How to Have a Creative and Flexible Mind as an Artist and Photographer

Toronto, 2015

Toronto, 2015

Continuing my series on “Akademie x Lessons in Art and Life”, I thoroughly enjoyed an essay titled: “Me and Marcuse” by Michelle Grabner. She exposed me to a lot of new ideas that I want to explore below on the following topics: what art is for, the importance of filtering images, undoing and re-doing your world-constructs, and the importance of learning:

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How to Express Yourself as an Artist and Photographer

NYC, 2014

NYC, 2014

Continuing the lessons I’ve learned from “Akademie x Lessons in Art + Life”, I want to share some thoughts I’ve learned from Carol Bove, one and the artists and “tutors” from the book.

Carol expresses ideas on self-expression, what work means to her, time and information management, as well as uncensoring and finding yourself. I hope you enjoy these ideas:

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Instagram as a Vessel For Sharing Street Photography

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(Editor’s Note: Words and Photographs by Ryan Tacay)

In a world of instant-gratification and disposable media, it’s hard to take something like instagram as a serious way to share something artistic and long-lasting. Going past the jokes about it being all about the bathroom selfies, things I ate today, or this afternoon’s sunset, it’s actually one of the best ways to get one’s work out there and seen.

For starters, with instagram claiming they have about 300 million active users compared to the 92 million that Flickr has, it’s safe to say that although the images are displayed no larger than a 640×640 pixel square format, there’s a larger audience. Having come from Flickr since 2005, I get more traffic and activity on instagram these days. It has become my preferred method of sharing my street photos.

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Free Presentation: Street Photography 101

I just gave a free street photography webinar, and here are some of the slides that I shared on practical tips, assignments, and “traits of great street photographers”. The video recording of the event will be available in a week or so, will also make sure to share. In the meanwhile, enjoy this presentation!

You can also see the presentation on Slideshare here. You can see the full list of all of my presentations here.

Other Free Video Street Photography Lectures

You can also see some of my other free video street photography lectures below:

  1. Introduction to Composition for Street Photography
  2. How to Overcome Your Fear of Shooting Street Photography
  3. How to Be Invisible When Shooting Street Photography
  4. Why it is Important to “Work the Scene” in Street Photography
  5. Introduction to Editing, Processing, and Workflow in Lightroom 5 for Street Photography
  6. Introduction to Street Photography Projects

How to Succeed and Survive as a Photographer and Artist

Istanbul, 2014

Istanbul, 2014

I am currently reading: “Akademie x Lessons in Art + Life”, which is probably one of the most inspirational art/life books I’ve picked up as of late. It is a beautifully printed and bound book, folding open like a school instructional manual.

I personally never went to art school. I entered college as a Biology major (to become a doctor like a good Asian kid), but upon going into school (and realizing I hated science and math), I switched to the exact opposite: sociology.

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Travel Updates: My Experiences in NYC and Now Back in Berkeley!

Epic bokeh photo of me by my buddy Tyler Hayward n Toronto.

Epic bokeh photo of me by my buddy Tyler Hayward in Toronto.

Hey streetogs, after my 3-week trip in Chicago, Toronto, NYC, I am excited to finally be back home in Berkeley. It is wonderful to enjoy sleeping in my own bed, being back at home with Cindy, and the lovely weather of Berkeley. Unfortunately, I think I caught a mild cold while traveling, and will spend the next few days recuperating. Fortunately, caffeine and green tea has been my new friends (gonna take a break from the coffee for a while until I get better).

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“Essential Street Portrait Crash Course”: San Francisco Special 1-Day Street Photography Workshop (May 9th, 2015)

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Dear streettogs, I am excited to announce that I am teaching a special 1-day “Essential Street Portrait Crash Course” in San Francisco on May 9th, 2015. If you want to build your confidence, and learn how to get to get (really) close to your subjects, and have a really busy schedule, this course will be perfect for you.

Read more to get all the details, this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss out on! You can also see all of my other upcoming street photography workshops here.

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Jared Krause: Inspired by Light and Colour

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(Editor’s Note: Words and Photographs by Jared Krause)

I started shooting in June of 2009. I had causally been thinking about photography and decided to buy a camera. I started posting to a photo blog because I felt like photography was a good way to share my experiences with other people. Shooting street photos gave my photography purpose, a goal and a style to pursue rather than just taking random shots of anything. It was a edgy and new to me. I decided to start posting photos to my blog every day, and did so for over a year. In that period, I got very comfortable using my camera, and quite familiar with light, contrast, colour and the other elements involved in photography. Even though I wasn’t shooting street, I was learning.

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Seek Progress, Not Perfection in Your Photography

Seattle, 2014

Seattle, 2014

I just finished reading a new book titled: “Becoming Steve Jobs”, which is a new biography on the life of Steve Jobs. I also read the other (more famous) Walter Isaacson biography: “Steve Jobs”, and found this to be a great refresher to the life, work, and passion of Steve Jobs.

In “Becoming Steve Jobs”, one thing I found fascinating was how Steve Jobs was a practicing Buddhist. Although he could be a ruthless businessman, he balanced that with meditation, mindfulness, and Buddhist practices.

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