Random Sights and Diversions

Photography Media Reviews Commentary


P, M, A, and S

P, M, A, and S are, of course, the four main exposure control modes of the modern digital camera: Programmed/Auto (P), Manual (M), Aperture Priority (A), and Shutter Priority (S).

I have felt for some time that those purists who argue a “true” photographer should only use full manual exposure are mistaken. There are good times to use all four. Note that I specifically do not include full automatic or any of the scene modes that come on some cameras. But the four basic ones – P, M, A, and S – should provide a good repertoire of exposure control methods for the sophisticated photographer, and I recommend that one be knowledgeable about and comfortable using all four.

An excellent series of articles has begun at the Digital Photography School – Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority: Exposure Lesson #1. This lesson provides a great survey of the uses of each aperture and shutter priority modes, and some great exercises to practice these and see how they can be useful tools for the photographer in a variety of shooting situations. Highly recommended.


Updated Blogroll – Recommended Sites

I have updated the Random Sights blogroll, and I offer for your pleasure recommendations for some cool sites I have been following lately.

If you are interested in street photography, check out the recent work of Abu Zar at Visual Journey, where there is some really nice work, along with landscapes, travel, and other photography.  For some awesome travel writing and photography, see A Traveller’s Tale, Jesse Ponce’s (who goes by the name Shutterbug) site. Also see Marina Chetner’s site for great travel writing and photography. Don’t miss Marina’s visit to the Cloisters in New York City or her current series of posts from Southern California. Marina’s writing and images are really lovely.  And if wildlife is what you’re about, you can’t miss by checking out the Photo Nature Blog of Jeffrey Foltice.

A blog I’ve recently discovered that offers travel writing, outdoors photography, landscapes, and photoessays from Romania is Bogdan.DPhotography. You have to experience this writing. For landscapes of the southwest, see Jim Caffrey’s site, Jim Caffrey Images.  This is serious competition for my southwestern images – Jim is really good!  If you like landscape painting and photography with a painterly look about it, see Diana J Hale’s site. Her paintings and photographs of the River Thames are just awesome – dreamy, fluid, inviting, inspiring. Finally, SKEdazzles brings some great photography along with travel writing and inspirational messages. This is another recent discovery, and it’s a really nice site.

I find following these and other sites to be so inspirational. There’s so much great writing and photography being done! Enjoy!


Great Travel Photography Resources from Light Stalking

Source: www.lightstalking.comMany of the people with blogs I’ve been following or who are following me are specializing in travel photography. There’s a good collection of →resources for travel photographers posted recently at one of my favorite sites, Light Stalking. These are 16 “unmissable travel photography resources.” The links include articles on travel photography; some extra special blogs on travel photography; and a collection of resources and contests for travel photographers. It’s a great list.  Find it →here.


94 Photography Links that Rock (Reblog)

Rodeo Beach Sunset, photo by the_tahoe_guy, on Flickr.

Reblogged from →LightStalking.

For a truly awesome collection of links to photo sites – tutorials, photo galleries, and some great blogs, go to Light Stalking and check out the post,
→94 Photography Links that Rock.
And bookmark →Light Stalking – Great photo community.


Great Photo Blogs, Sites, and Apps

Two great photo gallery sites, both leaning towards photojournalism, are available as Apps for iPad and other mobile devices – Reuters Pictures and the Life Magazine Your World in Pictures. Both are updated daily or more. Reuters Pictures includes daily Editor’s Choice and other topical galleries, all on current events and topics of the day. The Life Magazine photo collections include up-to-date galleries, but also offer collections that draw extensively from many years of Life Magazine’s extensive and treasured news photo archive. Both photo sites are also fully accessible from web sites.

Reuters News Pictures on the web –  http://www.reuters.com/news/pictures

Life Magazine Your World in Pictures – http://www.life.com/

Recently, Life published their collection of the best Photo Blogs. While the collection includes a number of sites published by major high-circulation consumer publications – which lean towards photojournalism – there is also a wide variety of other great photo blogs. I haven’t found a single one that I don’t want to spend hours exploring and keep coming back to.

