3 years ago I began a personal project focusing on the people who make the city of Portsmouth what it is.  Like an all star cast of characters these were the recognizable faces around town; long timers, community supporters, innovators, and keepers of history. I call them Portsmouth “Icons” (click here to see a gallery of the first round). I set out to create a photograph of each person that would tell their story and their connection to Portsmouth.

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“Officer Friendly” Kevin Semprini Directing Traffic

Now I’m gearing up for a another group of portraits to tell more stories of Portsmouth’s human interests. Stay tuned next week as we reveal a hint as to who our first icon of round two will be.

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You don’t need a selfie stick when you’re 6’5”!

I spent a few days visiting my daughter in Washington DC this week. Our walk on this beautiful afternoon brought us to the National Mall right about sunset.

Sitting there watching the light rapidly change provided a really good illustration about how the time of day makes a big difference when you’re out shooting. We all know the mantra about magic light in the early morning and late afternoon. Here’s a great example.

The following four photos really illustrate the importance of being there at the right time. These were taken during a time span of 40 minutes.

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8:03pm

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8:31pm

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8:38pm

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8:43pm

The golden afternoon sunlight gradually faded during the ½ hour between the first and second shots. Then the sky darkened quickly and the artificial light became brighter in relation to the background.

When you’re out shooting if there’s a photo that you really want, check the scene and figure out what time of day will be best. Then make sure to be there at the right time. Start shooting too early and finish too late. Which shot your prefer is a matter of personal vision, but if you don’t hang around you might miss an unanticipated winner.

p.s. Don’t be afraid to take the “snapshot” in case you can’t make it back. It’s still a great memory.

We finished up our Winter 2015 Lightroom workshop last week. It was so much fun to share the tools and techniques I’ve gathered over the years with a new group of photographers. Putting together these Workshops is a great chance for me to refresh my own familiarity with my tools, as I can forget sometimes the depth and breadth they offer.

Everyone had a great time and I can’t wait to see what they create with all their new skills!

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We’re always looking to make the workshops better, so asking our students what they thought is key. We got some great feedback from this last class and added some of it to the Lightroom Workshop page. The best way to know what a photography workshop is like to to hear about it from former students!

“I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who wants to grasp all the concepts of Lightroom quickly.” Lindsay H., Winter 2015

“If you have a background in Bridge & Photoshop and you want to learn the time-saving techniques of Lightroom, this is the course for you.” Thomas M., Winter 2015

In fact, we heard more than once lately that we should run a Beginner Photography weekend workshop, so we’ve decided to run one! Look for more information about our July Beginner Photography Workshop soon!!