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What to Shoot, Why to Shoot


Digital Photo Academy and LivinginHD present a free monthly series of photography webinars on Your host, John Bentham answers many questions live during the webinars. Additional questions and answers are posted here on where you can also view the archived webinars for reference.




Photos by Adam Stoltman, DPA Instructor NY


Adam Stoltman likes sports. That’s what he’s into, he likes watching it, playing it … and because he loves it, he photographs it. The three photos on this page, that appeared in the DPA Sports and Fast Action Webinar are all shot by Adam Stoltman, DPA Instructor in NY are but a few examples of Adams sports photography. In addition to countless other sporting competitions and events Adam has photographed ten Olympic Games. You need to find what you love and shoot it. Your photos will be better and your passion for the event, theme or subject will come through in the photos.

What to Photograph: Take pictures of what interests you, or what you like, and what you know. Take pictures of your family, friends, pets, or the building where you live, or at school, or on your walk to school. If you are passionate about your subject your photos will be better, more substantial and have more significance.




Why to Photograph: Think about why you want to photograph something before you shoot. Look at the subject (before looking through the camera) and think about why you want to take a picture. What is it you like about the scene. Is it the light and shadow, the people, the things, the action or activity? Concentrate on the things you like that are important. Try to give those elements more prominence in the frame.

Mistakes are OK: You might make mistakes, that’s OK. Sometimes mistakes make good pictures. Just pay attention and remember what you did so you can learn for next time.


All DPA students can submit photographs for inclusion in the Digital Photo Academy, LiHD Webinar, Online Photo Class Series. If you would like to submit your photographs for an upcoming webinar, read the following. Each webinar has a specific theme or topic. You can see the date and topic of the next webinar at, Tip of the Day, Online Photo Class. Note that webinars are edited and formatted days in advance, thus please submit your photos at least a week in advance of the webinar, late submissions can not be added. Photographs are chosen, and edited, for their applicability to the webinar theme, artistic and technical merit, and content length. If your photograph is NOT chosen, it will be archived and may appear in a more appropriate future webinar.

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Please submit your images in the following specs:
Compressed JPEG
Approx size 1-2 MB per image
200 dpi
10 inch size longest edge
Large file size is requested should the need arise to magnify or open and enlarge an image during the webinar.
If EXIF Metadata is not attached please provide exposure info if possible

Please include your name and city in the image file name as below:
Please also indicate who was your DPA instructor and in what city, and at what level was your DPA class, Advanced, Intermediate or Beginner.

Please also include brief captions including subject, location and any pertinent tech info.
If it is not immediately clear from your image, for which webinar you are submitting photos, please indicate this as well.

By submitting your photographs for consideration, you grant and authorize, The Digital Photo Academy, and Panasonic, the following rights: The right to use your photograph(s) in the content and promotion of the webinar series, and for use on each company’s respective website. You further authorize your photograph(s) may be archived online and/or in a database, and allow unrestricted internet availability of the webinar(s) containing your photograph(s). You further authorize the use of your photograph(s) in any future webinars. By voluntarily submitting your photographs for consideration you agree to the aforementioned without any legal claims, or claims for remuneration, whatsoever. You, as the photographer, retain the copyright © of any submitted photograph(s). The aforementioned companies will make best possible efforts to apply proper photo credit and acknowledgement with your photograph whenever possible and practical.


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