Andrew Vernon

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4 Tips to Better Long Exposure Photos at the Beach

Published February 1st, 2014

Long exposure photography is some of my absolute favorite work to produce. There is such a unique quality about it. And, when viewing long exposure photography, you're viewing so much more than just the scene itself. At any longer shutter speed, you're viewing time at that scene. You're seeing a cumulation of what was going on at that scene for a given amount of time. In these instances, your photo is representing something in that scene that the human eye couldn't have witnessed at least not without some imagination.

That being true, some scenes lend themselves much better to long exposure photography than others and one of those scenes is the beach. There is so much to be offered in terms of long exposure photography when you're out on the coast. You have moving waves, and rock solid objects (piers, rocks, shoreline etc) all coming together in sometimes peaceful and sometimes absolutely chaotic ways. Then there are the skies. At the beach, there is huge opportunity for wind to be mo ...

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Keeping Your Vision in the Midst of Plugins & P...

Published February 3rd, 2012

I am a huge fan of using photoshop/aperture plugins and presets. I think they allow you to work much faster, provide repeatable approaches to certain looks (for unified portfolio's) and they're just plain fun to use. My only reservation with plugins (I'm probably weird for feeling this way) is that I don't want to ever use them to the detriment of my vision. Does that make sense? I've really tried to make a push in my photography where I try to think through to my processing and the look and feel of the final image before I even fire my camera. I know some people don't work in this manner, but it's slowed me down and made the photos that I do take, much more purposeful. I like that.

With filters, there's this tendency to click through the presets till we find one that we like and then that's it. The preset has just decided the final outcome of the photo. I don't like that idea. It takes the vision away from the artist and puts it into the hands of someone else. Make decisions!!! Use t ...

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5 Reasons Photo School Rocked

Published January 6th, 2012

Recently, Chase Jarvis shared a post on his blog called, ‘Should You Go To Photo School’ which I reposted here. It was an extremely simple post but I really agreed with what he wrote. Basically Chase said, if you’re into structured, slower learning, go to photo school. If you’re into hands on and/or faster paced learning, don’t! And, he joked that if the post was too simple for you, you should probably go to photo school.

Now to be honest, I went to photo school and for the most part, I really enjoyed it! In fact, there are days that I miss it. So keeping in mind that I agree 100% with what Chase said, here’s 5 reasons why photo school rocked. (Or, 5 reasons I decided to go to photo school) Another title could be, if your photo school doesn’t have these 5 things, don’t go!

* I Was Challenged - The school I went to in Tampa boasted about it’s small class sizes which was really attractive to me. And, it paid off. Classes had their usual goals and projects which were assigned. But my ph ...

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The Secret Behind 'Gravity?' (among other things…)

Published December 6th, 2011

Honestly, my glass photography was born almost completely out of curiosity. I was doing some research while in photo school and stumbled across a photo that had some similar waterline effects to my ‘Gravity?’ image, but it lacked the technical detail to be able to live up to it’s potential visual strength. I tend to be an anal retentive perfectionist and I found myself wondering how awesome a photo like that would look if it was lit well and produced better. I just couldn’t resist giving these things a try.

A good amount of ya’ll have been asking about my glass photography recently. So, I wanted to put together a post with some of the things that I have learned while playing around with this stuff. (Which really is the best way to learn!) I think I’d rather give tips than a tutorial because I know I am most pleased with my personal work when I haven’t followed step by step instructions to get there.

1. Simplify things. It sounds goofy, but I have found that the most powerful glass ...

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The Importance of Personal Projects

Published July 4th, 2011

Every once in a while, I decide to do something completely different than what I’ve been doing. It seems to be good for me! Almost like a creative recharge. Usually I won’t work on the project for long… just a quick jaunt into something new. I think it’s about to happen again…

I haven’t decided for sure on a project title yet. But I am thinking about naming it, ‘Tree of Life’. What do you think? Generally, new projects of mine stem off of techniques I have been using recently, but use those techniques in a completely new (new-to-me) way. This project is going to use compositing, black and white conversion ideas and high dynamic range imaging to make really engaging images of trees. Just because of how amazing they are, I feel like they will pretty much all be really big, old oak trees.

As a side note, here’s why I think projects are good for a photographer.

They can be a good challenge.

They can help get you out of a rut or thinking in new ways

They prove you can do more than what y ...

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