Christmas is just around the corner now that we have survived the apocalypse. Photographers everywhere will get all sorts of goodies on Christmas morning, or Christmas Eve, depending on the traditions in play. But most will not get what they really need for Christmas. What photographers really need for Christmas is time. Yes, time. Not [...]
Be Courageous In Your Photography, and Life Doing good photography is risky. Living a full life is risky. But can you really be happy doing anything less? The Oxford dictionary defines courage as “the ability to do something that frightens one; bravery” and as “strength in the face of pain or grief”. If you think [...]
It’s been awhile since we covered anything about dyslexia, a name for a whole spectrum of differences in thinking and learning that a higher proportion of people in the creative arts have. Dyslexia brings great benefits, but also issues to overcome. So we cover dyslexia topics whenever we can. Writer and homeschooling mother Kerry Jones, [...]
Boredom plays an undervalued role in stimulating your creativity and improving your photography. On Saturday my wife had an exhibition opening. We all went there early as she had to setup food, etc. There wasn’t anything for my daughter and I to do and no one had really showed up yet so, given that we [...]
HP is a company I have always loved, whose products are well engineered and who have some of the brightest minds in Silicon Valley. So just what has got into HP and all the other computer makers, except Apple? The recent news that HP has dropped the TouchPad a month after the US release and [...]
My latest post on the HP Professional Photography blog is on finding ways to integrate the other passions you have in your life with your photography. Doing so adds many benefits.
Experimental Digital Photography By Rick Doble Lark Photography Books, 2010 ISBN 978-1-60059-517-2 Rick Doble’s Experimental Digital Photography is a timely and excellent book for loosening people up and helping them to break out. The book focuses on the more expressive and creative forms of photography, from using slow shutter speeds and creating extreme blur to [...]
As I look around the web I see so many photographers, including serious, well-respected professional photographers, getting all excited about photography with their iPhones. What’s going on? Well, in the spirit of scientific investigation I have downloaded a bunch of photography apps for my iPhone and will start shooting with them and see for myself. [...]
Phoozl Launches Unique “Alphabetography Photo Challenge” on Facebook Photo games site Phoozl.com has announced the launch of its new, seasonal “Alphabetography Photo Challenge: the Four Seasons” contest as a Facebook Application. The first “Winter” challenge or contest has just begun after the start of the Winter 2010/11 season (in the Northern Hemisphere), and it runs [...]
My latest article on the HP Professional Photography blog is on passion, what it is, why it matters and how to find it. Passionate Photography article
Cal Newport has written a great piece on a process for getting things of a creative nature done when there are other demands on your time. I recommend reading it here. His ideas draw from those of Paul Graham and David Allen and basically revolve around scheduling blocks of time through the week to do [...]
For us creative types there is a real compulsion to create. Exercising our creativity is also a key to maintaining our balance and harmony.
My next post on the HP Pro Photography blog is on the value of integrating photography with your other interests, whether professional or hobby.
Dorothy Simpson Krause’s latest book is a gem. Not specifically about digital processes, but a gem never the less. It is a book about how to make your own artist books. It covers a whole range of techniques and applications and is illustrated bya great selection of artist books.
If you want to understand how to do inkjet transfers onto metal there is no better way than this DVD.
As photographers, we are creative people, though how fully in touch with it we are can vary greatly. For many it defines us, but it can also have a negative side.
Do you give up when out photographing just a little too soon or do you give up when you have a succession of failures with a new technique? If so, you need to read this. You may be tired and decide to pack it in for the day. And of course as soon as you [...]
Just because you are creative, it doesn’t mean you have an excuse not to use the rational part of your brain. Photography and art are both intellectual and creative pursuits and benefit greatly from the application of both. Photography and art are complex and varied disciplines. They are both creative and technical. Depending on the [...]
When it comes to selling your photography and art there is one great aid. Make sure that you have a story about or involving each image. People love a story. One of the things that those of us who are serious about making images forget, whether photography or art, is why other people buy images. [...]