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THIS IS WHY I NO LONGER LIKE TO “CAMP OUT” OTHER THAN IN CUSHY 5-STAR HOTELS

THIS IS WHY I NO LONGER LIKE TO “CAMP OUT”  OTHER THAN IN CUSHY 5-STAR HOTELS  by Dr. Ellen K. Rudolph  PHOTOJOURNALIST I penned this commentary after hearing a friend tell of a gutsy world-traveled and very rich 70-yr old woman in Spain who still loves to go camping in the wild while taking long vacations…


World War II Photographs: A Retrospective

This is a profound and insightful retrospective of WORLD WAR II PHOTOGRAPHS compiled by Alan Taylor, covering the war years from 1939 to 1945. The retrospective includes 900 photographs separated into 20 distinct essays. Says Taylor: “It gives us glimpses into the experiences of our parents, grandparents and great grandparents, and into moments that helped…


My Thoughts on Self-Portraits _ Part I

Question: My name is Amy and I am doing a project at school about self-portraits in photography. I was wondering if you have minute whether you could tell me something about why you take them occasionally and what you find difficult about it, how it makes you feel, that kind of thing. Thanks for your…


My Thoughts on Self-portraits_ Part II

QUESTION: Dr. Ellen, my composition teacher has approved an E-mail interview with you. I am writing from the lovely state of Washington. My questions about photographer self-portraits follow: Can we generalize about why photographers take self-portraits, or are the reasons too personal and varied? If yes, what are the generalizations we can draw?   Dr….


Some Thoughts about the Artistic Experience

How photographers experience and emotionally interact with the world says a lot about them, not only as an artist but as a person. Some are bold and brave We’ll call these Group I Folks in this group stand tall and make their mark. They consider themselves leaders, not followers. They feel and exude confidence in themselves….


The Role that Photographs Play in our Lives

QUESTION: Hi Dr Ellen, I came across your site during a web search for the psychology behind photography. I reside in Australia and am a writer/photographer/graphic designer and pediatric cardiology nurse. And I use my visual arts skills a great deal in my nursing role. I often do portraits of the babies and children for the parents during their…


The Soulful Side of Photography

A SOULFUL COMMENT: “My wildlife photography equipment starts with my heart for the love of these beautiful animals. It continues with my head to learn about them. It is enhanced by my eyes for seeing their magnificence. My tool kit is completed with some mechanical items.”   ~Carolyn Wright~ ** Dr. Ellen Responds Carolyn’s words…


Pictures with a Purpose

Approximately 90 percent of nature photography output is non-conservation oriented. More importantly, the number of well-known environmental/conservation photographers worldwide are actually very few. Some photography friends and I were musing about this not long ago as we talked over lunch about the evolving crisis state of our natural environment. We agreed that it is no…


Some Questions for my Hero

QUESTION: Dr. Ellen, please forgive the unsolicited e-mail.  I keyed in psychology and photography in Google and your web page came up. You are my hero! My two main interests in life are these two subjects. I am 32 with a background in art history and museum work. I am planning on returning to graduate school. I want to…


On the Cusp of the Digital Era

I was fortunate to be involved in photography in the very early days of the digital revolution. Photography has always been fun, but the onset of the digital era absolutely thrilled me; I couldn’t wait to see what they were going to come up with next! Imagine what Ansel Adams would think about being able…


Are You (gasp) a Generic Shooter?

You are not going to find this written anywhere, especially in nature photography publications, but here it is anyway. Diversify! Your gear is generic; it will photograph anything that you want to photograph. Just point your lens at a given subject and, voila! Your camera will do your bidding. You know that, of course. What you…


Size is Not Everything (Or is it?)

*The Thorney Devil  Moloch horridus Things are constantly changing in today’s digital domain, even as we speak; everything except for the fact that the most popular demand for images is still for 8×10 prints or smaller. That, and the fact that a very small percentage of shooters need their output to be at 24×30 inches…


Photojournalism and Psychology are a Great Mix

Question: Hi Dr. Rudolph, I’m a junior at the University of Miami studying photojournalism and psychology.  I was searching for internships in both photography and psychology and your web site came up. Reading your essays and viewing your photographs has been very inspiring.  I’ve been trying to decide which path I want to follow after graduation. Photography? Psychology? Seeing that you are active…


Have You Been Photoshopped?

Yes, indeed! In today’s vernacular you are routinely photoshopped by virtue of having your photograph taken with a digital camera. Even when a film camera is used to take your picture, that image can be scanned so that later it is available for digital manipulation. In the early days of photography you were technically retouched…


Change is Hard

QUESTION: OK – so I don’t want to change a background in a photo. I don’t believe in that for me; it’s not my style. If you guys want to do it, fine, do it. But where does that leave me?   Change is hard. It seems to me, though, that it is harder for…


What Draws me to Photography?

Photography is a creative endeavor for me. I have explored the creative arts over the years – rhythm tap when I was young, then later classical piano, flute, watercolor and oil painting, note card making, the saxophone — these things have gone with me through life and all hold a special place in my heart….


There is More to Photography than Photography

Photography is a competitive business and newcomers trying to get into this field do what newcomers tend to do in any field, which is to charge less in order to ‘get their foot in the door.’  This is hardly news. I personally, however, don’t think that affects revenue-generation in in our field. With some glaring…


Qualities held by ‘Iconic’ Images

QUESTION: “Dr. Ellen, I recently discovered your website and have found it incredibly interesting in the research I am conducting for my journalism dissertation at the University in London. I especially found your essays on photojournalism interesting, as I am focusing on this topic. My working title for my Dissertation is: ‘An Examination of the Power…


The Impact of Wedding Photos over Time

COMMENT: Dr. Rudolph, I have enjoyed your articles about photography and psychology and I’m wondering if you could answer a question for me? I am doing a speech in my public speaking class about why we should hire a professional photographer for weddings and special events. I’m a professional photographer myself and want to convey…