Getting better in photography can be achieved in a reduced amount of time thanks to some useful practices. Some of these are engaging in critique with the photographic community, practising daily, and a less well known one, consuming high quality visual content. Today, I want to focus on this lesser known practice that we can all do in a smart way in order to develop our photography further.

Deciding whether a photograph has a good quality level or not could be perceived as a very subjective endeavour, and I’m very much aware of that. At a singular level, one could…


After photography was born in the 19th century, image production capabilities slowly became more and more available for the people. These slow but promising steps eventually ended up in a visual juggernaut we can’t escape nowadays. For some people this is bad, for some others this is good. No matter your side on this, one thing is certain, we are now able to see the world via countless ways, making it somewhat hard for people to get impressed with photos any longer. That is why we truly believe that it is important to slow down our pace, and dedicate a…


Portrait of Evelyn Hofer, 1951

Evelyn Hofer was born in Germany (1922) and died in Mexico (2009), and was all-in about photography. Her body of work offers a hinge between the objective and American-Colour traditions; and has been accurately titled as “the most famous unknown photographer in America”. Her lens was mainly filled with human and architectural subjects, and in her later years,she turned her camera towards still-life images. But despite the somewhat isolated photographic genres she got involved with, her overall aesthetic shares a resonant tranquillity that offers a slow paced visual consumption experience.

At the age of eleven, her family fled Nazi Germany…


Photography related books become a natural must for anyone with a deep love for this craft. And as time goes by, and bookshelves start flooding out, these sorts of things need to be revised at some point. Today I want to share with you 11 photography related books that I think any photographer (no matter the experience) needs to read at least once.

Here you’ll find different topics around photography, from a very concise manual on black and photography (my bible perhaps), to some books about how certain photos where actually made. …


Skipping panchromatic film, which truly delivers black and white photographs, every digital black and white image out there has been post-produced via software. Therefore, every black and white photograph made through a digital format, is nothing more than a post-production that has been made after pulling the raw files an SD card.

Unless you own one of these bad boys, you aren’t really shooting black and white digital photography. Even Fujifilm’s film simulations aren’t pure monochrome renditions of reality since their sensors are not monochrome engineered. …


Photo by Mitchell Hollander

Upgrading gear is always a seductive action, but you need to do it with purpose unless you want to get broke in a week. Oh but that seems just like what camera companies want us to do right?

The best way there is for building the mindset that camera manufacturers don’t want you to have is to understand cameras and lenses as the beautiful tools they are. From there on, you’ll always make wise choices when it comes to upgrading or changing gear. …


Photography is usually seen as a hobby more than a discipline, and perhaps the major reason behind this is because it s a highly flexible thing to practice. It doesn’t really matter if you do it for money or for pleasure as long as you do it in a passionate way.

I remember taking up photography exactly in 2009 after a high creative necessity. I was studying Management (which I finished) but there was something ticking me, I needed to create stuff. I tried drawing, I sucked; I also tried making music, but it wasn’t quite my thing. Finally I…


Upon the question “is photography art?” I have to say that no, it isn’t. It is a discipline that can be mastered by passionate people in order to produce art, but it is not art by itself. Paraphrasing Mr. Harold Feinstein’s fine words on the very same topic, we can have a beautifully crafted paintbrush and make some hideous stuff with it. Also someone painting a house can do an excellent job with a rough brush due to the applied technique.

Another example that I like to give to my students is that anyone can use a pen, but a…


Image by Paul A. Hernandez

Film photography came to my life after knowing several of the nuts and bolts of digital photography, at least at a serious level. When I was a kid I remember going with my parents to the lab and waiting for a couple of days in order to actually see the photos. I also remember their warnings (mostly yellings) about being careful of not leaving any fingerprint in the photos, so I always handled them with extreme care.

Even when living in the digital imagery age, film photography can still give us a lot of valuable experiences. …


Beyond making authors’ work recognizable, style is one of the most valuable assets any photographer can build. From a very personal standpoint, I think of style as a whole world which can be seen from a diverse range of perspectives. As a photography educator, it is beautiful to see how style starts to develop on my students. From the curatorial side of the game, it is extremely satisfying to see a photograph and say “that shot looks somewhat familiar, it reminds me of…” and yup, the name that I’m thinking of is sometimes the correct one. …

Federico Alegría

Scholar & Writer on Photography | PhD Student | Photographic Guidance https://federicoalegria.com/guidance

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