A simple question: why walk?
Archives for August 2018
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!
An aesthetic and life philosophy I strive towards; subtracting the superfluous.
My good friend and former workshop student Martin just made a new YouTube video on 3 practical street photography composition tips. Give the video a watch and subscribe to him here.
Shoot more with your phone. Why? Some ideas:
Take your photography seriously — it is your art-work, the expression of your soul, and what gives you the spirit to live!
Impossible, or improbable?
A fun idea to ponder: aren’t you curious what your limits are?
What I think differentiates a good photographer and a great photographer is this: a great photographer is a better observer of the world around them! But how can we observe better as photographers, and why observe better?
The New ERIC KIM PORTFOLIO BAG: Create, travel, be prepared for every photography adventure EVERYDAY.
A philosophical question — why be noticed?