“It is good to love what you love so much that you forget to be afraid of not knowing what you are doing or if you are any good at doing it.” – Sam Phillips

This blog features the views of Dean Zatkowsky, former president of the Ojai Photography Club,  providing tips and tricks for happy, passionate amateurs. It’s not that I think I can teach anything, but I want to share what I’m learning as I go.

The principles guiding this blog:

  1. It’s okay to be an amateur.
  2. There’s got to be an easier way.
  3. If you like it, it’s good
  4. If you want others to like it, study composition, light, color and art history, but don’t get your hopes up.
  5. If you want the subject to like it, don’t photograph people.
  6. One size does not fit all.
  7. Many great photos include accidental elements. Shhh.
  8. There’s a fine line between a hobby and an obsessive-compulsive disorder
  9. If you didn’t have time to read the manual, why do you have time to read this?
  10. Our club members seek education and camaraderie, and so does this blog. If you’ve got a bad attitude, there are plenty of other sites that welcome arrogant jerks. Go there.

I’m in it for fun. Please join me.

One response to “About

  1. Steve Schuda

    My friend, Tina Horton, turned me on to you and your website/blog. I sent her a couple of pictures to get her opinion…..I will continue to tune into your blog periodically. As an aside, I used to sell apparel to Roger @ True West. Ojai is a very cool town. Ciao, Steve

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