Category Archives: Close Up

The Bowdlerization of Beauty: Anatomy of an April Fool’s Day Prank

A few days ago, I posted about an amazing new Photoshop action I’d created, which corrects every photo problem portrait photographers encounter, guaranteed. Hopefully, you all had a good laugh. Those familiar with my photography or writing won’t be surprised that I intended more to my April Fool’s Day prank than just silliness. So, now […]

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The Golden Section Hypothesis: A Critical Look

. There’s a prevalent belief about composition among photographers and other visual artists. In academic circles, the belief is called “the golden section hypothesis” or “the golden section theory”, though most of it’s adherents don’t know the name. Today, I’m going to thoroughly scrutinize the golden section hypothesis, and – as a nonbeliever – I’m […]

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How To Isolate Subjects, Part 2

[Editorial Note: This is the second part of a series which started here, showing methods of isolating photography subjects.] In the picture of the garlic mushrooms growing on a tanoak leaf, above, I isolated the subject from the background by photographing the subject lit up against a comparatively dark background. In this case, I did […]

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Pushing the Limits

. Around ten years ago, I participated in a discussion about whether a particular photography website should welcome digital art. Inevitably, the ensuing discussion turned to definitions of photography, definitions of digital art, and where to draw the lines. I put forward the possible criterion that photographs had to be single recordings of incidents of […]

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Winter Woods Wonders

Winter has come here to coastal California. The skies are often overcast, and frequently rainy. Everything is cool, damp, and  muddy. Most animals aren’t yet rutting, and they don’t yet have new babies. Most of the migratory birds have flown away. The colorful Autumn leaves have mostly fallen from the trees. Flowers are few and […]

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