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The Vision Collective

In Craft & Vision, Creativity and Inspiration by David17 Comments

Big News. Free eBooks. Huge Charity Impact. And your only chance to join me for a 26 week course that’ll change your photography forever. Only for the next 5 Days. This year’s 5 Day Deal just started and again we have a chance to raise some incredible money for charity and save some huge bucks on some exceptional photographic resources. …

Starting Your Next Personal Project

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There is much talk in the photography world about “personal projects.” Like anything that becomes a catch phrase, the words themselves get more play than the thing they represent. In other words: a lot of talk, much less action. And when it comes to personal projects, action is everything. Here are three ways to gain momentum on your next project. …

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My Fuji Menu Settings

In GEAR, The Craft by David24 Comments

This is a short one. I’ve had a handful of questions asking me how I set up my Fuji cameras and as I set them up almost exactly the same way I’ve always set up my digital cameras, I thought I’d address it here. Don’t let the title fool you, this applies to almost every camera I’ve used in one …

Four (More) Ways to Discover Your Vision

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In Part I of this article, I discussed ways to begin questioning your broader vision as a photographer. That discussion focused on what I would call macro vision; it’s the way you see the world and the way that works itself into your photographs. But what about vision on a smaller scale—the image-by-image scale? How do you look at a scene …

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Best Places

In Pep Talks, The Life Creative, Travel by David8 Comments

After several years of photographing some truly wonderful corners of this planet I get more than a few emails each month asking me where are the best places to photograph in this city or that country. I try to reply helpfully, but what I want so much to say, without sounding like I’m being contrary, is this: there’s no such …

Four Ways to Discover Your Vision (Part I)

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I believe every photographer has vision—to one degree or another, we all have it. Vision is the way we see the world; it’s what we want to say with our photographs, even when that’s just, “Oh my God, look at that.” How we translate our vision into our photographs is the subject of 100 blog posts about the visual language, …

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Seeing Colour

In The Craft, The Life Creative, Thoughts & Theory by David8 Comments

This image is a photograph of two black gondolas on black water. We do not see things as they are but as they look, and the brain will do whatever it can to untangle puzzles like this. So many people will walk past this scene and others like it and never see it. Not truly. They will see it at …

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The End of What It Looks Like

In Pep Talks, The Craft, The Life Creative by David22 Comments

I’m in Melbourne right now – my first time to Australia, and my 50th country. I’m speaking at the Nikon AIPP, an incredible convention filled with some wonderful people. Yesterday I gave the keynote address that opened the conference; it’s a fearful task to inspire people at 8:30am. It was a presentation I’ve been obsessing over for a couple weeks …

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Exposing for Highlights

In The Craft, Tutorials &Technique by David25 Comments

While people rush to buy the latest cameras with the highest dynamic ranges and the latest software that’ll allow simulation of the highest dynamic range possible, and there’s nothing necessarily wrong with that, it helps to remember that every limitation can also be a beautiful creative constraint. On the beach in Moeraki recently, and disappointed by the bright sunlight and …