Friday, April 24, 2015


The concept of "scanning" is only a small part of one of my three photography models/ paradigms. I spend several pages on the entire model in my new book, RIGHT BRAIN PHOTOGRAPHY (Be an artist first).

Scanning allows me to see the unseen; see what others miss; extract a smaller picture from the big picture. When I scan, I literally scan the entire scene before me, left to right; up and down. By doing so, I can find something that, though not obvious or in-your-face at first, gives me a glimpse of a photo opportunity. I then get closer and explore it further, using my imagination to help me "see" what I can create. This scanning process helps me to see something even before I see it---sounds strange, right? Here are some Before & After images to show you what I mean.

This is a typical scene at our nearby Butterfly Pavilion. As I say in my book, don't see with your eyes; see with your imagination. This is what the eyes see. If we listen to our eyes, as in this example, we are likely to keep walking because we see nothing worthy of a photograph. Do you see anything worthy of a photograph? 

Here's where scanning comes in. If I scan, coupled with seeing with my imagination, I see two small portions of this mundane scene worthy of consideration. Do you see those small tiny flowers on the lower left? They are light white/pinkish colored. Do you see the lady bug decorations on the upper right? I don't see lady bug decorations--I see a nice red back- ground for those light white/pinkish flowers. I then change positions, move over closer to those little flowers, lower myself to where I can only see the red part of the lady bug in the background, get my composition, determine my f/stop for the effects I want, and voila!! This is right brain photography; seeing like an artist.

If I had not scanned, I would have gone home without this image. Why? Because I was looking (with my eyes) for the obvious--for something to hit me between the eyes. Sometimes it's not what the eyes see, but what they don't see that holds those hidden photo treasures; those hidden gems.  

Next time you're out shooting, don't look for the obvious--that's too easy. Scan. Scan. Scan. You will surprise yourself when your right brain shakes hands with your left brain and says, "Wait. I see something!" Have fun scanning.

Sunday, April 5, 2015


RIGHT BRAIN PHOTOGRAPHY (Be an artist first) is now available, after 18 months in the making. I took a different approach to a how-to photography book. First let me share how this book is different, then I will share some comments from photographers who've read it.

What's different
> I introduce my three self-designed photography models/paradigms.
> I sprinkle humor throughout, to make it fun to read.
> I wrote it in a story-telling style, to make it more interesting and enjoyable.
> I made it interactive--you'll see what I mean when you read it.
> To encourage you to try some of my techniques and concepts, I showcase the works
   of eight of my former students.

What you will learn
Among the many concepts, principles, and techniques included in my book, you will learn how to:

>Be an artist first, using your camera and its features as your paint brushes.
>See with your imagination, not your eyes.
>See something before you see it.
>Make the common uncommon; the mundane insane.

What photographers have said after reading my book
"I was amazed to discover such a different approach to an often very technical field."
"I admire how Eli can 'scan' his surroundings and see something."
"Throughout the book, Eli challenges the reader with exercises related to each 
  technique."     Cindy
"Eli's book will give you a new perspective on how to create a unique piece of art and
 make your photos really stand out."     Theresa
"The book is written in a charming way which holds you to read an entire chapter with no
  stops."     Mahmood

There are over 130 images in the book. Enjoy, and contact me to order your signed copy: or e-mail me at            
Retail price: $29.95 (+ applicable taxes & $5.00 S/H)

And here just a few examples of what I will show you how to create. You will learn how to apply Impressionism and Surrealism, and much more. 

You will not see the world around you the same; you will not see photography the same; you will see something before you see it.