Documentary Fund Project – Call for Entries
April 29, 2013  Author:  

Are you intrigued by documentary photography? Can you picture yourself pursuing an issue with your camera? Do you already have an idea for a project that is just begging to be done? If you are nodding your head at any of these questions, the Documentary Project Fund (DPF) might be right up your alley. Educator, […]

Control the Background in Your Macro Photos
April 25, 2013  Author:  

Control the Background for powerful macro photography As with most forms of photography, macro imagery benefits from having a strong main subject; A subject that stands out and keeps the attention of the viewer. One approach to strengthening your main subject is by ensuring that you background does not compete with it. I consider the […]

Two Elements to Better Macro Photography
April 22, 2013  Author:   (1)

I thought that title might suck you in and now that I’ve got your attention I want to tell you about my favorite accessory for macro photography.  It doesn’t matter if you are brand new to macro and want to buy some gear or if you’ve been shooting for years and already own a macro […]

Mark S. Johnson Releases Color Correction Video Tutorial Series
April 17, 2013  Author:  

Photographer, Photoshop luminary, author and longtime RMSP instructor Mark S. Johnson is at it again. If you will remember back,  just a few weeks ago, we announced here on Paper Airplanes that Mark was re-releasing his popular book Botanical Dreaming a a downloadable e-book. Well, now on the heels of that release, Mark is announcing […]

Finding Inspiration on Google+ Images
April 16, 2013  Author:  

Google+: A Central Hub For Photographic Inspiration Remember the old adage that “knowledge is power?” If you spend ten minutes per day looking at images from those who have truly mastered the art of landscape photography, wedding photography, macro photography, etc., then your own photographic skills will rise. Spend ten more minutes each day reading […]

How to Set Up Your Google+ Account
April 8, 2013  Author:   (1)

Google+ Offers Us An Endless Pool of Inspiration I have been teaching about the importance of the Google+ social sharing system for a year. I speak about Google+’s value as a educational tool in all of my photography workshops and at my Adobe Photoshop Lightroom software training seminars. The message that I try to deliver […]

Become a Better Photographer by Putting Your Camera Down!
March 22, 2013  Author:   (1)

One of the most common dilemmas I hear about from my students is that they just don’t have the time to photograph. Sound familiar? I know it’s true for me and it seems that all too often, photography takes a back seat to some of the more mundane facets of every day life. So how […]

How To Upgrade To Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4
March 21, 2013  Author:  

The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 upgrade process often frustrates existing Lightroom users. Sadly, the official Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 installer disk that you purchased at the store or downloaded from Adobe online provides minimal instruction about the entire upgrade process. This lack of guidance often creates confusion because there are multiple steps involved in the […]

Botanical Dreaming Now Available As An E-book
March 15, 2013  Author:   (1)

Longtime Rocky Mountain School of Photography instructor, photographer (and all around great guy), Mark S. Johnson has recently released his internationally recognized coffee-table book, Botanical Dreaming, as a downloadable E-book. If you are familiar with Mark’s images you already know that they speak volumes by themselves. With the re-release of this collection of work in a […]

March 12, 2013  Author:   (2)

“The enemy of photography is the convention, the fixed rules of ‘how to do’. The salvation of photography comes from the experiment.” Moholy-Nagy “Our duty is to experiment.” These words were declared by photographer, sculptor and graphic designer, Alexander Rodchenko. Rodchenko was an artist who experimented greatly with the medium, finding obscure angles, dizzying compositions […]

The RAW File Format
March 6, 2013  Author:  

If you are seeking the ultimate in image quality, then your photograph’s long journey from the camera to a polished gallery print must begin with the right starting point. Beginning with the best starting point means shooting with a high-quality digital camera and top-quality lenses. It means paying attention to concepts like aperture, shutter speed […]

Intro to Google+
February 26, 2013  Author:   (2)

Photography is meant to be shared. We photographers need a supportive community to inspire our work and our best images deserve an appreciative audience. When we connect with peers and mentors, we can learn new photographic techniques and surround ourselves with new sources for inspiration. For a few years, I have been searching for the […]

Can Equipment Improve Your Photography?
February 23, 2013  Author:   (1)

I’ll be the first to admit that I love gear and I know that I’m not alone in that.  While I am certain that equipment is not always the way to better photography I do believe that there is one piece of equipment that will make you a better to photographer. Most equipment tends to […]

Experience Olympic National Park
February 19, 2013  Author:  

Longtime RMSP instructor Don Mammoser will be leading a workshop on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula from May 25-31. Having been there many times over the years, Don knows how special and downright amazing this area is. A quick search online will reveal that a trip to Olympic NP actually delivers “Three Parks In One.” In one […]

Educator/Artist Eileen Rafferty – A B&H Interview
February 8, 2013  Author:   (1)

For those folks fortunate enough to have been enlightened and impacted by Eileen Rafferty over the years, as many RMSP Career Training, Workshops and Photo Weekends alumni can attest, you’ll know just what an inspiring figure she has become in the field of artistic expression and photography education. Her background and life’s work speaks of […]