Five Minute Photo Lesson – Contrast

Look at the difference between the two. One looks like a hot mess and the other is pleasing. Taken within 10 feet of each other. So when you photograph your kids, find that even, soft light, usually shade. Do it, do it for the children.

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Quick Snap – Iran you so silly

We have this idea in American Journalism, and yes people it still gets taught in journalism schools – of not faking images. No excessive crops (looking at Trump inaugural pics) or “photoshopping”. People have lost their jobs at every level of American media for fooling about with images.

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Quick Snap – NOPE NOPE NOPE

That is a Huntsman spider eating a pygmy possum in Tasmania, Australia. Seriously Australia, WTF is going on down there? And total credit to the couple staying in the lodge that took the time to take a photo.

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Unless someone like you cares a whole lot…

And the point will get missed. Again. The Lorax, published in 1971, chronicled the story of the Lorax warning a character called the Once-ler against the destruction of a valley of trees called Truffula trees. It was a warning against environmental destruction at the hands of corporate greed and cheap consumerism.

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Quick Snap – Swin Cash photo…

In this case odds are it was just some mid-level someone in a hurry. And it sucks. But in a world where women, and women of color, are judged unfairly by their appearance, this image was a true disservice.

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D-Day

Today marks the 75th anniversary of what the military in 1944 called D-Day – the Allied invasion of Normandy, on the French coast. People forget that by 1944, Hitler had conquered most of western Europe. The Brits were probably next….

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Quick Snap – look closer

As this is a photo blog, let’s just concentrate on one thing… This photo was supposedly taken in 1896 when Ford was debuting his new car – a tech still in its infancy. Ford didn’t invent cars, but he was at the forefront of development and ultimately mass production.

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30 years ago – a man, a tank…

I have to wonder, over in the People’s Republic of China, as the first week of June unfolds, if the men and women of my generation – graying, potbellied, an eye cast slightly back, contemplating events from our youth – talk about that final week in the square.

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Quick snap – Your life in one photo

It’s 2019. We shoot and upload and share something like 3 billion photos a day. A DAY.
Amidst all that noise, could you post one, just one photo that sums up your life? Not just a piece of it, but really encapsulates who you are, what you do, what you love?

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Video story preview #3

This video is a quick look into the barn in Drew, MS where Emmett was murdered. Just a few minutes of myself talking about the nature of photographing such a place with that kind of history. Part of the larger story we are working on, due out in June.

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