Chris Edwards

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A Lifetime In 2 Minutes

Published September 26th, 2011

What’s the average shutter speed for a photo? Have you ever thought about it? There are some of the most amazing photos in the world right here on 500px. Some of the most beautifully composed, technically flawless photos you will ever see right here on this site. I’m not talking about those however. I’m talking about your family snapshots. What’s that? You don’t take snapshots. I haven’t lately either but something happened this weekend that will change that.

My wife and I are packing up the house. We’re getting ready for a move to a new place. I Found our old photo albums and the scrapbooks my wife loves to make. We spent a couple of hours going through those books. Laughing and recalling stories. I never once considered the quality of the photos going through those albums. Most were taken before my wife or I knew anything about photography. Before I became aware of shutter speed, aperture, ISO, etc…. These are still great photos. Not in a technical sense, but collectively they tell a ...

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Who Inspires You?

Published September 9th, 2011

I stumbled into my obsession with photography about 5 years ago. I've since progressed from a casual shooter into a full fledged, raving photography enthusiast. Part of the madness is of course looking at the work of other photographers. There are a few whose work gives me inspiration to create new photos. For me, the work Chris Crisman does continues to amaze me. He is an artist working with light. Of course appreciation of someones work is subjective and you may find it unappealing. So who does it for you? Who do you want to tell others about? Whose work has helped you shape your own style as a photographer?

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Ahhhhh, The Anonymous Dislike Vote....

Published September 7th, 2011

I'm sure most of you have gotten them. I'm sure most of you also initially felt the same way I felt. What the hell? Really, what gives? You're going to give one of my photos a dislike but not give any critque? How about at least a snide remark so I can view your impressive body of work. I want to see what gives you such a sense of superiority. What compells you to go around knocking down ratings at will.

That initial feeling for me generally subsided into something like "You poor little troll living in your wet blanket of insecurity. I considered loathing you but now pitty you." That however, isn't much better. Go ahead and Dislike at will. I'm not here to make a name for myself. I'm not here to sell photos. I'm here to view the work of photographers that I can say without trepidation are far better than me. I will look in awe and appreciation. I will learn through observation. I will appreciate the knowledge based critiques I may get from those I admire. I will not, ever, give a vote ...

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Lesson Learned. Rented a Nikon D700...

Published August 7th, 2011

I realize this by itself is a ridiculous statement. I could make the same list as you, covering the technical advantages of the D700 over the D90. There is no doubt in my mind that I can find 100's of photos here and on other photo sharing sites, taken with the D700 that blow away anything I've ever done with my D90. So let me add a little perspective to the title. I rented the D700 for ONE DAY. Why my D90 is better FOR ME RIGHT NOW.

I've had my D90 for about 2 years. I know the camera well. I know, without looking where buttons are. I know what settings I change for different situations and can probably make those changes without looking at my camera if I had to. Looking at a scene or subject, I can visualize the zoom range of each one of my lens as if I were looking through the view finder. I know the technical limitations of my D90. I can see in my head the amount of noise I'll introduce with each increase in ISO. There are no surprises left for me with my D90.

I rented the D700 b ...

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Less Reading More Shooting

Published July 29th, 2011

Every once in a while I need to be reminded that the best method for learning is to shoot. I'm an information junkie. I like to know everything about something that interests me. In this world of "information at our finger tips", it's too easy to get caught up pouring through pages of tutorials, techniques and product reviews (stay away from that last one, new gear won't make you better). While the knowledge you find might make you aware of something you didn't already know, if you don't go out and execute, what's the point. So I'm committing myself to shooting something everyday. Consciously spending more time shooting than I do reading. I don't want to just press the shutter release for the sake of taking a photo however. I want to learn from each photo I make. I want to learn to tell a story with a photo. You can't do that if you're sending more time in front of a computer than behind a camera. So now I gotta go. I've spent 30 mins here today looking at photos and reading blog posts ...

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The Best Camera Bag Ever.....

Published July 18th, 2011

....has to be the Bigfoot of the photography world. Everyone believes it's out there and people are looking for it but no one has actually found it. There are rumored sightings and questionable evidence suggesting it's discovery but nothing solid.

I was one of the hunters for a couple of years. Tamrac, Crumpler, Domke, Kata, Lowepro and on and on. It took a while but I realized Bigfoot doesn't exist, at least in the world of camera bags. The bag I need (want is maybe more appropriate) today may not be the bag I need tomorrow. If I'm going out of town for a month and want all my gear with me, the Kata 3in1 30 is great. If I'm going to be out doing some street photography and riding the "El" all day in Chicago, I don't want to lug around a small suitcase on my back. I also don't want something that screams CAMERA BAG! on the "El".

I've found a state of enlightenment. I now realize that the best camera bag ever is actually a combination of 3 to 4 bags that I can pack for what that day ...

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I'm done buying stuff

Published July 12th, 2011

If I can't make good photos with what I have now, I'll never be able to make good photos. Early on I got caught up in the "buy gear, be a better photographer" hoopla. If I could start over, I'd have used that D50 with 50 1.8 until it didnt work anymore and focus on reading and looking at photographs and shooting, shooting, shooting. Im past that. I have some decent gear now and that's nice but I spent way to much money before I had any understanding of how to "make a photo". My gear was "taking photos" and I had no idea why some were good and some were bad.

It took a while but I learned, like plenty before me, that no amount of gear can make up for a gross lack of knowledge and some God given talent. My pledge is to not buy a new piece of equipment unless 1) It's a direct replacement for something lost, stolen or broken or 2) Some how I started making a little money doing this, and the money from it allows me to purchase something needed to make more money.

If that never happens, I'l ...

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