Stephen Bay's Photography Blog

Should I Do My Own Printing or Outsource it to a Professional Lab?

As someone who prints a lot, I often get asked if it’s worth buying a possibly very expensive printer and printing your work at home. There isn’t a simple answer but in short I would say that if you enjoy the printing process, then by all means go ahead and get one. It can be fun, artistically rewarding, convenient, and may be cheaper than using a lab. The flips side is that you can also waste a ton of money, tear your hair out in frustration, and wish you never bought the damn thing.

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The Making of a Photo #3 – Long Exposures at Night

This summer I made a few trips out to the California desert to photograph some abandoned trains and railway tracks. There are lots of these spots maybe just an hour east of San Diego. Most of my shooting was done with the Milky Way as a prime subject of the composition. But on the last trip out, I decided to ignore the core completely and point my camera in the other direction.

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The Making of a Photo #2 – Crescent Moon Photography

This is the second in a series of “making of” articles where I cover the creative and technical choices behind a photo that I’ve been working on. This is intended to give an overview of the important decisions in a short and easily digestible manner. Crescent moon setting behind the California Tower in Balboa Park, San Diego on 4/21/23. Planning This photo of the crescent moon was taken on 4/21/23 which is two days after the new moon.

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The Making of a Photo #1 – Focus Stacking Flowers

I thought I’d start a “making of” series where I cover the creative and technical choices behind a photo that I’ve been working on. This is intended to give an overview of the important decisions in a short and easily digestible manner. Close-up of sand verbena in the Anza Borrego desert. This first photo is from two weeks ago when I went out to Anza Borrego State Park. With all the rain in SoCal, we’ve had very good blooms but it’s not quite at the level of a superbloom.

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What I Learned From Painters as a Landscape Photographer

Although I am a photographer, I think it’s important to study the work of other visual artists especially those in different mediums. Painters, illustrators, graphic designers, collage, and other 2d artists often approach their work with a different mindset and I feel there is much that photographers can learn from them. In a painting, nothing is accidental and everything was the result of a conscious decision. Thus if you see a particular color treatment or composition you know that was because the painter deliberately decided to make it so.

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