Author: J. Dennis Thomas

J. Dennis Thomas

J. Dennis Thomas is a professional photographer and author based in the “Live Music Capital of the World,” Austin, TX. He has been photographing bands and concerts since the early 1990s. He is represented by Corbis Images, and his live music work has been featured in print in such magazines as Rolling Stone, SPIN, Country Weekly, Ebony, and more.


Posts by J. Dennis Thomas:


Isolating the Subject – Keeping it Simple…


A common problem in decay scenes is that there are often many different colors, patterns, textures, and light sources competing with each other for attention. This can make it difficult for the viewer to determine what the most important subject in the scene is. It’s the photographer’s job when composing the image to try to…


Finding Beauty in the Blight


Arguably, decay photography has been around as long as photography itself. The first photograph ever taken by inventor Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1825, “View from the Window at Le Gras” could conceivably also be the first photograph of urban decay. It simply shows a back alley in France. Coincidentally, this photograph is housed in Austin,…


Searching Out Decay


Many times when people view my decay photography one of the first questions I’m asked is, “how do you find these places?” The simple answer is that decay is all around you. Admittedly, when I was younger growing up in the “Rust Belt” amidst the dilapidating unused steel mills I found myself surrounded by the…


Tips on Using Selective Color


Selective color is a technique where certain elements of an image are in color while the rest of the image is black and white. This is normally done using Photoshop or a similar image-editing program although some camera manufacturers like Nikon have this option built-in top the camera, which allows you to select the colors…

zone of sharpness

Depth of Field and Circle of Confusion


The technical definition of depth of field , often referred to as DoF, is the distance range in a photograph in which all portions of the image are acceptably sharp. By focusing the lens on a certain point, everything in the image on the same horizontal plane is in focus as well. Everything in front…


Influential Photographer Series: Gordon Parks


In honor of Black History Month, I wanted to start out my series of articles on influential photographers throughout history about one of the most talented men that ever worked in photography, Gordon Parks. Gordon Parks picked up a camera at the not very young age of 25 after seeing some touching photos of migrant…

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