How to Streamline Your Photography Workflow

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The goal is the most streamlined photographic workflow. Simple ideas:

  1. Just shoot small JPEG (faster buffer speeds, faster time to upload your files, fewer issues with storage space)
  2. Use a preset or filter while you’re shooting in JPEG (for example, high contrast monochrome mode or cross process mode on RICOH GR III). This reduces time when it comes to post-processing. If you decide to shoot RAW, just use presets in Lightroom (FREE ERIC KIM PRESETS)
  3. When sharing your photos, upload and share/publish them to your own blog (self-hosted, WordPress.org) and try using the ‘Tiled Gallery’ function to best publish and share your work.
  4. When reviewing your photos, use the simplest and fastest software possible (for example I like Apple Photos on my laptop, faaaar faster than Lightroom Classic). If you decide to use Lightroom, I recommend the new Lightroom CC (much faster to review photos).
  5. When it comes to any photo matters ask yourself: “Is this going to streamline and *SIMPLIFY* and speed up my workflow, or will it complexify and make it slower and more burdensome?” For example, more megapixels, more problems.

Speed is Paramount

“The service is twofold greater when it is promptly rendered.” – Publilius Syrus

Perhaps the key to success or dominance — optimize for speed. For example Tesla Model S in Plaid+ mode, or Google AMP to speed up the web, or anything in photography which speeds up and streamlines your workflow. We love speed, saving time, having less lag, obstructions and fewer kinks in the pipe!

Perhaps then better to do a fast, speedy and prompt job than no job … or better to do something “poorly” and fast, than slow and never.

Abstract Monochrome Photography

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A fun pursuit and photography assignment:

Shoot high contrast abstract photos in monochrome.

For example:

  1. Shoot under-exposed photos (as dark as possible). -1 or -2 or -3 exposure compensation.
  2. Photograph textures, light, interesting surfaces
  3. Look at the sky, or places with extreme high contrast
  4. Look for faces in gritty textures or beautiful decay (patina, wabi-sabi aesthetics).
  5. Look for patterns, or things which break the pattern (spot the not)

Why Minimalism?

Minimalism because I easily bore of things and nothing satisfies me. I just strive to get the “least hateful” design, and just stick with it — even though it’s never perfect. And when it’s perfect I also easily bore of it.

Thus don’t think of minimalism from an aesthetic or ethical perspective, but a highly practical one.

The best or nothing”, and if you got the best, just stick with one. Towards a “luxury” Spartan design ethos.

Perfect is Boring

Yes perfect exists. But once you get it, achieve it or buy it, things are boring. Thus never seek happiness, fulfillment and satisfaction from perfect — but perhaps the pursuit of perfection is the goal and the way.

TAKE IT BACK TO THE BEGINNING.

“I bought every V12 engine, wish I could take it back to the beginning.” – JAY Z

The purity and innocence of the beginner mind. Take yourself back to your high school self — what did you believe in and dream of, before getting corrupted by the outside external world? Internal desires, motivations and belief systems and ethos over external ones superimposed on you by others or society.

Curiosity.

Curiosity as the root of philosophy. A life with no curiosity is a dead life.

One doesn’t need to cultivate curiosity — one just needs to return to ones childlike curiosity about everything in the world! You don’t need to force a child to be curious — it is just his natural state of being!

Curiosity as the art of observation, and having lots of questions. Sociology as questioning social norms and the way things are traditionally done. To challenge convention as the heart of the curious individual.

Aspire

Aspire
Fly higher
Kiss the wings of God
Keep flying higher
What level are you on?

Aspire
Breathe in hope
No nopes or dopes to hold you back

Keep it black, simple and clean
No need to dream beyond the sheen
You’re the star, you’re the team.

You’re the ultralight beam
Direct and clean
Stay focused and mean
You’ve got this, my brother and queen.

ERIC KIM

Read Less, Think More

More reading means less thinking. If you want to think more, read less and stimulate your brain less.

Extracting More Out of Life

My personal desire and pursuit:

How to extract the maximum out of life.

Seeking maximal engagement, creation, sharing and becoming.

Motivation vs Feedback in Photography

I’m starting to think that what’s more important in photography than feedback and critique is motivation, new ideas, new techniques, new sights and new experiences. Thus don’t worry too much on getting feedback on your photos on how to become a “better” photographer or how to “improve” your photography, but new ways and opportunities to have fun, shoot, innovate and make new images and things!

Motivation over feedback.

EZ PHOTOGRAPHY

Strive to make your photography life more simple and more streamlined, easier. Easier camera settings (program, P mode, autofocus and auto ISO), and make it more fun. The easier we can make the technical settings and the easier the camera we shoot with (RICOH GR III), the more fun we can have in photography, the more we can experiment, adapt, learn and innovate in our photography!

Minimalism as a Motivator

Why minimalism? Not minimalism as just an aesthetic — but minimalism as reducing friction and “activation energy” in your life which means less “paralysis by analysis” decision making in order to get you out more, exploring more, doing more, adventuring more, shooting more, experiencing more, and becoming more.

Thus the goal is to simplify and minimalize all the superfluous details, to solidify and streamline the truly important and critical crucial things in your life — like your hunger for adventure, exploration, art, and photography!

Less is Better

ALL STREET PHOTOGRAPHY IS GOOD.

To be quite honest and frank, nowadays with the global pandemic it is a success to even leave your house.

Thus the new way to think about street photography: no good or bad street photos, it is all good.

Any street photography to get you out of the house, moving interacting with people and shooting is good. Good for your physical health, mental health, and artistic-creative health.

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