• Photography

    Seeing the Light

    Dear Bubbles, How do you see contrast? ~Muhammad Dear Muhammad, Verrrrrry carrrrrrrefully! The very word “photography” derives from the Greek words “phos” (light) and “graphis” (paint) which together means “to paint with light.” Without light, a photograph does not exist.…

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    Adjusting for the Blues

    Dear Bubbles: Do you go out to photograph if you’re down or depressed? Does it change your perspective? ~G Dear G: I’m grateful for all the questions submitted to Dear Bubbles, but I’m especially thankful to you for bringing up…

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    Getting In Your Head

    Dear Bubbles, What goes through your head when you make a photograph? Adam Dear Adam, Why, this has to be the scariest question we’ve ever had on Dear Bubbles! To help answer your question, I started paying closer attention to…

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    All About ME (Multiple Exposures)

    Dear Bubbles, How do you do multiple exposures? ~Barbara Dear Barbara, I remember learning about multiple exposures almost 20 years ago. I stood at my kitchen table anxiously unwrapping the package containing my latest roll of film. I had expected…

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    Going on a Sandimental Journey

    Dear Bubbles: Any trouble keeping sand from ruining expensive equipment? Paul Dear Paul: On the third afternoon of my recent Death Valley Sheography workshop this past January, a massive windstorm rolled through the basin. Clouds of sand swirled in every…

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    Once a Beginner, Stay a Beginner

    Dear Bubbles: You’ve been at this photography thing for a while. What advice would you give to beginners? ~Just Started, But Excited! Dear Just Started, But Excited! Congratulations on your new start! Welcome to the wonderful world of photography, where…

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    Bring It All

    Dear Bubbles: What lens should I bring to [insert any location]? ~Every photographer at one point in their life Dear Every photographer at one point in their life, Easy! You should absolutely bring the lens that most closely resembles the…

  • Life,  Photography

    The Power of Possibilities

    Dear Bubbles, You’ve been writing this column for two years now. What one question do you wish someone would had asked but hasn’t yet? ~A Curious Cat Dear A Curious Cat: Has it really been two years already?! Thanks for…

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    Entering the Third Dimension

    Dear Bubbles: Even though I’ve been in classes of all sorts, and I’ve been taught the things, I’m still not getting the great depth in my images that I see in yours. I know about foreground, midground, and background, but…

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    Shedding Light on Dark Frames

    Dear Bubbles: Something weird is going on with my camera. Sometimes, but not always, after I shoot an exposure, I get a message on my screen saying my camera is “processing.” What is being processed? And why does it take…

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    Protecting Your Lens

    Dear Bubbles, Do I really need to buy a UV filter? If so, should I keep it on my lens all the time? When using other my filters, too? Thanks, ~Marie Dear Marie, Marie, dahling, listen: you don’t have to…

  • Life,  Photography

    Better Shot Than Mine

    Dear Bubbles: I have angst when I am taking a picture. I am always afraid other photographers see things I don’t or they have discovered a better spot than me. When I went to Grand Teton National Park, I wanted…

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    Realistic Expectations

    Dear Bubbles: Congratulations on your recent photography exhibit. I noticed powerlines on the ridgeline in one of the photographs (the one with the rainbow from the Green River). I hope you won’t be offended by me asking, but why didn’t…

  • Sunburst in Bears Ears
    Photography

    Bracketing: When One isn’t Enough

    Dear Bubbles: Do you bracket your exposures? Should I be bracketing? ~Confused  Dear Confused: The answer to both questions—as with most questions related to photography—is, it depends. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “bracket” as “to take photographs of at more than…

  • Life,  Photography

    Picture Your Picture

      Dear Bubbles: I think that much of my issues is that I don’t shoot enough. Since it’s not my job right now and there’s a lot of life interference, I think that I spend a lot of time re-learning…

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    Keep it in the Field

      Dear Bubbles, I assume you take thousands of images. How do you decide which ones to keep and which ones to delete? ~Ed Dear Ed: You know how I like data, so I ran some numbers. In 2020, I…

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    Getting it White

    Dear Bubbles: I tried to photograph snow for the first time last week but all my pictures came back too dark. I was able to lighten them in Lightroom, but I’m wondering if something is wrong with my camera? Do…

  • Life

    Happy Birthday, Dear Bubbles!

    Hi everyone! Wait, where’s the question, you might be asking? Well, we’re taking a break to celebrate a momentous occasion: Dear Bubbles turns one years old today! That’s right! It’s been twelve months and 100,766 words in 52 columns on…

  • Life

    When Nature Calls

    Dear Bubbles: You’ve now told us how to stay safe in the backcountry. Great. But what do we do when we get there and we have to go to the bathroom? ~Backed Up Dear Backed Up: I’ll admit, before I…

  • Life,  Photography

    Putting it into Words

    Dear Bubbles: In many of your presentations, you mention how you often title a photograph before you hit the shutter button. For someone who is quite literal, if this was a requirement, I would have zero images in my portfolio.…