A philosophical idea: never settle.
A philosophical idea: never settle.
Channeling my inner #nietzsche — art is the stimulus which makes life exciting and worth living!
What makes a good photo? I traced some of my favorite Henri Cartier-Bresson compositions to find out more for myself:
All my favorite street photography:
Street photography is great because it’s the most affordable, open, and democratic form of photography out there. All you need is a cheap camera, the desire to walk and explore, and your own confidence to shoot! Here’s what I consider the best cheap cameras for street photography:
Here are some simple street photography principles which I believe can empower you in your photography!
A simple yet powerful idea– happiness is creating! Specifically– if you want to be “happier” in life, seek to create more!
The word encumbered means to be ridden with debt. And we all know the way that people accumulated wealth in the past: sell those who had debt into slavery.
Some more photo philosophizing: what we are trying to do as photographers is to communicate our life experiences, our perspective, and to transmit the emotion and mood we feel to the viewer!
When I was a child (around 9 years old-12 years old), I grew up on the comic book, ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ (written and illustrated by Bill Watterson). Almost 20 years later (I’m 30 years old now), I actually appreciate it MORE! I never realized quite how philosophical it was– (Calvin and Hobbes is an homage to the protestant theologian John Calvin and Thomas Hobbes):
A thought: recognize that everything is permitted in photography. There’s no rules; only tips and ideas. Shoot photography, select your photos, process your photos, and share your photos however you desire or see fit!
A random thought: I think one of the best ways to conquer depression is via photography; using photography as a tool to improve your mood, elevate your energy, and to see life with more hope, optimism, and joy!
A simple thought to find more joy in your life: enjoy your present moment right now, without thinking of the future!
A practical thought: to live a happier life, live a simpler life!
The biggest sucker mistake we make in life is not shooting, and falling victim to “paralysis by analysis” before shooting a photo.
A question I’m curious about: what is style, why is important, is it important, how do you define style, and how to determine your style?
Super excited for everyone’s past assignments! (Assignment 1 Cafe, Assignment 2 Park, and Assignment 3 Elderly) We wanted to post the last assignment early so that everyone has chance to submit to all the assignments before August 12, when we announce the winners and grand prizes (Grand prize: Saigon Satchel with Street Notes, Street Hunt, Photo Journal & Film Notes print editions; 2nd prize: Street Photography Starter Kit; Third Prize: Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Mastering Photography Online Udemy Course!)
Currently working on a new photography book with my friend JOSH WHITE; here are some behind-the-scenes of my design process in Adobe InDesign:
David Cheng: a good friend of mine (he’s the one who gave Cindy the Lumix LX100), and also the Leica CL, Leica M10, and Leica M-D to test out. Oh yeah, he’s also a really good street photographer, designer, writer, and illustrator!
Don’t miss your unique opportunity to elevate your street photography composition by attending my new and exciting NYC Dynamic Street Photography Composition Workshop (October 13-14th, 2018); all-day Saturday and Sunday.
One of my students Luis Casadevall recently went to Cuba and shot monochrome. Here is some of my feedback for his photos (very strong set) — so hopefully you can learn (below are my comments, and feedback/critique):
If you want a sharp and compact camera, get the RICOH GR II (no anti aliasing filter, which means super sharp photos!):
The LEICA M-D; the ultimate zen minimalist digital camera.
My buddy (the ancient Greek, pre-socratic) philosopher Anaxagoras has some pretty fantastic atomic theories in philosophy. A basic concept is that everything is comprised of dark and light, and other opposites. The reason this was fascinating to me was this: the word “composition” literally means “what something is comprised of, or made of”. Therefore a photographic composition isn’t just lines, shapes, and forms (as Henri Cartier-Bresson believed it to be), but actually something deeper; the contents of a photograph, and why a photograph has power, dynamic emotions, and soul!
I believe it is self evident and obvious that all of us as photographers seek “happiness” in our photography. But what does that even mean? How can one achieve happiness in photography? Is happiness everlasting in photography? What role does money, fame, and external measures of success play into photography? Let’s examine. #photolosophy