Happy Monday friends! I just wanted to send you some quick inspiration, tips, and ideas.
Inspiration from our buddy Henri Cartier-Bresson
First of all, I wanted to send you some epic PDF’s of some composition studies I did of Henri Cartier-Bresson, whose photographic genius (has yet) been contested. The closest competitor is Josef Koudelka, but I still think that there is something about HCB which is a step beyond.
Also for your viewing pleasure, I made a YouTube slideshow:
You can also learn more about HCB here: 17 Lessons Henri Cartier-Bresson Has Taught Me About Street Photography >
The great thought for this week: better shoot bad photos than no photos.
After studying 30+ years of Henri Cartier-Bresson, what I learned is this:
The point is to never run out of inspiration in photography.
The sad thing about HCB is this:
He gave up photography.
Why did he give up photography? Maybe he got bored. Maybe he stopped challenging himself. I’m not sure why, but trying to be too much of a perfectionist in photography is bad.
The practical idea:
Shoot a lot, every day, and in 30 years, of course you’re going to make some great photos!
Where to share your photos
Best to share your own photos to your own website/blog (start your own website using bluehost.com and wordpress.org). Second best is to upload your photos to arsbeta.com to get real feedback on your photos.
Experiences never die:
- Jan 16-19: Mexico City Travel Street Photography Adventure – OPEN!
- Feb 29-Mar 1: NEW ORLEANS Street Photography Experience – NEW!
- March 21-22: Boston Discover Your Unique Voice in Photography Workshop – OPEN!
- April 25-26: CHICAGO Street Photography Experience (info TBA)
- August 27-30: SAIGON, VIETNAM Street Photography Adventure (info TBA)
For personal assistance regarding upcoming workshops please email my manager Neil at firstname.lastname@example.org
Quick Photo Tips
- When in doubt, ditch. You have the rest of your life to make great photos. When you are reviewing (editing) your photos, only keep the photos you consider great.
- To become a great photographer, aspire to become GREATER than the masters of photography you admire. For example it is my current ambition to become GREATER than Henri Cartier-Bresson (thus I study him in-depth, in order to learn his secrets, and to become more than him).
- Enjoy the process: Let us assume you will live to be 120 years old in excellent health. Longevity is key. How can you stay inspired to shoot BEYOND 120 years of age? I think the secret is to enjoy the process.
Never stop shooting:
- How to be Inspired
- Eternal Creation in Photography
- How to Create Mood in Your Photography
- How to Find Inspiration
- Why Do You Need “Inspiration” to Shoot?
- How to Find Inspiration In Your Photography
- 101 Inspirational Street Photography Quotes
If you’ve hit “photographer’s block” or need some motivation, read these articles below:
- How to Overcome Photographer’s Block
- How to Overcome Boredom with Photography
- Never Stop Growing as a Photographer
- Just Shoot.
- 5 Things to Do If You’ve Lost Your Passion for Photography
- How to Have Unshakeable Confidence in Yourself
- Don’t Give Up On Your Dream
- Don’t Waste Your Potential
- Unlock Your Potential
- Empower Others With Your Photography
- Why You Shouldn’t Follow Your Passion in Photography