Tips, Techniques and Viewpoints

Selby Gardens 42nd Jurried Photo Exhibition Category Winners

Selby Gardens 42nd Jurried Photo Exhibition Category Winners

Well it should be appropriate that the sequel to my previous post should be the winners from the 2022 “Virtual” Selby Gardens Juried Photographic Exhibition. Kudos to The Observer Group for facilitating the on-line exhibition of about 250 entires. I was happy to see...

Selby Gardens 42nd Annual Juried Photography Exhibition

Selby Gardens 42nd Annual Juried Photography Exhibition

Submissions for the 2022 Selby Gardens Juried Photography Exhibition are now open. The event remains VIRTUAL so you have plenty of time and don't have to print or mount. This year's event is again hosted in partnership with Observer Media Group.   Entry...

Travel Photography Tips

Travel Photography Tips

Let’s face it, in the world today there are probably very few popular travel destinations that haven’t been documented to death. That makes for quite a challenge to capture compelling travel photos that will keep a viewer engaged.  The world is full of boring images...

Best Compact Camera for Travel

Best Compact Camera for Travel

It’s summer travel season and I’ve been getting some calls and emails from students asking me all kinds of Travel Photography Questions. One of the most popular questions or discussions rather is: What is the best compact travel cameraif I don’t want to haul my entire...

Just do it

Just do it

Want to become a better photographer?Put your camera away. Sometimes the best way to become a photographer is to simply put your camera down and just experience those things that you love so much to shoot. As photographers, we often get too caught up in capturing the...

Shot on iPhone

Shot on iPhone

The original iPhone was first released by the late great Steve Jobs on June 29th, 2007. Although it only had a 2 Megapixel camera on the back that captured an image of 320x480px, if forever changed photography.  Here’s how the smartphone changed photography:  1....

Happy Birthday iPhone

Happy Birthday iPhone

Let's face it, the iPhone was probably the most signifigant thing that happened to photography in the last 20 years. And a lot has happened to photography in the past 20 years! Today marks 15 years since the debut of the iPhone, effectively making every human on the...

How to shoot fireworks

How to shoot fireworks

This time of year questions fill my inbox regarding fireworks photography. It's really a loaded question as many settings and recommendations are situational. However, as an effort of self preservation I'm posting some general guidelines that should give you good...

Why You Should Shoot Film

Why You Should Shoot Film

Recently I received an email from Kodak, yes Kodak the iconic Rochester, NY company who pioneered many of the products and techniques used in the heyday of analog photography. Guess what, they were trying to sell me a point and shoot film camera! Crazy as it may seem...

Abstract & Creative Photography

Abstract & Creative Photography

Add Character to Your Images   Full disclosure, this is one of the best photography workshops that I present. You may or may not agree with my premise, but you will love the results none-the-less. The premise is that modern photography equipment almost forces...

Private Photography Workshops for Business

Private Photography Workshops for Business

On-Site Photography Skills Training Recently SRQ Photo School presented a series of four private photography sessions to Cabex Construction in Sarasota, FL. The end game was to help Cabex become more competant internally with their photogrpaphy thus reducing the need...

Boca Grand Camera Club Workshop

Boca Grand Camera Club Workshop

SRQ Photo School was happy to welcome some members of the Boca Grand Camera Club who braved some cold weather in February to work on some key concepts while exploring the Selby Gardens Historic Spanish Point Campus in Osprey, FL. After a brief presentation discussing...

Butterfly Photography Workshop

Butterfly Photography Workshop

Who doesn't love a butterfly?   I was asked by the education director at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota to present a photography workshop on Butterflies at the Historic Spanish Point Campus. Disclosure: I am not an entomologist nor an expert on...

Lights in Bloom at Selby Gardens

Lights in Bloom at Selby Gardens

An Open-air Holiday Light Show Now thru January 2, 2022 Lights in Bloom® features more than two million lights illuminating Selby Gardens and the walkways. Don’t miss a holiday photo opportunity, children’s arts and crafts, activities, and entertainment. Food is...

2021 Selby Gardens Orchid Show

2021 Selby Gardens Orchid Show

Join us for two specialty photography workshops open to all levels and equipment, even smart phone cameras! As the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to the display and study of orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads and ferns, epiphytes, and tropical plants, Selby...

Step Up From Smart Phone to Camera

Step Up From Smart Phone to Camera

Thinking about taking the leap from yoru smartphone to a camera? Here are a few things you might like to know. My wife loves shooting with her smart phone and she wants to get into photography, what should I do? I literally get asked this via email or text at least 3x...