Life.com’s 2011 Photo Blog Awards

BagNews Notes – http://www.bagnewsnotes.com/notes/

The Picture Show – http://www.npr.org/blogs/pictureshow/

Lens (from The New York Times) – http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/

Pictory Blog – http://blog.pictorymag.com/

La Lettre de la Photographie – http://www.lalettredelaphotographie.com/

The Sartorialist – http://thesartorialist.blogspot.com/

LightBox (from Time Magazine) – http://lightbox.time.com/

What’s the Jackanory? – http://www.whatsthejackanory.com/

500 Photographers – http://500photographers.blogspot.com/

Photojojo’s Tumblr – http://tumblr.photojojo.com/

American Suburb X – http://www.americansuburbx.com/

PDN Photo of the Day – http://www.pdnphotooftheday.com/

Prison Photography – http://prisonphotography.wordpress.com/

Joe McNally’s Blog – http://www.joemcnally.com/blog/

A Photo Editor – http://www.aphotoeditor.com/

In Focus (from The Atlantic) – http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/

burn – http://www.burnmagazine.org/

Conscientious – http://www.jmcolberg.com/weblog/

aCurator – http://acurator.com/blog/

Feature Shoot – http://www.featureshoot.com/

Happy browsing!


Michelle Lunato Photography

Finding the Art in Ordinary

Chasing Life and Finding Dreams

The path to me: past, present, future and imaginery


Landscape and Still Life Photography By Benjamin Rowe


Mostly photographs with some words by this arty scientist...

Learning to See Light

Photographing New Zealand and telling the world about it

J.T. Avery Photography

Landscape Photography & Photographic Art


Throwing out some shapes

monochrome moments

a view through a black and white window

The Bouquet

A collection of beautiful things and thoughts

Photo Nature Blog

Nature Photography by Jeffrey Foltice

Captivate Me

... finding the magic in everyday


hedy bach photography mixed stories and music

Etcetera Etcetera Etcetera

... about nothing in particular, because "Candid photography is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get". Photography by Lignum Draco, "The Wood Dragon" since 2013.

Random Sights and Diversions

Photography Media Reviews Commentary

Helpful Scribbles

Thoughts on apps, gadgets, and other things that are helpful.


amy saab ~life as i see it.


A collection of art, poetry and photography

Broken Light: A Photography Collective

We are photographers living with or affected by mental illness; supporting each other one photograph at a time. Join our community, submit today!

In Flow

Creativity is within us all

The Daily Post

The Art and Craft of Blogging


Old School 35mm Film Hack

Talking to the Clouds

poetry, photography, and life according to me

SWCT/NY Weather

Connecticut and New York Regional Weather Updates from Jacob Meisel

The obvious and hidden

Fine art photography

Clouds of Colour

The creative journey of Bec Brown


art and practice

The Quotidian Diary

The beauty and quirk of the everyday, common and mundane

Gwen Hernandez

Author of romantic suspense. Scrivener expert.

a north east ohio garden

an ongoing experiment in the dirt, 35 plus years

Bopbie's Photos

Photos I take (at least the ones I like).

Sterling Starling Creations

Showcase of Color and Perspective

rona black photography

occasional visual essays


This WordPress.com site is for sharing my photography.


photography - Belgium - @janpoolvos

leaf and twig

where observation and imagination meet nature in poetry

WordPress.com News

The latest news on WordPress.com and the WordPress community.

A Word in Your Ear

Stories and Photographs of my travels, Tales of friends, family, animals and my life

My Days in Focus

A photographic journal by Dan Miller

Dan Jurak's Alberta Landscape Photo Blog

Musings on photographing the Alberta landscape.


a torrent of photos/a drip of words


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 509 other followers

%d bloggers like this: