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August 21, 2014

Seeing the Rule of Thirds

As a photographer and a photography teacher, I understand the importance of the Rule of Thirds in composing images, but I don’t often see it played out in videography.

www.fanpop.comIf you’re looking for a fascinating example of artistic filming, I highly recommend Agatha Christie’s series on Hercule Poirot.  You may or may not be a fan of vintage British mysteries, but take the time to watch one of these 70 episodes and just concentrate on the artistic composition.  Over and over again, you’ll find the Rule of Thirds in action, symmetry, lines, interesting angles, and many things that apply to great photography as well as compelling video work!

To get a quick glimpse of a sample, visit this site and watch the first clip for Episode 1. 

You can see the full-length videos through Netflix.com, your local library, or online at

This is a great way to develop your photographer’s eye!

December 5, 2013

By Beverly Richards Schulz

The Internet is full of information, but the trick is to find what you want to know!  Google and other search engines are great at locating topics, but sometimes it helps to have a few go-websites that you rely on for up-to-date photography information.

Here are some of my favorites.

  • Steves-digicams.com – Steve has been online since the early days of digital photography and he's a great source for all kinds of information about digital cameras.  Check out his "Best Cameras" reviews—he breaks them down in different categories and prices so you can find what's best for you.
  • DPCorner.com – Arthur Bleich provides in-depth information on digital photography as well as hosting his cruise workshops for photographers through this site.
  • DPReview.com – This is an excellent site for up-to-date information, digital photography news, as well as reviews.  What I like best here is their unique side-by-side comparison site that compares cameras feature-by-feature.  This is a big help when you're narrowing down your choice to a few cameras.
  • NYIP.edu – The New York Institute of Photography built its reputation during the days of film photography, but stepped right up to the world of digital work.  They offer self-paced in-depth correspondence courses for professional photographers.
  • Thirdstop.com – If you're a little baffled by manual exposure settings (and aren't we all at some point!) check out this Exposure Calculator for photographers.  It's a small sliding ruler to keep in your camera bag and get you started in lots of different situations.
  • Shutterfly.com – Shutterfly has been a leader in online photofinishing for many years.  They offer prints, photobooks, and many gift items using your photos.  Great products at great prices!
  • Mixbook.com – Mixbook is another online photofinisher with a high-end selection of templates and styles for digital scrapbookers and online photofinishing.
  • Simplycolorlab.com – Interested in creating beautiful canvas prints?  These are the pros!  Don't settle for low quality imitations—spend some time on their site and explore the options.  They do a variety of large and custom sizes.
  • Mpix.com – Taking a professional film printer into the digital world is no easy task, but Millers (a favorite for film printers) welcomed the digital world and brought their high-end expertise to digital professionals. 



November 26, 2013

Give a Gift of a Photography Class for the Holidays

By Beverly Richards Schulz

The holiday shopping season is here and what better gift is there than learning something new? Cameras makes great gifts!  But don't stop there—include an online photography class! I teach classes for beginners, experienced photographers, and new and advanced digital editors.

Discover Digital Photography is a great introductory course that teaches the basics of digital photography, including equipment, software and practical uses.

Secrets of Better Photography teaches you how to take better pictures by understanding your camera’s settings and features. This class is ideal for anyone with a new camera! 

Travel Photography for the Digital Photographer highlights photography success when you're on the road. This makes a great gift for travelers!

See all our classes at www.BevSchulz.com.


November 19, 2013

My Favorite Photographers

By Beverly Richards Schulz

Ansel Adams – Nature Photographer & Conservationist

Ansel Adams was an advocate for the American West, particularly Yosemite National Park, using his work to promote the conservation of wilderness area. His signature black-and-white landscape photographs inspired an appreciation for natural beauty and environmentalism.


“I hope that my work will encourage self expression in others and stimulate the search for beauty and creative excitement in the great world around us.””—Ansel Adams


Galen Rowell – Wilderness & Landscape Photographer

Galen Rowell started photographing his trips in the wilderness as a way to share his experiences with friends and family. In less than a year after becoming a full-time photographer, he did a cover story for National Geographic Magazine. Rowell then went on to publish 18 books on mountaineering and photography and made over 35 journeys around the world to produce wilderness photographs for some of the top magazines in the country before his untimely death in 2002.

I almost never set out to photograph a landscape, nor do I think of my camera as a means of recording a mountain or an animal unless I absolutely need a 'record shot'. My first thought is always of light.” -?Galen Rowell


Arthur Bleich – Cruise Photographer

A professional photographer, teacher and writer, Arthur Bleich has conducted digital photography workshop cruises for more than ten years.  He has captured thousands of images in the polar regions of the Arctic and Antarctic and is one of very few photographers to win a national award for his documented Antarctic exploration.

"All great images contain similar elements that lift them above the rest. Unless photographers recognize these elements and know how to incorporate them into their own work, they might as well be shooting blindfolded."– Arthur Bleich


October 10, 2013

What software program works best for digital scrapbooking?

By Beverly Richards Schulz

Digital scrapbooking can be done so many ways!  There are a number of excellent programs you can use to create scrapbook pages, but if you're looking for one that's affordable, yet rich with the features that scrapbookers love, you might consider Adobe Photoshop Elements.


I created this image in a filmstrip with a reflection in Photoshop Elements.  You choose your own size, your own images, and your own colors to match perfectly with your unique pages.

Adobe designed this program with photographers in mind and you'll be able to crop, edit, and enrich your photos.  But that's not all!  Photoshop Elements lets you build pages to your specifications in any size you like.  You might want a small 5 x 5-inch scrapbook, or a big 12 x 12 inch coffee table book, or even the new 11 x 14 book size offered by Shutterfly. You can upload your images and use an online program (like Shutterfly, Mixbook, or Snapfish) to design the book or you can complete the pages in Photoshop Elements with all your own touches and then upload the finished pages to have a professional book printed.

If you are interested in learning more about digital scrapbooking, I offer a class Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking that teaches beginners how to build collages and scrapbooks using Photoshop Elements 11, 12, or 13. (Photoshop Elements 14 users are welcome as well, but you may need to make some slight modifications.)