• Photography

    Help-U Haiku

    Dear Bubbles, Rumor has it you have your workshop participants write haiku’s. Is this true? If so, could you tell me how doing this would help my photography? ~Intrigued Dear Intrigued: A haiku in response: My cover is blown! Words…

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    Get a Move On

    Dear Bubbles: I’m a little embarrassed to ask, but here goes anyway: how do you get the water to look so soft in your pictures? ~Inquiring Minds Want to Know Dear Inquiring Minds Want to Know: First off, under no…

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    Taking Control

    Dear Bubbles: I shoot all of my landscape photos on Av mode. I saw a meme on Facebook recently that said, “Everyone’s a photographer until Manual.” How do you feel about this? I’m not sure I’m ready to go to…

  • Life

    Something Different

    Dear Bubbles: I love Dear Bubbles. It’s always so thoughtful and thorough. But I have to ask (in jest): are you capable of writing anything short? ~Can’t Keep Up Dear Can’t Keep Up, Yes. Be well, be wild, ~Bubbles Have…

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    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…

  • Life,  Photography

    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,…

  • Life

    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:…