CUFF Camera Wrist Strap by Peak Design
I have never really liked camera hand straps but since I like to hand hold my camera all the time without some sort of strap, I decided on the wrist strap by Peak Design. Since I already use the ‘around your neck’ style strap from PD, it made sense to stay with the same quick-change system that they offer. By far, PD has the best type of strap that I have either used or researched making them the go-to for my camera handling needs.
What Have I Learned In Photography This Week?
In this last week, I may have not learned anything new on the technical side of things but I have been having so much fun just taking photos. Since I committed to using my iPhone more, it has literally opened up my eyes to seeing so much more around me. I hadn’t realized that dismissing the use of my phone to capture what grabs my attention had literally put blinders on my eyes.
Enjoy Photography Again
One of the best things I did for my photography was to stop focusing so much on social media for my affirmation.
I think we all go through stages where we care or don’t care what others think of our work but ultimately we do seek affirmation in all that we do. But, when we place the affirmation of others before our own enjoyment of taking photos that’s when things go bad.
Why A Photo Journal Is Important
Lately, I have been stating in other blogs and posts to “capture what grabs your attention”. To be spontaneous with the camera and not think too much on it before you talk yourself out of the shot not knowing that the concept, ‘first thought; best thought’, had been around for years. The concept is based on our first thought is usually the boldest and is not immediately influenced by the analytical part of the brain. In short, your natural state of mind is usually clear and the first thing you see can ‘grab your attention’.
Does social media or the internet help or hurt us when we try to find our artistic voice?
I think we could all sit on the fence with our answer or maybe you weigh heavily to one side or the other. Even though the hyper-connectivity to so much information and influence can be useful, I believe it confuses us artistically at the core.
What Have I Learned?
I make the attempt each day to try and digest information about my craft that can help me be a better photographer; a better version of myself. Each one of those attempts doesn’t necessarily result in an ah-ha moment but the effort to find those nuggets of gold are rewarding and inspiring. This past week, I studied a little deeper in a couple areas to take my black and white photography to another level.
Isn’t it such a great feeling when we get this vision for a shot and from ‘sensor to sharing’ we nail it? Or, at least we get pretty close to what we had in our head. My journey thus far in black and white photography is helping me to bring the technical and vision elements closer together. I am not advocating that black and white photography is the ‘magic bean’ for everyone but it has inspired me to do more studying which has helped me to better understand…
Capture What Grabs Your Attention
Lately, on social media some of the pictures that grab my attention often are less technically sound. They are not gallery candidates and would probably not win an award and that is not their intention. These are photos of the photographer sharing their life. What’s around them and scenes that made them pick up the camera and shoot.
What Have I Learned?
This last week in editing has been exciting and rewarding. Since I haven’t had the chance to get out and capture new content lately, I have been exploring photos that I have taken over the last year and working on my black and white editing workflow. Since my selections have been so random it is helping to teach me…
Never Quit Trying New Things
Lately, I have been in a whirlwind of trying new ideas and techniques and even though I am not sure where I will eventually land one thing is for sure. I am having a blast creating and finding my artistic expression. It’s refreshing and taking me in a direction I would have never imagined.
Don’t Forgot How To Take Photos
Now, I didn’t really forget how to take a photo but merely making the point that I believe we can get so caught up in taking the ‘perfect’ photo for our portfolio that it begins to dampen or completely stop us from doing what we enjoy. Taking photos. We stop getting our camera out of the bag because what we capture has to be good enough to share on our social sites. However, I personally enjoy following other professionals that share more about who they are and what they like on their social sites. They share photos they enjoy taking that is outside of their genre of expertise.
Create Art That's Misunderstood
Lately, the topic of vulnerability keeps resurfacing as well as my own feelings of where I am going with my new direction to focus primarily in the world of black and white. It’s a big, or some may say, a drastic change to what I had been doing so being vulnerable raises it ugly head from time to time.
What Is Acutance And Why Should You Know About It?
I know that how we view sharpness or how we apply it in our editing is very subjective. There are photographers that will sharpen to the fullest extremes and then there are those that prefer a soft look. So, where do you fall on the spectrum? In the past, I would tend to lean towards sharpening the image as much as I could especially so that it will look great on social media and my website however I have had a turn of events.
Why Black and White Fine-art Photography?
If you had asked me up through the end of last year if I could see myself moving in the direction of fine-art photography I would have said no however, I am excited to be at a the place I am today. Turning towards black and white fine-art photography has done more for me than just choosing a genre that I like and desaturating the shot.
Great black and white photography engages you with the good contrast, tonal values, and light.
We Appreciate The Process Of An Artist
So, why do I like this picture?
Not because it is anything spectacular but because it says something more to me. There is more to tell in this image then just a guy painting a wall and what you don’t see is the crowd that stood nearby waiting to see the artist’s final spray to complete his process.