Street photography (and photography in general) is our passion. But the question —
How do we stay inspired and motivated to keep doing it?
The first thought is about composition. I believe the greatest joy of composition and photography is that photography is a game of composition. This means:
The joy of street photography is the joy of trying to create novel compositions.
Then the never-ending quest for us in street photography is
What new types of compositions have yet been attempted or done in street photography?
And once we figure out these compositions, then …
We strive to understand, deconstruct it, then share our findings with others (on our own blog).
2. Life is an MMORPG?
A funny thought:
To travel more, explore more, level up, and become more.
Because what is ‘travel’ always? It is more about ‘questing’– to go on more epic adventures and quests in life.
Thus a simple thought:
Insofar much as you can, travel more, explore more, and dare more.
3. The social aspect
The big reason I love teaching workshops is bringing like-minded individuals together. Half the fun of photography is the social element. To talk, have coffee together, and to chit-chat while shooting street photography.
The big mistake we try to do in photography is the whole ‘lone wolf’ strategy. Humans are not wolves, we are social beings.
In fact, I see street photography as ‘social photography’. Or ‘society photography‘.
Thus anything you can do to photograph society is good.
4. Non-people photos
Street photography doesn’t have to have people in it. I think once you realize this, you will unlock a whole New World of photo opportunity. You can photograph random things on the ground, urban landscapes, abstract patterns, really anything you find interesting in public. Ultimately I think anything you photograph in public places is street photography.
Also another really big thing: shoot macro photos. RICOH GR3 and macro mode is amazing to macros of people faces things textures etc.
6. Play with exposure
Another big thing: to have more fun in street photography, play with exposure compensation. Make photos really really dark or really really bright. Experiment with high key photos and low-key photos.￼￼￼￼
7. Consider yourself a visual artist, not photographer
The notion of being a photographer is riddled with too much preconceived notions. Better to expand your palate, and consider yourself a visual artist rather than just photographer.￼￼￼
Thoughts on my mind
- The best innovation starts off as a piggy back.
- In life, perhaps we should just focus on our photography. More so than building companies, getting rich, etc.
- We must make photography more decentralized.
- DIABLO II as a good looking glass to inspect society and life.
- Innovative ways to publish: mix your photos and videos.
- What is your design philosophy?
BACK TO THE BAY
Experimenting with a new blog design, modifying the WP ASTRA theme (just purchased the lifetime premium version).
Just post it.
Perhaps to become a more productive blogger, just post whatever is on your mind.
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