One of the ultimate compliments for a photo is when it makes someone just blurt out a one syllable word or sound. "Wow", "ooh", "awww", "damn", "whoa", "spoon"... you get the idea. The measure of a photo's success isn't if it followed all the "rules", it's whether it makes the viewer feel something. If you get a spontaneous exclamation out of your viewer, they have felt something! If you aren't getting these "blurts" about your work, using these concepts and techniques will make an instant impact on your creative process for … [Read more...] about Are Your Photos Getting the “Blurts”?
Why do people still constrain the images they shoot to certain formats like 8x10 or 16x9? Why do frames also come in those sizes? Why do we differentiate between monochromatic and color? Why do digital cameras look like old film cameras? Why why why why? Why Are There Boundaries? The incremental, evolutionary funnel creates boundaries for photographers and photography. Why? I do know the answer to this one... We let it. We do what we do because we saw someone else do it. We often buy what we buy because we saw someone else buy it. It's … [Read more...] about What If We Reimagined Photography?
I am speaking at Partnercon, Pictage's annual conference in New Orleans. While at the event I attended a nude photo workshop with Carlos Baez. I am not a regular nude shooter, but I have probably shot three or four projects in the past. I realized that as a wildlife photographer, I was going to have to use my imagination to get a shot that counted. I didn't want to solely rely on the beauty of our lovely professional model. I wanted to contribute to the shot my own imagination. We worked in an old French Quarter restaurant. There were lots of … [Read more...] about Use Your Imagination – Shooting Outside Your Comfort Zone