On Searching for the Maximum

Read as a Google Doc. — “Over the last 10 years, what has interested me in taking photographs is the maximum — the maximum that exists in a situation and the maximum I can produce from it.” – Josef Koudelka I just finished the second day of my workshop here in Stockholm, and after an… Read more about On Searching for the Maximum

On the Shortness of Life

Read this article as a Google Doc (would love your comments/edits), download and print as a PDF, as an .epub (e-reader), or .mobi (for Kindle). I also recommend reading the original: “On the Shortness of Life” by Seneca (order the paperback on Amazon). — “What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day… Read more about On the Shortness of Life

Small is Beautiful

Read as a Google Doc or PDF. — Dear Friend, I wanted to share with you some thoughts that are on my mind: The first thing that came to mind: “small is beautiful.” So I have a problem; I am inflicted with this American obsession that “bigger is better.” We want bigger houses, we want… Read more about Small is Beautiful

How to Love Your Haters

Read as a Google Doc or download as PDF. — Dear Ming, I wanted to write you this letter regarding all the trolls and “haters” you have been getting over on your blog. I have a lot of advice for you– advice that has helped me deal with all the negativity on the internet. None… Read more about How to Love Your Haters

Streettogs Academy Assignment No. 14

Cheers to another assignment wrapped and here’s a new one to keep everyone in Streettogs Academy moving, shooting, and perhaps for this assignment, following the beat!

Kill Your Babies

Read this as a Google Doc or download a PDF. — I have a problem. I often get too attached to my photos, especially my bad photos. I look at all of my photos like my children, and I have a hard time deciding which to keep and which to ditch. One mantra I have… Read more about Kill Your Babies

Desire the Life You Already Have

“One should not spoil what is present by desiring what is absent. Rather, realize that what we have were among the things we might have prayed for.” – Epicurus (via the “Epicurus reader“) I’m never satisfied. I always want more. Nothing is ever good enough. My lifestyle isn’t fancy enough, I lust after different cameras,… Read more about Desire the Life You Already Have

Learn From the Masters: Lesson #6 Provoke Your Subjects

“Rather than catching people unaware, they show the face they want to show. Unposed, caught unaware, they might reveal ambiguous expressions, brows creased in vague internal contemplation, illegible, perhaps meaningless. Why not allow the subject the possibility of revealing his attitude toward life, his neighbor, even the photographer?” – William Klein There is a general… Read more about Learn From the Masters: Lesson #6 Provoke Your Subjects

Learn From the Masters: Lesson #5 Emotionally Detach Yourself From Your Photos

“Sometimes photographers mistake emotion for what makes a great street photograph.” – Garry Winogrand Imagine this situation: it is a cold and rainy day. You are out shooting on the streets, and you are feeling miserable. You haven’t got any good shots all day, despite the fact that you left your warm (and dry) house… Read more about Learn From the Masters: Lesson #5 Emotionally Detach Yourself From Your Photos