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  • Two Dimensional Abstracts

    That third dimension can be over-rated.  Sometimes leaving the dimension of depth completely out of an image create a very interesting abstraction. People give me a lot of odd looks while I’m staring at walls. It’s usually on a street in Italy and I have my camera aimed at the…

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    Third Dimension Over-Rated?

    Yes, that third dimension can be over-rated.  Sometimes eliminating the dimension of depth from an image creates an interesting abstraction, like the image here of a wall in Portofino. I get the oddest looks while I’m staring at walls… usually on a street in Italy and I have my camera…

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    Out of Darkness – How to Find Dramatic Light

    How to find dramatic light any day of the week “Look out of darkness, into the light”.  I know, it sounds like a metaphor about depression, but it’s not.  This is a simple formula for finding deeply dimensional photographs with dramatic light even on flat-light days. Climb into a dark hole…

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  • The Waiting Game

    Both the pigeon and I had to wait quite a while for an unsuspecting pedestrian.  We each had different motives, but I think we bonded a little during that 5 minutes or so. I’ve learned that in Italy, if you compose an interesting image and wait long enough, some great character…

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  • Cinque Terre and Portofino Coast Photo Workshop

    The coastal town of Camogli is the base for our Cinque Terre and Portofino Coast Photo Workshop because it’s the perfect blend of charming fishing village and great beach town. And best of all, it’s relatively undiscovered, so we get very local feeling here.  Italian photographer Luigi Barbano introduced me…

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  • Warning! Not a Typical Photo Tour

    We cringe to see well meaning photo tour companies trying to cover too much ground, too fast. Blasting through towns jammed with tourist and trinket shops is not our idea of a good time. Nor are three-hour bus rides and checking into a new hotel every other day. Over 17 years, Drake…

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  • Slow Down the Photo Tour

    I have to cringe when I read the itineraries of most tours in Italy.   Well-meaning photo tour companies schedule too many places in too little time and too far apart.  What happens inevitably is that the guests don’t get to truly experience any of the locations.  You just arrive…

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  • Street Portraits

      Old people in Italian villages, especially men, spend lots of time on the street.  I really enjoy engaging them and making street portraits where they stand.  Spy pictures with a telephoto lens are fine, but I prefer face to face confrontational portraits.  I like the energy that’s exchanged between…

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  • Anniversary In Italy

    Wayne Bingham and his wife Colleen Smith, both avid photographers and world travelers, celebrated their anniversary while attending Italy Workshops in Tuscany last year. We marked the occasion with an anniversary portrait in the streets of Pienza with a borrowed bicycle. What you can’t see here is the group of…

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  • Italian Men

    So our friend here is a retired architect from Milan. We asked him to spend the day with us as a model.  Although he doesn’t speak much english, he quickly become a favorite of every lady in the group as Italian men tend to do. What is it about Italian…

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