The problem: we always under-shoot a scene. It is rare that we see a good scene, If you see anything that interests you, ‘shoot the shit out of it’ as Trent Parke says.
In Saigon, I have gotten friendly with this security guard outside of one of my favorite coffee shops. After about 5 hours of caffeinated bliss, I went outside, and said goodbye. I then noticed his pose, and crossed hands. I ‘worked the scene’ and wasn’t sure which shot would be the best.
In terms of composition, I tried to simplify the edges of the frame (clean background).
So the moral of the story:
HAPTIC INDUSTRIES: a win for you and me.
- “If your photos aren’t good enough you’re not close enough.” – Robert Capa
- Better compositions: look at the edges of your frame (don’t get tunnel-visioned in the center of the frame).
- For a month, shoot all your photos at .7 msters (1 arm length away)
- To break out of shooter’s block, shoot 1,000 photos in a day.
- Have fun and be creative everyday.
- Ask yourself, “Why do I make photos?”
- Make photos for yourself, never for anyone else.
- Before you upload a photo, ask yourself: “Do I like this photo?”
- There are no “good” or “bad” photos. Only authentic and inauthentic photos to you.
- The best photos to make: photos of your family, loved ones, and yourself (honor thy selfie).
- Be picky about what you decide to photograph, but once you find a scene or subject you like, shoot 36 photos (a whole roll of film) on it.
- When in doubt, over-expose on film. You can always recover highlights on film, never can you recover shadows.
- When you’re starting off, shoot outdoors at f8, ISO 400, and just adjust your shutter speed. Use a smartphone light meter app.
- For monochrome bliss, shoot Kodak Tri-X and “push” to ISO 1600.
- Grain is beautiful.
- Black on black on black, your only wrist strap, for the #RICOHMAFIA
- Wear your camera like a wrist chain, and shoot from the brain.
- Also shoot from the gut, know you make your own luck.
- JUST SHOOT IT.
- Wear your camera on your neck, and make it rain with your photos, ever-flowing checks.
- Feel STRONG, and shoot all day long.
- Be ready before the decisive moment.
- Work the scene (make at least 10 photos of each scene you find interesting)
- Wander and shoot the streets like if it were your first time, and be kind to your subjects, don’t treat them like “photo objects.”
- Make art, don’t just sit and stare.
- Wherever you want to go creatively, we’ll take you there.
- “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci
- Wear your ideal camera proudly, and shoot loudly.
- YOU ARE A PHOTOGRAPHER.
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