Don Peters

Still Lifes and Abstracts

We can find many subjects for abstract and still-life photography around the house. To capture them, we only need basic photographic gear, and imagination.

A still life is usually defined as an arrangement of inanimate objects. Our homes are full of them. We may find an existing arrangement of objects that we like, such as this vase of flowers.

Editor's Note: This is a guest blogpost from Don Peters

That Extra Something

Some photographs continue to hold our interest long after they are taken. Others don't. What accounts for the difference? It's worth looking at our own work with that question in mind. The answer may tell us what kinds of photographs we should be taking.

Thinking Ahead

We need to be on the lookout for photographs that aren't yet available, but soon may be. 

We get a good composition when the right combination of subject matter and light coalesces in the viewfinder. Subjects are often moving. Light is often changing. We need to be thinking ahead to avoid missing shots.


Into an Empty Place

Things start to go wrong before the sun is up. Some photographic outings are like that.




Photographic Software on a Budget

Most of us who are amateurs have limited budgets for photography.  When it comes to buying software, we need to be prudent and frugal.  I've made both good choices and bad ones. 

The Photos We Didn't Take

In the last few years, I've taken a number of photographs I'm pleased with.  Even the best of those, though, can't compare to the photographs I didn't take.



Composing a Landscape Shot

It's easy to take forgettable landscape photographs.  I've done it many times.  We see a pretty scene, twist some dials, focus and start clicking the shutter.  Then we get home and wonder why the results are so disappointing.

There's a better way.

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