The Art of (Avoiding) Seduction
I’m in Pensacola, Florida. This dune was in Galveston, Texas. I’m a few days behind on importing new images.
Woke up early this morning and went walking with my camera, tripod and a thermos of coffee to shoot the lagoon in the morning mist. I was churning something over in my mind and it struck me as something that might be worth sharing.
Don’t allow yourself to be seduced by your subject matter. A beautiful scene isn’t necessarily a beautiful photograph.
Don’t allow yourself to be seduced by how hard you worked to get that photograph. You can climb Everest and still make a photograph that illicits only apathy.
Don’t allow yourself to be seduced by the gear you made the photograph with. Your new 24 megapixel camera or 600mm lens wonn’t make it a great photograph, they just create the potential for filling a really big frame with stuff that didn’t look great at 80, 200, or 400mm.
Instead allow yourself to be seduced by, and fall in love with the light, the moment, and the geometry of the frame. Fall in love with those things, and then work hard with the gear you have, be it an iPhone or Leica, to show us something beautiful (or unjust or funny or ironic or…)
Since the Switch
Shooting portraits in the desert on the shores of Lake Turkana, Northern Kenya with a Nikon D3s, 300/2.8 VR II, and Gitzo Ocean Traveler. Photo Credit: Corwin Hiebert. As many of you already know, my transition to Nikon happened much faster than I anticipated. I got a lot of curious emails and tweets about The […]
Don’t Break The Rules
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Life Is Short
This isn’t really one of those helpful photographic posts, so if you’re jonesin’ for info on what gear I’m packing for New Zealand, you might want to just kind of move along But I’m bursting to say these things, and I’m hoping someone out there needs to hear. I do. As some of you know […]
So what do you do when you feel your vision has abandoned you? That it’s dried up or gone missing? I talked about this while I was in Kathmandu on a personal level but I’m seeing it all over the internet and in emails from friends. I can’t be the only one. The downside to […]