Photography 101: Making a Modern Photograph

Check out this helpful post from photojournalist Stephen Dennstedt’s blog with the topic: Photography 101: Making a Modern Photograph

Expat Journal: Postcards from the Edge

Stephen F. Dennstedt

Digital changed everything about photography: cameras, lenses and processing. In 2009 I entered the digital age kicking and screaming—I was sixty-two years old. Before that I had been a film guy for fifty-five years having started at age seven.

I used many different cameras in my day, from simple box cameras as a kid to advanced Rolleiflexs, Leicas and Nikons (and everything in-between). But they all had one thing in common—they shot film. And digital didn’t and still doesn’t. Duh.

My first purchase was a consumer grade Canon Rebel XSi with two kit lenses—I didn’t want to spend a ton of money if I couldn’t master this new technology (and frankly I wasn’t sure that I could). I struggled at first—digital threw me for a loop. I was thoroughly versed and competent in photography basics and even advanced techniques but it was after I snapped the shutter and…

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