“ Beauty can be seen in…

“ Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph”. – Matt Hardy

I snatched this quote from a post over at Digital Photography School. I’m not one for the whole snapshot vs. photograph debate but I do believe that, as a photographer, we are blessed with a task of showing the beauty of all things that others may not see. How do you open your eyes to the beauty around you? Let’s discuss it in the comments below.


New Class: Photo Design

Hey Light Scribers,

Sorry for the lack of posts lately; family matters and being under the weather have kept my digital pen at bay. In any case, I wanted to fill you in on a new class I started at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Photographic Design! I’ll be further developing my compositional skills while also working on other elements of visual artistry such as design principles (color, form, line) as well as color theory. Below is an image I used as part of my submission for an assignment. We were to focus on the basics of composition and design.

Project 7 Gum_Web

This is an image of the inside of a Project 7 Save the Earth  gum container (Which just so happens to plant one fruit tree for every container of gum sold!) … Sorry, I’ve chewed most of  it already. 🙂 For me, this image showcases proper use of the rule of thirds, motion, implied line and form. I’d be delighted to know what you think of the image; please feel free to chime in by commenting below.

Sustainable Greene Magazine Class Project

For our final project in Digital Image Illustration we were to create a magazine cover for the fictitious publication Sustainable Greene. Our design called for:

  • An 8.5×11 in. document.
  • A composite of no less than six original images; no stock images were permitted.
  • Some element in the cover had to be in black and white.
  • There had to be text elements such as the publication’s name, a tag line, etc.
  • The resulting cover had to have a surreal look to it.

The cover you see below isn’t the actual one I submitted but it meets the above requirements. Let me know what you think!

Sustainable Greene PS Project_Final

© 2012 Michael Stagg

This is an excellent post if you’re interested in selecting the best camera. I agree that you need to first know WHY you need the camera and its intended purpose before going out to purchase one. it will say you a ton of money in the long run. Enjoy!

Photofocus (old site)

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: This post is an updated compilation of several shorter posts I wrote in the past trying to answer the question, “What camera should I buy?”

It’s still the most popular question I am asked. “What camera should I buy?” Lately there’s a new twist to the question…”Is this brand camera better than that brand camera?”

No matter how hard I try to tell people that there’s no perfect answer, they keep asking. So since I can’t convince anyone otherwise, at least know the answers to THESE questions before you ask me YOUR question.

1 ) What subject(s) will you photograph most often? Weddings, portraits, wildlife, sports, landscapes, still lifes, food, fashion, etc.
2 ) What gear (if any) do you now own?
3 ) If you had to choose between ease of use and power, which would you select?
4 ) Do you want a compact pocket-sized camera…

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