When most people think of the word Zen, a meditating monk in a monastery comes to mind, a practice of enlightenment, a person being in the present or someone without attachments. When I think of Zen, I think of a lifestyle that has profoundly influenced my photography practice. I would like to dive into the ways of zen photography and how it might enlighten your creative practice.
There are many symbols on our cameras these days. Most of them are next to buttons that have a function. And we usually instinctively know what those functions are. Or, we can soon learn by pushing them and playing around.
There’s one symbol that exists on almost all cameras today, though, that has no button, no function, and often no explanation in the manual. But here, ZY Productions explains exactly what it is and what it’s for.
Perhaps not a goal, but a desire for many photographers is to see their work published in print. Even if they’re a hobbyist and have no wish to become a professional photographer, it’s a nice validation of one’s efforts. And, no, paying for a feature doesn’t count. You weren’t published, you bought advertising.
In this video, Craig Roberts of e6 Vlogs explains what you can do to help increase your odds of being published. He talks about how to approach publications, as well as how to figure out which publications you might want to approach.
There are many words out there that have multiple meanings. The word “pack”, for example, is both the collective noun for a group of wolves, and also what you do with your suitcases when you go on holiday. It seems, though, that nobody alerted Facebook to this particular quirk of the English language.
While many of us choose our words far more carefully these days than we might have in the past, “shoot” is a pretty common word in photographer vernacular. So while most of us realised what photographer Nicolas Chinardet means when he says he’s “shooting a few Christians”, Facebook thought he meant the other thing.
Lighting scenes for shooting in black & white is a little different from working with colour. For a start, you don’t have to worry about colour. Brightness, direction and quality of light come into play a lot more. This can simultaneously make shooting for black & white both easier and more challenging at the same time.
There is a teacher of photography that few speak of in today’s industry. She is shunned by many and with good reason.
Nobody seems to like her.
She has taught photography and business for as far back as anyone can remember, but bring up her name today and it will be met with the rolling of eyes and a heap of indignation.
Getting used to the sheer number of technical terms and numbers in photography can be pretty overwhelming for beginners. There are a lot of them out there. But you don’t really need to know about all of them from day one. But there are some that you’ll want to learn and understand first.
You’ll hear these terms quite often if you hang around other photographers or partake in any of the photography groups on Facebook. They might confuse you at first, but this video from Apalapse goes through 25 of the most important and breaks down exactly what they mean.
I’ve used smoke machines on shoots indoors before, and they never end up looking quite the way I expect. Thanks to this video from Gavin Hoey, though, I think I now know why. Obviously, I was using the wrong kind of smoke. In the video, Gavin shows three different liquids that can be used to create smoke, when and why you might want to use one over another, as well as how to light them.
So, you’re into photography, you want to get your first camera and get serious about it. There is plenty to learn and it’s an incredible, creative journey. And before you start, Pierre T. Lambert shares three things he wishes he knew before starting photography. These may help you make right decisions when choosing which gear to buy, but also help you take better shots.