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How Safe Will It Be and Can It Even Be Fun?

Cruise Ship Image for the Future of Cruising by Darryl Brooks
Cruise Ship Image for the Future of Cruising by Darryl Brooks
Image by Darryl Brooks

Are you a cruiser, or have you thought about taking a cruise?

I meant before Covid-19.

Between 1994 and 2019, we took well over 60 cruises. Obviously, we like cruising, but we also found it both easy and economical. Pay one fee, and your room, meal, and most activities were taken care of. Plus, every night, your hotel moved to a different city while you slept.


From Dream Job to Nightmare

Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash

Once again, I awoke slowly with uhtceare worrying about my upcoming job interview. The interview that was today.

As I dressed in my tonsorial finery, I mentally rehearsed answers to the inevitable questions.

I was as prepared as I could be as I was ushered into my new employer’s office.

Behind the desk sat what I could only assume was a human bearing a striking resemblance to Gollum from Lord of the Rings. …


How To Prepare Your Shots

Stock Image of a Pantry by Darryl Brooks
Stock Image of a Pantry by Darryl Brooks
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I talked in the last chapter about what to shoot. In this edition, I want to discuss how to prepare them for submitting to stock sites.

This is not a tutorial on how to process photographs. If you are not proficient in that or nailing it in camera, you need to gain more experience before attempting stock photography. Check out more of my articles in The Digital Photographer for help with that.

I will repeat what I said last time in that the quality requirements for most stock sites exceed anything you are likely to encounter anywhere else. …


And This is No Bull

The Six Pence Pub in Savannah, Georgia shot by Darryl Brooks
The Six Pence Pub in Savannah, Georgia shot by Darryl Brooks
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I recently wrote a piece about the beautiful city of Savannah, Georgia. I wrote about the city as a tourist and included many of my images of iconic locations. But this article is the next chapter in my How I Got the Shot Series and will discuss the shot above of the Six Pence Pub and a few other locations nearby.


I Did, and I’ll Absolutely Do It Again, Soon

Man leaping for joy. For article by Darryl Brooks on Medium.
Man leaping for joy. For article by Darryl Brooks on Medium.
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Have you been thinking about taking a break from writing? Or maybe you are taking a break and want to know how not to feel guilty about it. Well, I took one, and I’ll do it again and soon. Here’s why you should also.

If you are anything like me, you make an effort to write every day.

Every. Day.

We don’t always meet that goal. Sometimes life gets in the way. Sometimes another project will take priority.

Sometimes, we just get lazy.

Over the last 16 years, my writing has been somewhat erratic. I go through bouts of writing…


Luck is When Preparation Meets Opportunity

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We have sailed out of beautiful Bayonne, New Jersey, many times. It is a very frustrating sail away because the potential for a great shot is always there, but the conditions for a great shot are rare. But even during the worst weather, I have been able to capture a view of the Manhattan and Jersey City skylines and make it interesting.

If you are Ansel Adams, you can keep coming back to the same location, however often it takes to get the perfect conditions. The rest of us have to make the best of the conditions we are given…


It’s More Than Just Biltmore

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Asheville is a city in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. It is located in the eastern central part of the state in the mountainous regions and has a somewhat cooler climate than other parts of the state. The city is serviced by air from Asheville Regional Airport and lies at the intersection of three interstate highways. Asheville, North Carolina, is one of our go-to spots in the summer as it is much cooler, even in August. …


A Photographer’s Paradise

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Savannah, Georgia is located on the north end of the coast of Georgia, in the United States, at the southeast corner of the state. It is located where the Savannah River, which creates the border between Georgia and South Carolina, enters into the Atlantic Ocean. The temperatures are milder than most of Georgia due to its location on the coast. The winds coming in from the ocean will keep it a little warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Savannah International Airport is located just outside the city and brings in tourists from all over the world. …


Monastery of the Holy Spirit

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It’s hard to find a truly peaceful place in a metropolitan city like Atlanta. Even as far out as Conyers, Georgia, malls, strip centers, and car dealerships vie for your attention as the nearby interstate drones on. But just a few miles down the road, you can find the Monastery of the Holy Spirit. And the best news is that all are welcome.

In 1944, 21 Trappist monks left Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky and set out on a sojourn no different than those from back in the days of early Christianity. …

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