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March 25th, 2012

Mastering Depth of Field.

Posted By Jerry Monkman
Depth of field plays such a large role in the overall look and feel of a photo that I encourage all of my workshop students to quit using program mode and take control of their aperture and depth of field. Letting the camera make this choice seems crazy to me, yet I still see people …
March 15th, 2012

Composition – perspective, depth, and scale.

Posted By Jerry Monkman
West Branch of the Westfield River in Chesterfield, Massachusetts. Just below Chesterfield Gorge.
This is the fifth in my series of ten photo tip videos, and like the last couple of tips, this one deals with composition, specifically how lens choice effects perspective and in turn how your viewer relates to a photo because of that perspective. I also discuss creating visual depth in a photo and how …
March 8th, 2012

Keep it Simple and Dominant.

Posted By Jerry Monkman
Two big problems I see when critiquing photos in my workshops are compositions full of distracting elements and/or a center of interest that lacks impact (if it’s there at all.) Taking the time to simplify a composition, while making choices that give your main subject dominance in the frame will solve both problems. Watch my …
February 29th, 2012

Composition Basics.

Posted By Jerry Monkman
A northern hardwood forest near Mirror Lake in Woodstock, NH.
Composition is a challenging concept to teach in photography. I believe everyone has an inherent way of looking at the world and translating that vision into art, and teaching my own vision doesn’t always translate. Still there are some basic technical aspects to visual design that can be learned, and I’m putting together a series …
February 23rd, 2012

Using your Histogram.

Posted By Jerry Monkman
Most of us who have been around digital cameras for a while have come to love the histogram, which is basically a bar graph that charts the tonality of a photo. At a rudimentary level, it makes it easy to keep from under- or over-exposing photos. From a more nuanced perspective, it is possible to …
February 15th, 2012

Maximize the Light

Posted By Jerry Monkman
I just posted the first photo tip video on my blog as part of my free on-line outdoor photography course. This week’s tip, Maximize the Light, encourages photographers to learn the nuance of using natural light in outdoor photos. It seems like a good place to start – photography means “drawing with light” after all. …
February 9th, 2012

Keeping it Simple with a new Photo Tips Website.

Posted By Jerry Monkman
Misty sunrise on East Inlet, Pittsburg, New Hampshire.  Connecticut River Headwaters region.
Keeping things simple is a mantra of many outdoor photographers. Simplicity in a photo focuses the viewer’s attention on what the photographer feels is important in a scene, with simple lines and shapes combined with good light usually resulting in a better photograph than one that tries to take in everything in front of the …
November 28th, 2011


Posted By Jerry Monkman
Clouds over the Atlantic Ocean at Wallis Sands State Park in Rye, New Hampshire.
The internet abounds with blogs devoted to individual and group 52/365 projects, where photographers post a new image every day or week, with or without self-imposed parameters. I’ve resisted embarking on a similar project, mostly because I felt that imposing artificial “rules” on when or why to make photos would restrict my creativity or become …
October 20th, 2011

It’s All About Being Outside.

Posted By Jerry Monkman
View of the Nash Stream valley from Sugarloaf Mountain in New Hampshire's Nash Stream State Forest.
I’ve been fortunate enough to be out shooting more often than not over the last few months. Most days after I wrap up shooting and get back in the car to drive back to wherever I’m sleeping that night, I find myself singing a little louder to the radio with a goofy grin on my …
October 5th, 2011

The AMC Guide to Outdoor Digital Photography.

Posted By Jerry Monkman
AMC Guide to Outdoor Digital Photography
Please forgive me for a little blatant self-promotion here, but I’m excited to announce the release of my new book, the AMC Guide to Outdoor Digital Photography. When I sat down to write this book over the winter, my goal was to keep it simple – I’m a firm believer in keeping the tech talk …