Seven Steps to Self Editing Your Work


Looking up to Montmarte, Paris. Canon Power Shot A70

This is a blog post originally written by David Brommer. It and the images here are being syndicated with permission.

The most difficult aspect of Photography to master is Picture Image Editing. You can learn to shoot better, to expose properly, to capture composition, achieve perfect timing, master the light, focus on details and blur what you don’t want. You will have to ensure you are in the right place at the golden hour, always coaxing gesture from subjects and understanding the camera you hold in your hands, these are all hallmarks of a great photographer. You can learn these things by shooting a whole lot, or you can fast track an be taught in schools and workshops. However there is one skill that can’t be taught, its importance is paramount, yet is seldom discussed in the arsenal of photographic skills, that of picture editing.

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ISO 400 – David Brommer Talks About Niche Photography

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In this episode of ISO 400, we hear from David Brommer, a studio photographer and Director of the B&H Event Space where he has given many talks on photography. His talks largely deal with composition and developing a style, and all those videos are on YouTube. Yes, they’re long, but they’re well worth the watch.

He got his start in photography in the late ’80s, and for three years in the mid-90s, he ran a gallery space in Seattle called Suspect Photography, where he showcased some cutting edge work. Brommer’s had a lifelong interest in dark subject matter and religious symbolism, and much of it has a found a way into his work.

There’s a painterly quality to his photographers, which is, at least in part, a result of his art education, and when he talks about composition, he often refers to master painters.

For more of Brommer’s work, you can check out his website. If you’d like to see some of his talks, check out the top results on YouTube.

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David Brommer: Is the DSLR Dead?

A good friend of the Phoblographer’s and long time photographer of the goth/punk/metal scene, David Brommer asks this question. Are DSLRs really dead? Trey Ratcliffe predicted and stated it a while ago; and our Reviews Editor Andy Hendriksen sold everything for the Olympus OMD. Even I’m down to only my 5D Mk II with a Fujifilm X Pro 1 and Olympus OMD EM5 myself.

In his post, David characterizes and breaks down the different types of photographers from his years of experience in the industry at not only B&H Photo, but other places as well. Then he goes on to break it down even further.

We recently saw Popular Science asking the same thing.

Personally: I believe that any DSLR made from now on needs to be full frame. There is no point for APS-C or Micro Four Thirds DSLRs because the mirrorless options just do so well. The industry is in a very curious spot right now; and with consumers grabbing more and more full frame options, it may be a really tough call at this point. That’s not to say that vision doesn’t count; it surely does. But with all due respect, clients often want to see a Canon or Nikon badge on your camera if you show up to a job; so there is some sort of, “looking the part,” that goes into this.

Luckily, $3,000 worth of lights can do it.

Let us know your thoughts below after reading David’s piece.