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More Than A Snapshot provides online photography education.

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This is the blog for More Than A Snapshot's Online Photography Classes.  In these blog posts I will give photography tips, tutorials, and show images.

Great Egret

Gary Detonnancourt

The great egret, also known as the common egret, large egret or great white egret or great white heron is a large, widely-distributed egret, with four subspecies found in Asia, Africa, the Americas, and southern Europe. Wikipedia

Scientific name: Ardea alba

Mass: 1.5 – 3.3 lbs (Adult)

Wingspan: 4.3 – 5.6 ft. (Adult)

Length: 2.6 – 3.4 ft. (Adult)

Rank: Species

Did you know: The Great Egret (also known as the Common Egret) is a large wading bird found worldwide.

60 Great B&W Photos from the Masters

Gary Detonnancourt

This month morethanasnapshot will focus on black and white photography, culminating in a 5 Day challenge at the end of the month.  During this challenge you will get a short lesson and activity to complete.  It will run from March 27-31st and is completely free to join.

The images in this slideshow seem to lean more toward street photography.  Notice most of them capture a decisive moment and or tell a great story.  You may also notice a great range of contrast in the images from black to white.  These were shot on film and may not seem quite as sharp as we are use to seeing with digital images.

Learn B&W Photography by Studying Ansel Adams

Gary Detonnancourt

I wanted to write a blog post about Ansel Adams, but I quickly realized there were already some great resources that I couldn't improve on, which is why I thought it would be best to just share them with you and let you explore.

During the month of March, I'm going to run a 5 Day Challenge for improving your B&W photography.  Click on this link to join this free challenge.

In this video I'm going to talk about the work of Ansel Adams. Ansel is one of the most successful photographers of all time. He is largely responsible for starting the "California School" of photographers along with Imogen Cunningham and Edward Weston.

During the month of March, I'm going to run a 5 Day Challenge for improving your B&W photography.  Click on this link to join this free challenge.

An in depth study of Adams's life and work. credit: PBS
For more info: This is the extended version of my visit to Ansel Adams' home and darkroom. You'll hear his son Michael talk about some of Ansel's most iconic images, including the breakthrough he had when he first visualized the image of Half Dome.

10 Reasons to do a Personal Photography Project

Gary Detonnancourt

1.  It's a great learning experience and it will give you plenty of practice to improve your photography.

2.  It will give you the opportunity to create a very high quality portfolio on a specific subject.

3.  Inspiration, when the going gets tough and ideas are not flowing, you can always go back and work on your project.

4.  A project gives you a starting point or framework that will allow you to expand your creativity.

5.  Doing a personal project is all about you.  You don't have to please anyone else, so let your creativity take you where you want to go.

6.  Get Social!  Engage with photography communities to discuss your work and get feedback.

7.  Focus:  spelling out a project over a certain amount of time will keep you on task.

8.  Commitment:  If you publish (in a community or on social media) your intentions to do a project, you will be much more motivated to complete it.

9.  Putting a project out into the world will give you some credibility, which may help you to get help with your project.  People on social media may suggest locations, models, props, etc...

10.  Doing a project will show off your skills and commitment to creating quality work or a sustained period of time.  This may help to draw fans and allow you to sell images or to book more jobs.  Just remember to show off the kind of work you want to do or sell.

I hope to see you in the Create Challenge during 2017, it's completely free and you can start the challenge at any time.