I tend to think of the photography marketplace in two large general categories, the consumer marketplace or the business to business marketplace…
If you think that technology will help you be a better photographer then you’ve given control over your photography to the people that want to sell you equipment.
More megapixels, more features, more gadgets, more this, more that.
The people who want to sell you equipment want you to think that there’s always something more in the technology and gadget department to help […]
When I judged a themed photography contest, titled “A Different Point Of View”, I felt that I may have fell short of some expectations.
I have my idea of what “A Different Point Of View” means and the people that I disappointed have a different point of view of what “A Different Point Of View” means.
Are you authentic when it comes to your work or are you a hack?
In the book, The War Of Art, Stephen Pressfield, defines a hack in the following manner
“The hack condescends to his audience. He thinks he’s superior to them. The truth is, he’s scared to death of them… scared of being authentic in front of them… […]
Don’t concern yourself with equipment.
Don’t concern yourself with how much you know.
Don’t concern yourself with what other people will think of your work.
Don’t concern yourself with anything except making the picture.
Being a photographer is about making photographs.
Do the best you can with whatever camera you have and learn all you can about craft.
Until you press the shutter release to make an exposure you are a deciding photographer.
When you press the shutter release to make an exposure you are a decisive photographer.
If you are unsure of yourself and continue to make decisions, your pictures are produced from a place of uncertainty. Your work can become diluted if you spend too […]
Who cares about your photography?
I’m not sure.
I am sure of this though, if you don’t care enough about your photography to give it all you’ve got, no one else will care about your photography.
Your work has to show that you care.
Take a photography class with Sam.
Art is vague because art is subjective and is in the eye of the beholder.
I think to identify oneself as an artist is equally vague.
Art involves subjective judgement.
Craft is distinct and identifiable.
You can, with clarity and certainty, identify yourself as a craftsperson.
Craft involves skillful application of technique.
If you are skillful in your craft you are more likely to produce work that someone may judge as art.
Don’t worry about […]
This is a follow up post to an earlier entry titled A Photographers Raw Material .
A photographer’s raw material is light. You can’t touch it with your hands. You can’t smell it with your nose. You can’t taste it with your tongue, You can’t hear it with your ears.
You can see light with your eyes and […]
As a photographer, what’s the raw material that you work with?
A potter works with clay as their raw material.
A carpenter works with wood as their raw material.
A chef works with food as their raw material.
The question is: A photographer works with___?__ as their raw material.
Fill in the blank by leaving a reply below as your answer.
Meditation means awareness. It could be an awareness of your breath or it could be an awareness of the sound of the train that you are riding on your way to work. As long as these activities are free from any other distraction to your mind, you are meditating effectively. Anything you do with awareness […]
Is it having a good eye? No
Is it having a good camera? No.
Is it having excellent skills? No again.
While all of the above are helpful, what makes a photographer a professional is their attitude toward their work.
A photographer who treats photography as a vocation, and not as an avocation, is a professional.
When your attitude shifts so […]
Do you have some photographs that you’d like to frame and display?
Whether you do the work of printing and framing yourself, or have someone do the work for you, there’s a cost of time and money. Multiply the cost of time and money by the number of photographs that you want to frame and display […]
The hypocrisy and greed of these corporations is astounding.
You are ultimately responsible for your photography, but you can choose to be totally responsible for your photograph or partially responsible for your photograph.
If you work your camera in an automatic exposure mode you are responsible for working your camera in auto exposure mode.
In automatic exposure mode you have chosen to have your camera pick your […]
There’s not really any difference, in terms of photography, between photographing during the day or photographing at night.
You either have more light to work with or less light to work with. The bottom line is that you need to be able to evaluate what you’ve got to work with in terms of light and adjust your exposure as you see […]
Although I own equipment that allows me to do my job as a photographer the most valuable thing that I own by far is