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Capturing Life: Strategies for Taking Better Photos from Henri Cartier-Bresson

Line Drawing by Jen Gallardo

Line Drawing by Jen Gallardo

Recently, I read an article published in the New York Times Lens photo blog containing excerpts of a 1971 interview conducted by Sheila Turner-Seed with legendary Magnum photography Henri Cartier-Bresson. The article struck me at how easily almost everything Cartier-Bresson said could be applied to photography today. Given his status as the father of modern photography, we can distill from his comments some clear strategies for taking better photos.

Lesson One: “you shouldn’t overshoot”

In the interview, Cartier-Bresson mentions that you shouldn’t overshoot. He acknowledges that when you shoot, there are plenty of “yes” moments and then some “maybes” but really, what he is saying is to be judicious. Take too many photos and you may miss the moment (your camera runs out of space and/or film). In our current digital age, take too many photos and you give yourself the headache of having to process over 400 photos! Continue reading

Three Ways to Improve your Nighttime Photography

It’s starting to get much darker way earlier here in New York. By the time 5pm rolls around, the sun has nearly completely set. Until the winter solstice, the days are going to keep getting shorter. If you like to make pictures, this means trouble. Unfortunately for us, our cameras don’t automatically adjust the way our eyes do. Thankfully, there are ways to get the camera to behave when the lights are low. Here are three pretty simple ways to improve your low light photography today.

Friday Night Details by Jen Gallardo

Friday Night Details by Jen Gallardo

1. Ditch flash

It sounds counterintuitive, but if you want to take better pictures in dark atmospheres you should avoid using the flash attached to your camera.

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Project 366: The End

It took us a while to finally post these, but here are the last two photos Anthony and I took in the year 2012. As always, this daily project was an adventure wrought with lots of challenges — but we managed to thrive. We are looking forward to challenging ourselves in new ways in 2013. Keep an eye out for our first group of photos from 2013 next week!

December 30, 2012

Santa's in a Tree by Jen Gallardo

Santa’s in a Tree by Jen Gallardo

Places I've Visited by Anthony J. Merced

Places I’ve Visited by Anthony J. Merced

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Project 366: Week 52

Christmas finally arrived this week and we spent much of the time eating, as you’ll see below! We also spent a lot of time playing with gifts we received and, of course, having a good time with family and friends as well. We hope your holiday was joyous and well-catered! As always, let us know which photos are your favorites in the comments area below this post.

December 23, 2012

Handmade Card by Jen Gallardo

Handmade Card by Jen Gallardo

Kid Toys by Anthony J. Merced

Kid Toys by Anthony J. Merced

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Project 366: Week 51

At this point, we reached the holiday home stretch! Christmas cards were mailed out, some gifts were exchanged and preparations were made for vacation time. Let us know which photos were your favorites in the comments below.

December 16, 2012

Waiting on a Train by Jen Gallardo

Waiting on a Train by Jen Gallardo

Across the Street by Anthony J. Merced

Across the Street by Anthony J. Merced

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Project 366: Week 50

We spent a lot of time this week picking up packages at the post office in preparation for the exchange of gifts at holiday parties throughout the following weeks. Hopefully your packages were all received in time! Let us know which photos you enjoyed most in the comments below.

December 9, 2012

Christmas Lights by Jen Gallardo

Christmas Lights by Jen Gallardo

Sleeping Santa by Anthony J. Merced

Sleeping Santa by Anthony J. Merced

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Project 366: Week 49

During this week, we celebrated Anthony’s birthday and began preparing for Christmas. We also began shooting a short film which we hope to share here at some point very soon in 2013. As always, let us know which photos are your favorites in the comments below!

December 2, 2012

Birthday Cheesecake by Jen Gallardo

Birthday Cheesecake by Jen Gallardo

Birthday Photo by Anthony J. Merced

Birthday Photo by Anthony J. Merced

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Project 366: Week 48

Tis the season and this week really showed it. Christmas trees, lights and decorations abound as everyone in the city is seemingly gearing up for the holidays. Take a look at our photos and let us know which holiday-themed photos are your favorites.

November 25, 2012

O Christmas Tree by Jen Gallardo

Hallway Light by Anthony J. Merced

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Project 366: Week 47

This week’s photos reminded us of all the things we are thankful for: good health, great family and the beautiful falling foliage around us. What are you grateful for? Let us know in the comments below.

November 18, 2012

Enlarging by Jen Gallardo

WB Music by Anthony J. Merced

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Project 366: Week 46

Winter is coming, but we’ve chosen to hang on to autumn as much as possible. This week’s photos are a mix of indoor shots when it has been cold outside and outdoor shot when it has been sunny and fairly warm. As always, let us know which shots are your favorites in the comments below.

November 11, 2012

Beautiful Blondie by Jen Gallardo

Morning Love by Anthony J. Merced

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