Basic idea: as a photographer, if you’re shooting street photography (or photographing anything that is moving), you are tracking the movement of the subject. The movement of the subject moving towards you, away from you, or in different directions. But how can we apply this machine learning concept of ‘image tracking’ to our photography? Some ideas:
Dali is the original surrealist:
Tip: Use the VSCO “distoria” filter to check whether your composition is good or not:
I want to make the case why you might want to become an entrepreneur.
Bounding boxes are a fascinating concept for photographers– and a concept that many machine learning folks use to classify images, and detect images.
To curate your photos means to ‘care’ about your photos. So when you’re curating your portfolio; figure out which photos really speak to you — and why they speak to you!
I met a guy named Ryan at ‘Backyard Brew‘ in Palo Alto, and was super inspired by him — he taught me this concept of the ‘straight line’: directly do what you want to do, without getting distracted by money or other kinks in the link.
A basic idea: we are constantly in a state of becoming, a state of flux as photographers, artists, philosophers, and humans.
A simple question: why walk?
Perfection is Undesirable:
In life, I think it is good to always have the spirit of improvement, however I think we need to be careful of the Cerberus (false ideal) of perfection.
Something I want to reflect with you is this:
What is image quality, is it important, why is it important, and what is the function of image quality? And is there an objective way to judge image quality– or is it all subjective?
Treat photography as visual experimentation. Have fun with it! And be like a visual scientist; never stop experimenting!
Taking photos is easy; curating your best photos is hard.
My best pictures (so far):
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci
A practical idea: in photography, life, and art, strive to keep your work super super simple.
A powerful idea I got from my buddy Nietzsche; in order to grow, we need BOTH pain and pleasure!
How do you know if you’re making progress in your photography? Is it important to make progress in your photography?
In the philosophy of photography and aesthetics, we can categorize photos into a binary categorization: either beautiful or ugly. But what makes a photo beautiful or ugly? Or what makes things beautiful or ugly?
A simple technique we can integrate into our photography — let us draw imaginary red arrows whichever direction our subjects are looking, or the direction they are walking!
In photography, one of the most challenging tasks we have:
How do we know whether we should keep or ditch a certain photo?
This is what inspired me to build ARS BETA with my friend Kevin, Cindy, and Annette, to make a photography platform which helps you select your best photos!
I love wide-angle lenses. Why? Let me share:
Some of my favorite and may best street photography pictures, and why I think they are good:
One of the most difficult challenges we have as photographers is to find inspiration to shoot new photos. Some practical ideas:
To critique a photo means to judge a photograph. But some questions to tackle: why critique photos, how to critique photos and what value do we get from photo critiques? In building up ARS BETA, I wanted to share some practical ideas on photography critique.
To be happier in life, create more!