February 2013 Newsletter
In this Newsletter:
– Stuff I Like This Month
– Iceland and Africa 2013
– December/January GOAL Assignment: Groups
– February GOAL Assignment: Fitness Photography
– eBook Review: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom by Michael Clark
– Product Review: Sunwayfoto Tripod Head Leveling Base
– Digital Tidbits: Should You Use Adobe HDR Pro?
– Workshop and Business Updates
Welcome to the February 2013 Visual Adventures newsletter.
One thing that most shooters agree on is that photography helps us see the world with enhanced clarity. I find that just bringing my camera with me wherever I go heightens my senses and adds great joy to my adventure. At the same time, my cameras give me the perfect vehicle to remember my adventures in vivid color.
Quite a few years ago when Amazon.com was just getting off the ground, I remember an interview with CEO Jeff Bezos where he talked about how quickly his life was passing by. In order to better cope with the speed of life, he took a camera with him everywhere he went in order to create memories of each day’s activities. He knew he wasn’t going to be able to actually remember everything, so he self-documented his crazy life with photographs.
For me, photography is a livelihood as much as it is a passion. Like Jeff Bezos, I use photography to document my life. But more than that, I want to document the beauty and joy of everything I do. This world is full of negativity and divisiveness that add a dark pall over our daily activities. My goal is that my photography helps me, and those who view it, consider the simple joys of every-day life. A daughter’s smile. The serenity of a sunrise. The awe of a surging wave. The clearing of storm clouds. The bonds of friendship. Photography has the ability to transform all of these things into powerful imagery. Normally, these events are but a fleeting memory, but they are made permanent by the trip of my shutter.