2020 Selby Gardens Photo Exhibition Has Gone Virtual

2020 Selby Gardens Photo Exhibition Has Gone Virtual

Selby Gardens’ 40th Annual Juried Photography Exhibition Goes Virtual Don't miss your opportunity to enter Selby Gardens' virtual 40th annual juried photographic exhibition. If you didn't like to make prints or deliver your images, this year you can enter digitally!...

How Good is Good Enough?

How Good is Good Enough?

A question I’m often asked by both photography students and business associates is “Why should I buy a camera when my phone takes really good pictures?” or “Why should we hire a “Pro” when our staff can take good pictures with their phones?” Nobody can really answer...

Nikon School Online

Nikon School Online

Stream Nikon Online School courses FREE for the month of April In case you didn’t hear, Nikon is offering free streaming to their Nikon School Online thru the month of April. Nikon has tremendous resources and delivers excellent...

10 Beginner Photography Tips

10 Beginner Photography Tips

Like any art form, photography is not a finite skill. In fact, I’ve been shooting commercially and teaching for almost three decades and I’m still learning every day. Here is a short list of my top tips for new and aspiring photographers compiled from experience. It...

Sunset Photography Tip 1 – Timing is everything

Sunset Photography Tip 1 – Timing is everything

One of the most common themes I get asked by students in my workshops are how did I capture that particular sunset image. I’ve decided to break some tips down into manageable pieces that will be good for photographers of different skill levels and using a variety of...

Selby Gardens 39th Annual Juried Photographic Exhibition

Selby Gardens 39th Annual Juried Photographic Exhibition

Celebrate Selby Gardens! 39TH ANNUAL JURIED PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION September 7, 2019 to September 29 201910:00am  – 4:30pm There are five categories to present your most thoughtful, fun and inspired photographs that depict the scenery of Selby Gardens. Cash prizes...

Has photography become too easy?

Has photography become too easy?

As a professional photographer, marketing professional and instructor I often ask myself this question. In fact, no question in photography is more important to me, my work clients or my photography students. Everyone is a photographer these days, and that's a good...

How to make a good black and white image

How to make a good black and white image

In the workshops I teach, I almost always get asked when using a black and white image to anchor a concept, what makes a good black and white image? That's a good question. Why do we love black and white and why are we drawn to it? Outside of nostalgia, we haven't...

Boca Grand Camera Club at Marie Selby Gardens

Boca Grand Camera Club at Marie Selby Gardens

Recently I did a custom photography workshop for members of the Boca Grand Camera Club at Marie Selby Gardens in Sarasota, FL. The theme of the workshop was embracing the gardens but we focused on some specific techniques to make our images more interesting and...

New Perspectives Photo Workshop at Selby Gardens

New Perspectives Photo Workshop at Selby Gardens

On Thursday, December 13 SRQ Photo School will be presenting a photography workshop at Selby Gardens in downtown Sarasota titled New Perspectives in Photography. There are still a few open spots and we would love to see you there. Creating compelling photos is often...

Give the gift of photography

Give the gift of photography

Photography classes make a great gift. SRQ Photo School offers custom private photography sessions for your favorite photographer. Choose your own workshop subject or select from our most popular two-hour workshops on the day and time most convenient for you...

iPhone Food Photography

iPhone Food Photography

As a commercial photographer with a specialty in Food Photography I get asked often how to take better food images all the time.Whether you are documenting culinary creations for personal or business reasons here are some tips to make the most from the...

Understanding Image Size

Understanding Image Size

A simple way of looking at image size (resolution) I’m constantly reminded each week by students that many don’t understand image size and image resolution and what they mean. I often request an image or art for a print application and receive a postage size piece of...

Selby Gardens 38th Juried Photographic Exhibition

Selby Gardens 38th Juried Photographic Exhibition

Once again, I'm honored to be one of the judges for the 2018 Selby Gardens Juried Photo Exhibition. If you don't plan on entering, please come and visit. I'm always blown away as to the level of talent and the different perspectives that are shot. Show what Selby...

Understanding Aperture

Understanding Aperture

Shooting in Aperture Priority Mode Full disclosure: I tried to write this in a few short paragraphs and simply couldn't. To a new photographer this is a very abstract and difficult topic, maybe the single most difficult topic for a beginning or transitioning...

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