• Photography

    Switching Gear

    Dear Bubbles: You were a full-frame Canon shooter, and you’ve moved to Olympus (OMD EM1 Mark II, I believe?). What do you like about your Olympus micro-four-thirds gear for landscape photography, and what do you feel you’ve given up leaving…

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    May I Have Your Attention Please

    Dear Bubbles: Why can I never finish what I start? Especially when I sign up for online classes and books and courses. Is it fear? And how can I motivate myself to finish something I start? ~Laurie Dear Laurie: I…

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    Self-Publishing a Book

    Dear Bubbles: Now that I find myself with extra free time these days, I’m considering putting together a book with my photographs and thoughts. I’d want to sell it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. But I’ve never done anything…

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    Another Dose of Depth of Field

    Dear Bubbles: Could you please explain this depth of field and hyperfocal business to me ONE more time? Thank you! ~Still Don’t Get It Dear Still Don’t Get It: An abundance of unscientific evidence has proven that in order for…

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    Get Your Ikigai On

    Dear Bubbles: Have you found your ikigai, and if so, what is it? ~ Gene  Dear Gene: Have I found my what? Was that a sneeze? Gesundheit, in case it was. I have to admit, I had never heard of…

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    Histogram is Out of Shape

    Dear Bubbles: I shoot in JPEG format. I’ve heard that my histogram should look like a bell curve. I can never get it to look like that. What am I doing wrong? ~Feeling Exposed Dear Feeling Exposed: I’m glad you’re…

  • Life,  Photography

    Celebrating Lucky Number 13

    Dear Bubbles: Congratulations! It’s been 13 years since you’ve left the corporate world to become a freelancing entrepreneur. How have things changed for you since then? What lessons have you learned about photography and life since leaving Intel? ~Mom and…

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    Bubble Wrap

    Dear Bubbles: When I wrap my framed prints for shipping, which way does the bubble wrap go? Bubbles in or out? ~Al Dear Al: This question reminds me of another question: “Should the toilet paper go over or under the…

  • Life,  Photography

    Keeping it Fresh

    Dear Bubbles: I feel stuck. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to and photograph many beautiful places, but lately, when I visit a spot, I just don’t feel inspired to take any photographs. Is there something wrong with me? What…

  • Life

    Going Solo

    Dear Bubbles: I’m interested in learning how to travel by myself. I’m getting older, and there are places I want to see and photograph. I’m just tired of waiting for other people to go with me. I’m running out of…

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    If No One Saw Your Photos

    Dear Bubbles: I just finished watching the “Finding Vivian Maier” documentary per your recommendation. Very good. But now I’m wondering, if no one ever saw YOUR photographs, would you still photograph? ~Sam Dear Sam: Wasn’t that a fun story? For…

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    It Takes Two

    Dear Bubbles: I recently heard about the “photo celibacy” approach at a recent conference. When trying to find your photographic voice or vision, how can cutting yourself off from studying other photographers help you develop your voice? Or expand it?…

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    The Art of Not Sucking

    Dear Bubbles: Why do I suck so bad at photography and how can I get better today? ~Robert Dear Robert: I appreciate your enthusiasm to improve your photographic skills. But first, we have to address the sucking… I don’t know…

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    Graduating to Grad ND’s

    Dear Bubbles: You listed “graduated neutral-density filters” on your workshop’s recommended gear list. I’ve never heard of them before. What are they and what do they do? Do I really need them? ~A Filter Virgin Dear A Filter Virgin: Well,…

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    Live Your Dreams Now

    Dear Bubbles: Are you a photographer who writes, or a writer who photographs? ~Cindy Dear Cindy: The short answer? Yes. The longer answer: I’m a photographer and a writer. I’m also an instructor, publisher, speaker, author, editor, graphic designer, columnist,…

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    Developing Your Style

    Dear Bubbles: All the workshop gurus and self help photography courses advise me to “develop my photographic style.” I don’t know what my style is. How can I develop it? ~ Bothered, Bewildered, and Confused Dear Bothered, Bewildered, and Confused:…

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    Playing Favorites

    Dear Bubbles: It’s your brother. Which of your photographs is your favorite and why? Is it your favorite because of the adventure you had, your camera equipment and settings at the time, the location, the people you were with, or…

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    Modus Operandi

    Dear Bubbles: I have a problem with learning aperture and shutter speed. I read about it, think I’ve got it, but when I go to use it I can’t remember which is which or what I’m supposed to do. So,…