Behind the Blossoms
Photo: Flickr / Joseph Gruber

I’ve been reading a lot lately about all of the conflicts taking place around the world at the iconic photo spots. Arches National Park, the Taj Mahal, and the Bean in Chicago come to mind. There are even a few YouTube videos out there showing photographers jockeying for position, screaming obscenities at each other, and at times getting into physical confrontations. Why is this happening?

Why is it so important to photograph the same landscape or icon that has literally been photographed millions of times already? This is nothing more than photographic trophy hunting. It’s one thing to grab a quick snapshot as a memory that you did indeed visit some place special.… More

Photography forums are a great place to hang out

I am a member of many photography forums, but don’t spend nearly as much time as I would like looking through them. I try to set aside a couple hours each week to visit the forums, but it’s easy to skip. Especially during the summer months when there are other things going on.

Despite my failures, I highly encourage all hobbyist and enthusiast photographers to join and get involved with photo forums. Especially in the evenings and during those cold winter months when you don’t really feel like going out to make photos anyway.… More