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How to Compose a Photograph Re-visited

Composition in its simplest terms relates to the way things are arranged. Some days I think that I have spent so much time on what others have said and are saying about how to go about composing a photograph that I have heard it all. You work at making it pleasing and there are things … Read more

Need Car Work?

Jeanette Giza

Any organization worth its salt needs and benefits from “new blood” and the Brentwood Photography Group is no exception; fresh faces bring fresh ideas and approaches. I want to tell you about a fresh face now in our midst that just happens to belong to someone whose sparkling personality matches her eyes. I first met … Read more

The Dog and Giraffe Look For Your Pictures

I wonder some days if I am the only member of the Brentwood Photography Group who is believes that entirely too much time is spent looking at a computer screen. I say that in the context of the oft-repeated maxim that what I ought to be doing instead is getting out and taking pictures. You … Read more

The 12 Bar Photo Technique

There’s a guy out there by the name of Keith Carter whose work you might want to get to know. He’s an American artist, photographer, and educator who has a way with words. When you have time, watch this 43 minute video on what he describes as the Twelve Bar Photo Technique. It begins with … Read more

Useless Camera Features

Britisher Mike Browne has a recent YouTube video by this title. It is filmed in an environment with which most of us are familiar: the exposition part of a convention/training meeting, filled with displays by manufacturers of camera equipment. The video attempts to point out that, in fact, most of the features on today’s cameras … Read more

Discovering What’s Really Important

Nick Dantona

Today’s blog is NOT about photography; rather, it’s about life…mine and yours, and about how we ought to be living it. It comes to you with the permission of Nick Dantona. Read on. Many of you know Nick. That’s him in today’s image, teaching a BPG roundtable on how to develop an “artist’s statement.” And … Read more

When My Photography Grows Up, I Want It to Be Like Susan Hay’s

I have not known this Memphis gal forever, although I feel that I have, given our church and photography club connections. I have noticed a dramatic evolution of her work. Particularly recently, it seems to me that she has moved from what I would consider well-done documentary photographs into what to my eye is clearly … Read more

How Do YOU Decide Which Photo Is Best?

As overseer of the BPG Photo of the Month contest this year, I often watch you guys vote and wonder how you go about picking the winner of a category. What decides it for you…other than it’s your own image and you intend to vote for yourself? (That’s a joke, folks, though I have not … Read more

How Dedicated Are You to Your Photography?

How Dedicated Are You to Your Photography? This question was raised recently by my British friend and mentor Mike Browne in a YouTube video. And it got me wondering about myself, about how determined I am to produce good images. For me, it’s confession time: my dedication right at this moment, by any measurement, would … Read more

The Smile Says It All

Lou Outlaw

In all my college and university years, I have had frequent conversations with professors but never with one who has had a camera in his hand since he was a kid. But Lou Outlaw got his first at maybe 6 years of age because he was captivated by an adult always bringing a camera to … Read more