What Makes A Great Photo?

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It’s hard not to love Joel Grimes. Not only is he a gifted photographer, but he’s also an outstanding educator and great source of inspiration. In the inspirational video below, Grimes’ down to earth, you-can-do-this personality shines as he talks about what makes a photograph great–and it might not be what you’re expecting to hear.

Sure, we all know proper exposure, interesting composition, and well executed focus are definitely ingredients for a great photo, but as Grimes explains, beauty still lies in the eye of the beholder. In other words, no matter how technically outstanding your work it, not everyone is going to like it. Grimes compares it music. We all have different tastes when it comes to our musical choices. Just because you might not agree with someone else’s taste in music, it doesn’t mean it’s bad. The same can be said of your photography. Just because someone doesn’t like your work, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not good–it just means it wasn’t for that person. [Read more...]

Winter is Coming – So Here’s Some Winter Photography Inspiration

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In order to celebrate the unholy amount of snow that just fell on my neighbors in Buffalo and Western New York (how does two meters or six feet of snow in November sound to ya?), I thought I’d share a few of the stories behind some of my favorite winter photos.

When it’s cold and snowy, it can be hard to find the motivation to pull your camera out, so hopefully the stories behind these photos might inspire a few winter photography moments.  Because, winter is coming.

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Why You Should Be Happy With Your Photos Even If You Think They Suck

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We are our own worst critics. This much we know. The problem is, photography is one of those things where we have to be self critics to get better. Finding that delicate balance between beating ourselves up and being too easy on ourselves is a problem we have all struggled with in one way or another. But, as Mike Browne explains in the video below, we’re probably making it more difficult than it needs to be. Listen as the award winning photographer and educator dishes out his synopsis on why hating the photos you take is preventing you from getting better and what you can you do to fix it. [Read more...]

8 Reasons To Do A DIY Photography Project

 

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I started photography about 6 years ago. I was doing a 365 day project in flickr when I saw all the great strobist shots people were taking. I wanted to give it a try but I only had one sb-24 speedlight (it’s a 1988 flash) and no light modifiers whatsoever so I needed to DIY my own lights.

I remember the first DIY project that I made, it was a 1 foot  x 1 foot  softbox made out of illustration board and tracing paper. After that I used a silver umbrella and a white shower curtain to create my own studio look and after that was history in the making.

So here are my 8 reasons why you’d wanna do a DIY project

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The Downfall of Photography Blogs

downfall-photography-blogsThere is a problem plaguing photography blogs, waiting in the wings, ready to ensure their demise. And, as all of you armchair pundits are excitedly clicking to the comments section to inform me of my blatant hypocrisy, allow me to save you the effort and admit right here: I know there will be multiple examples of hypocrisy throughout this post. Good…I saved you thirty seconds of valuable input. [Read more...]

Listen To The Humble Philosophy Of A Pro Photographer In This Gorgeous Short Film

philosophy-of-a-photographerThorsten von Overgaard is a Denmark based portrait and documentary photographer a refreshingly humble approach to his craft. On a recent week long journey to Rome, Italy, Overgaard shared his insights with a team of filmmakers from Northpass Media to create this beautifully made mini-documentary about the philosophy that inspires the photographer.

The video clip is an winning exacta of inspiration and great photography. Of course, the latter probably has something to do with the fact that Northpass Media didn’t skimp on production. The team showed up in Italy with a RED Scarlet and RED Epic camera along with a set of ARRI daylight lamps to capture the footage.

You can do more gear gawking and take a behind the scenes look at some bonus photos Overgaard posted on his blog, but in the meantime take a look at his short film below…

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A Homeless Man Uses Photography To Turn His Life Around

Let’s face it, nearly everyone has access to a camera of some sort. While that sort of access can be seen as a good thing, it also has it’s downfalls. With everyone and taking photographs of everything they see, it seems nearly impossible to get noticed as a street photographer nowadays. Even if your work is really good. So when I come across an upcoming–and entirely self-taught- photographer with the natural talent Norman Eric Fox has, I feel like I owe it to myself (and to the photographer) to stop and really pay attention to the work in front of me. And what’s more, Fox, a Vancouver based street photographer, has an especially heartwarming story to tell.

Photo courtesy of Norman Fox.

Photo courtesy of Norman Fox.

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Neil Gaiman’s Advice For Creative People Is Harsh, True, And Mostly Optimistic

If you are currently struggling with your art, your career path, your passion, this is a very good speech to hear.

If you never heard of Neil Gaiman you must not have consumed any content in the last 10 years. Neil’s been practically anywhere, from Books (American gods), Comics (Sandman), the movies (Stardust) and plenty of others.

Aside from being one of my favorite authors, Neil seems to have ‘wondered’ into success, rather than set a goal and charge forward. In this 20 minutes Commencement Speech at the University of the Arts from 2012 Neil pretty much throws the truth about being in the creative field in everybody’s faces, and he does it in the most charming way possible.

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10 Important Lessons in Creativity

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It’s confession time. I’ve been struggling lately with my creativity. The client work is fine. It’s the personal work– the stuff that’s supposed to satisfy my soul between the paid gigs– that’s taken a dip. I have a few theories, but a funk is a funk and sometimes the harder you try pushing through it the deeper it gets. Chances are I’m just over-thinking it. After all, we’re talking about art, right? You’re supposed to feel it, not think it.

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