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May 5

What do YOU want from a photo education site?????


Edited: May 17


Hi everyone! We're so glad you've decided to join our community. Here at Shuttermonkeys, we believe that education needs to be a two-way street to be effective. So, we'd like to kick things off with a question for you: What would YOU like to see us do with this photo education site? We're hoping to tailor our approach and products to meet the needs of our followers and customer, so what better way to find out what you want than by asking you! Please register for the forum, and leave a comment below to let us know what you'd like to see us do. Thanks!


Hi, love all the amazing photos and the destinations are all on our bucket lists I am sure. My problem with this type of photography is that they don't apply to the many of us who never have these opportunities to travel extensively, visit canyons with high end cameras and lenses or tramp in the snow in minus degrees. It is nice to know that there is a site we can use if this ever happens to us, but what about photography for those who stay at home and have to make the most of everyday situations? Making the mundane into something extraordinary, i.e. your local street, how to make it different or exciting. I understand the techniques used in your photographs are probably the same as we would use in our local areas but our subject matter is far less interesting and therefore the results are a lot more disappointing. It is wonderful to look at photographs we could only ever dream of but for the everyday photographer it is not very relevant. I am an intermediate photographer, and love my hobby, but viewing the videos fills me with awe, frustration and envy (in equal quantities) but does little to help me on my journey.

Hi Jane, thanks for joining us! This is a question I often get when giving presentations at photo conferences & events. In my opinion, every place presents its own unique challenges to the photographer. Beautiful places can be just as difficult to effectively photograph as mundane locations. I spend a lot of time photographing both types of locations, and you are correct, the same core techniques can apply to both. I think you ask a very good question here, one that I will probably try to address in a future article or video on the site. In the meantime, might I suggest two resources here on the site that you might find helpful? First is our new People and Places forum, which is dedicated primarily to travel and street photography: https://www.shuttermonkeys.com/forum/people-places Second, I wrote an ebook about street photography that you might want to consider taking a look at, it contains a deep discussion about exactly the things you are asking about: https://www.shuttermonkeys.com/product-page/taking-it-to-the-streets-the-art-of-street-photography

I am hoping for a site where creativity is valued and encouraged. I hope that people will share their tip, tricks, and techniques. It should be a place to share our philosophybrid of creative photography without fear of being judged. Each photographer has a slightly different or even a radically different set of values that hopefully everyone will respectfully consider without criticism.

Mostly I hope for a place to learn.

Hi Brian, thanks for joining us! These are our goals as well and we agree with you 100%. We'll be working hard to build this community and spread the word about what we are doing here!

Hi Brian, excellent points! And it's so true. When Ian and I travel together we often come away with different photos, despite being in the exact same place with the exact same conditions. This is what makes photography so special - it allows each person to imprint their own artistic vision onto their photos.

While I welcome all articles and videos on all aspects of photography, I would also like to see write-ups on landscape photography using inexpensive lenses and D-I-Y gadgets. I am sure there are many enthusiast photographers who, for whatever reason, cannot travel to exotic locations; hence I would also love to know your views on how to tackle this issue.

Thank you Rohinton and welcome to the Monkey Lounge! These are very good suggestions, thanks!

IMO, Taping into one's photographic vision is essential for gratifying images, at least for my own success. Understanding vision takes determination and failure to shape and to recognize what works and what doesn't. Vision is a personal perspective build on one's experience and values, a big topic but important.

Discussion around developing personal vision seems valid.

(congrats and thanks Ian for taking on this big project)

Thanks Zeph, I agree 100% and think this is a great idea, we will plan to talk a LOT about development of personal vision!

Sometimes, it's what you don't include in your view finder that help's define one's vision. Landscapes tend to be inclusive with wide and ultra wide perspectives, where as most other subjects tend to need to exclude distractions too define and tell your story. It is certainly harder but rewarding to fine stories in your local backyard, but the world is small as it is large and grandiose.

I'm a working pro for the Department of Defense, Army for over 30 years. Training was in the old school wet process. When the movement was made to go digital because I was working for the government and cost was not coming out of my pocket, I was there when digital photography started and man has it cone a long ways. Even though I made a living doing photography as a vocation, I have a passion for Landscape Photography on weekends. Most of my work is from the Missouri Ozark's, check out this 3 minute show: https://youtu.be/1UIrqLpYEmM


Hi Michael, thanks for joining us! And thanks for the link to the video, lovely photos!

This is a fantastic site and I am very happy that it was recommended in our camera club.

I love landscape photography, but lately I am drawn into photographing flowers and plants. I would love to learn more about the different techniques and helpful advice on photographing them. Attaching one of my recent photos.

Looking forward to all you have to share. Thank you!



Jun 12

Wow, what a gorgeous photo! I love the creative use of flare coming in from the top. This is very well done!

Jun 12

And thank you for joining our community. We're going to have to add a Flower/Macro category to the forum for photos like these . . . coming soon!

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