photography /noun/ - 

the art or process of producing images

by the action of radiant energy and especially light

on a sensitive surface (as film or an optical sensor)


Notes on Photography

Photography is a science and an art, involving the synergy of technology and human intuition and intelligence.

From the   NY Times

From the  NY Times


The camera is the tool by which photographers are able to control and express light in the form of images.


Photography documents and communicates.

Matthew Brady , Civil War photographer

Matthew Brady, Civil War photographer

David LaChapelle , Celebrity + Fashion photographer

David LaChapelle, Celebrity + Fashion photographer

We live in a visual culture: our visual literacy and ability to communicate via photography is ever more important.


What makes a strong photograph?

1) Composition - the visual structure of the image, including the Rule of Thirds - understanding your focal point + playing with balance within the frame 

from Mrs. Cook's Art Class website


2) Color + Contrast



Aspects of Photography - Aperture, Shutter Speed + ISO

1) Aperture 

2) Shutter Speed

3) ISO


Apps for Post-Production Processing via Phone + Additional Resources:


2) A Color Story

3) Snapseed

4) Photojojo

Tips for a Strong Instagram Feed (Personal or Professional):

1) Consistency - post regularly, and with consistency of creativity and content

2) Variety - different visual perspectives and post goals (such as promoting, connecting, personal, etc.) create a sense of texture in your feed

3) Relevancy - only post what will truly connect you with your audience

Awesome IG feeds:

Bonnie Tsang

Paul Octavious

Jersey Ice Cream Co



"Photography is an art of observation. It has little to do with the things you see

and everything to do with the way you see them."

-- Elliot Erwitt


"Of course, it's all luck."

-- Henri Cartier-Bresson