Ron Villegas

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Photographing as a Need

When I first saw Ed van der Elsken’s book “Love on the Left Bank,” I realized I had just met my predecessor. My real predecessor. The feeling was similar to that of meeting a lover, or of finding a brother. Earlier, when I discovered art photography, at the age of nineteen, the artists who really …

Why I Got Rid of My Photography Gear

I had everything I ever needed, all the dream gear: Broncolor lighting, the latest professional Canon cameras, and all the fastest Canon lenses. I …

11 Simple Ways to Improve Your Memory

Whether you want to be a <i>Jeopardy!</i> champion or just need to remember where you parked your car, here are 11 things you can do right now to turn your …

Complete Lightroom and Photoshop Portrait Retouching Tutorial

Most online photography tutorials focus on one thing—how to sharpen better or how to retouch shiny skin, for example. This video goes way beyond …

Glasgow Street Art: Pictures

Walking

Ethiopian Orthodox Priest in Prayer

Cityscape Daydreams Come to Life Through Captivating Composite Photos

Andrea Costantini's photo manipulations depict daydream thought bubbles by blending head shots with images of architecture and cityscapes. The Washington D.C.-based illustrator captures human subjects displaying thoughtful expressions as photos of picturesque streets and buildings hover over or …

Good Guitar

The other night, a rainy night, I went to hear the superlative guitarists Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge, who were playing in a small, glass-walled room at the top of the Standard East Village, with the city in the mist behind them. Lage is a pantheist, known mostly for playing several kinds of …

5 Ideas to Kick Start Your Photography Again

Last week I was speaking with an amateur photographer who told me that he’s been struggling for photographic inspiration and ideas lately. He …