I’m amazed — the effect of shooting with a flash during the day (in bright sunlight) improves your photos so much![Read more…] about Shoot with a Flash During the Day (in Bright Sunlight)
In life it seems the best strategy is to never stop advancing, moving forward, against any adversaries or difficulties.[Read more…] about Advance
No more complaining for me.[Read more…] about Don’t Complain; Change.
John Wick: one of my favorite films of all-time (both the first and second). Also great cinematography![Read more…] about John Wick 1 Cinematography v1
Smaller is better.
- For phones, smaller phones are better: Less thumb pain for texting a lot, lighter weight (less strain on hands), generally cheaper than larger devices (iPhone as cheaper than iPhone Max), easier to use/text with one hand, and generally higher pixel density in display.
- For cameras, point and shoot cameras as the best cameras: Fits in your front pocket, you can shoot with it all the time, you always have the camera with you and ready to shoot. Also in street photography, you are less suspicious looking, and attract less attention. RICOH GR II as a perfect camera.
- Smaller laptops: Lighter, more compact, less strain when carrying and ability to take it with you everywhere you go. I’ll never buy a big laptop.
- Smaller cars: Easier to park, ability to park in super small spots, cheaper, more affordable on gas, and generally more fun to drive. My 1990 Miata (no air conditioning, no power steering) as one of the most fun cars I’ve ever driven.
- Video cameras: Instead of a big video camera, ease of using GoPro, your phone, or the new DJI Video vlogging camera. Smaller video camera setup easier to use, and less conspicuous in public.
- Smaller headphones: Better to use in-ear monitor headphones than the big noise canceling ones. More compactable in your bag, and less bulk and weight when traveling. Or in general, the joy of the new Apple Airpods for smallness and ease of use.
When Nothing Compelling Exists, Don’t Buy New Things for the Sake of It![Read more…] about Late Adopter
If you’re interested in what you’re working on, most likely others will be too![Read more…] about Only Create What Interests You
In my never-ending quest to simplify my photographic workflow (and also my life workflow) — I’ve discovered that Apple Photos is actually a very strong alternative to Adobe Lightroom (or perhaps– even superior?)[Read more…] about In Praise of Apple Photos
What is the purpose of making timeless art if you’re not going to be around to reap the benefits of your own efforts?[Read more…] about Never Stop Making Artwork which Impresses You, and Share Them!
In praise of an uncertain, risky, and more fun/adventurous life![Read more…] about Why Live Life Entrepreneurially?
Don’t seek inspiration from outside of yourself; seek to inspire yourself with your own photos, your own images.[Read more…] about Inspire Yourself with Your Own Images
One of the best ways to speed up your photographic workflow:
[Read more…] about #jpegonly
Only shoot JPEG, don’t bother with additional post-processing, and just share/upload your photos directly!
My buddy Jeffrey Lam is currently writing a paper on “Existential Health”; the idea that now, health is more of a philosophical issue.
Which made me realize: at this point photography is the same. Photography is an existential (philosophy of purpose) thing![Read more…] about Existential Photography
It seems no matter how exciting or interesting or good something is, we will adapt to it.
Which makes me wonder:
[Read more…] about Adaptation
How can we best live our lives, considering we will adapt to almost everything in life?
A thought while watching John Wick 2:
[Read more…] about Are Point-and-Shoot Cameras the Best Cameras?
John Wick seems to ultimately prefer his pistols (small, most versatile gun). Perhaps we as photographers should also prioritize our smallest and most effective cameras– aka point-and-shoot cameras?
To ‘edit‘ your project means to select your favorite photos for a certain project. Here are some practical thoughts and tips on editing your own photography projects:[Read more…] about How to Edit Your Own Photography Projects
We all want to make good, great, or “better” photos. But a lot of us lack the inspiration to shoot every day, or we lack the motivation to shoot every day. Or perhaps we are too tired. Or nothing around us in our environment inspires us.
So the question is:
[Read more…] about Is it Really Possible to Make Good Photos Anywhere You Are?
Is it possible to make good or interesting photos where we live, or anywhere we are? Is it necessary for you to live in a big city or to be constantly traveling to exotic places to make good photos?
I think it is good to have idols and role models who inspire you, and people which motivate you to greatness.
[Read more…] about Become Greater than Your Idols
Perhaps we should strive to BECOME GREATER than those who came before us, and to become GREATER than idols we admire (who are still alive today).