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How to Become a Stoic Photographer

Dear friend, For those of you who follow this blog — you know that I am a big fan of “stoic” philosophy — essentially how to be a badass in today’s unpredictable, chaotic, and insane world.

Only 5 Spots Left

If you’re looking for an epic trip of a lifetime, don’t miss out on my upcoming week-long Hanoi to Sapa Travel Street Photography Experience (Feb 8-13, 2017):

Tokyo Contacts

Dear friend, I want to show you some of my behind-the-scene “contact sheets” from Tokyo — to show you how I got some of my favorite shots:

Shoot Your Mind

“In writing, do not let a hair’s breadth separate you from the subject. Speak your mind directly; go to it without wandering thoughts.” – Basho Don’t shoot in a fancy manner.

What I’m Grateful For

Dear friend, I am currently with Cindy in Hanoi, experiencing our first Thanksgiving away from home.

Eric Kim Presets

Dear friends, As a gift, download Eric Kim Lightroom Presets 2017 (my newest free collection of Lightroom Presets).

Haptic Holiday Sale

Cindy and I want to thank you for your support, with this special Holiday Bundle Sale only available for until 8am (Pacific standard time) December 24, 2016. Amazon orders of individual items will still continue to be accepted and shipped as usual. [wpdevart_countdown text_for_day=”Days” text_for_hour=”Hours” text_for_minut=”Minutes” text_for_second=”Seconds” countdown_end_type=”time” end_date=”23-12-2016 23:59″ start_time=”1482488367″ end_time=”0,31,41″ action_end_time=”hide” content_position=”center” top_ditance=”10″ bottom_distance=”10″ ][/wpdevart_countdown]  

Keep Innovating, Or Die

I read something interesting recently — the idea that for an organism to prevent dying— it must constantly add complexity and energy to itself.

Sunlanders by Sean Lotman

Sean Lotman just published the most incredible color street photography book — titled Sunlanders.

Kyoto Diary 2016

Dear friend, I am currently at the Kansai international airport (closest airport to Kyoto), just downed a double-espresso from Tully’s (pretty good), and wanted to use this time before my flight back to Hanoi to reflect on my trip in Kyoto.

Don’t Define Yourself

I recently re-read the “Tao Te Ching” and came across a quote that said something like, “If you define yourself, you will never know who you truly are.”

Sean Lotman on Composition

I consider Sean Lotman the best color street photographer in Japan (if not, my personal favorite contemporary street photographer). He just published “Sunlanders” — like looking at Japan through acid or LSD.

Tokyo Diary 2016

Dear friend, I am currently on the shinkansen (rapid bullet train) from Tokyo and Kyoto, and on this 2-hour trip, want to reflect on my experiences shooting, eating, and experiencing Tokyo:

20 Life Lessons Epictetus Can Teach You

Out of all the Stoic philosophers in history, Epictetus was certainly one of the brightest ones — as well as the ones that walked the walk (in addition to talking the talk).

A.B.C. (Always Be Creating)

Dear friend, I don’t know what the secret to “happiness” is— but I know that I am the least miserable, least anxious, and least stressed when I am creating.

Simplicity and Persistence

I was doing some research on the photographer Irving Penn, and I was drawn to two words that characterized his photography and life: simplicity and persistence.

How to Get into the Zone in Street Photography

One of the best feelings when I’m shooting street photography is getting into the “zone” — the feeling when I am being the most creative, the most concentrated, and hours fly by.

20 Lessons From Publilius Syrus

Publilius Syrus was a former slave— turned playwright and philosopher, who was best known for his “aphorisms” — a collection of self-contained quotes which is full of insight, wisdom, and advice.

Have Simple Goals

“A happy man is he who obtains his wishes easily.” – Publilius Syrus We all need goals or a sense of direction in our photography in life.