t have a photography business to promote, Google ads waiting for clicks, or a book to shill. I’ve been fortunate enough that people who knew a hell of a lot more about their craft than I did were willing to share some of what they knew with me — even though, in some cases, they didn’t know me from Adam. That’s a hard thing to pay back, so I’d like to pay it forward.
So who might you be?
- Maybe you just got your first camera recently and would like to get practical advice on how to use it better.
- Maybe you’ve been shooting for years and want to recapture some of the early spark and wonder, that amateur spirit that used to spur you on.
- Maybe you suspect that gear isn’t enough, and you’d like to work on vision.
- Maybe you’re up to your eyeballs in vision and you suspect that just a little bit of the right gear will help you to realize it better.
- Maybe you’d like to wrap your eyes, and your mind, around a different way of seeing.
- Maybe you’ve seen things differently all along, and you just need someone to tell you you’re not crazy.
- Or maybe you only know that you’ve got “the bug,” and have no idea what to do next.
Now that I look at it, that’s a lot of maybes. But maybe that’s alright, especially since I hate to assume things. You know what they say about people who assume. And maybe you have questions. Great! Head on over to the Contact page, and ask away. I will get back to you – no maybe about it.
Thanks for stopping by. Whoever you are, whyever you’re here, welcome.