Boy and His Dogs

A Boy And His Dogs

It’s never easy seeing your kids sick, even if it’s just a cold.  You try and comfort them as much as possible but no one can do it as well as a pet, or so it seems.

When you’re not feeling well there’s nothing like falling asleep with unconditional love.

This is an example of a photo that lends itself much better in black and white rather than color.


There are too many shades of the same color and different colors.  It got too busy.  With the shot in black and white the emotion of the photo pops better.

Experiment a bit with your photos.  See what your favorite photo will look like in color and black and white.

– Joe Randeen (Lessons)

Rainy Morning at School

You Must Have A Really Nice Camera

Professional photographers often talk about a regular, back-handed compliment given to them. It’s given to them by well-meaning admirers of one of their photographs or their work.

“You must have a really nice camera.”

Good, or professional, equipment does make ones work/art more convenient or even easier to create but, the camera is just a tool – like a brush to a painter, a pan to a chef, or a guitar to a guitarist.

After a fine meal would you compliment the chef by stating, “you must have some really nice cookware”? Granted, they may have but a professional chef could make magic with a tin can if need be.

My point is, don’t focus on the equipment, rather, focus on the artist behind the equipment.

Again, there’s no disputing that good equipment does make a difference. As photographers, knowing what our cameras are capable of and how to use them is invaluable. This is one of the key items I teach in my classes (photography lessons).Kodak Instamatic

As you can see in the photo above, which I think is fairly nice photo, it was taken with a phone. It’s not what I shoot with in professional settings but, the best camera you can have is the one that you have with you at that very moment. The focus is on the capture, not the equipment.

My first camera was a Kodak Instamatic 110, with flash cubes. It took terrible pictures, quality wise, but it trained my eye. I had to have a good eye in order to make a terrible camera take good pictures.

Next time you see a nice photo, compliment the photographer not the camera.

Joe Randeen :: 3 Penguins Photography

Black and White or Color

Black and White or Color?

After you take a photograph you many find yourself faced with the following question: black and white or color? Each type can create a completely different emotion or convey a differnt message to the viewer.

A couple of weeks ago I took the following photograph of a young boy in front of a brick wall with a painted sign on it.  It’s a nice photograph, warm, conveying some attitude on part of the boy despite the fact that the sign next to him states, “drop on it.”

Drop On In Color

The sign on the wall looked much more vintage that what this “color” photograph could convey.  Plus, this boy is wearing crocks with blue socks and a modern t-shirt.  I wanted a more vintage feel so I converted it to black and white. What do you think?

Drop On In - black and white

Albeit, the photo doesn’t look totally vintage, but it does certainly convey a different message and emotion from that of the color version. It takes the focus away from the blue socks and crocks and brings the majority of focus back to his face and the message, “drop on in.”

Color vs Black and White

Here’s another example: a wedding party in front of a graffiti wall.  Do you see how “different” the emotion that each version conveys?

Challenge: Take a look at your photographs and see what they would look like in a black and white version.  You may like it better.

Joe Randeen
3 Penguins Photography