Here's a thought

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HT1033 - Through

Every exposure you make is purposeful, but not every captured image matures into a finished work of art? Why? What happened between the motivation and the execution? Did we perhaps block the image from working its way through us to a creative output?


HT1034 - Less Is Usually More

My observation is that most photographers — myself included — should be more aggressive in their editing and selection process when deciding which images should be included in a project. Better to have 3 too few than 1 too many.


HT1035 - Worthy, Regardless of the Medium

If you have something of value to share, the choice of medium is one of personal preference and convenience. I choose photography as my medium because I enjoy it. But if I were denied photography as a choice, I would hope that my expression could find a different medium and still be worthy of sharing.


HT1036 - An Elevating Accomplishment

In my generation, producing a hardbound museum-quality book of your photographs was an elevating accomplishment. With its production, you were instantly perceived as a tier above the unpublished. Is this still true today? If not, what is the elevating accomplishment for 21 century photographers?


HT1037 - Car Gear

I've always hesitated to keep a camera permanently in the car. It would be so handy to have one when the unexpected appears, but I'm nervous about keeping my main camera there. What about a camera specifically for that? Ah ha! My tiny Panasonic GM1 to the rescue!


HT1038 - Feature Request

I wish my camera had an option for specifying the number of exposures to capture during burst mode. This would be a great feature for capturing multiples for a Mean Stack Noise Reduction. All it would need is a little software programing.


HT1039 - Test Before You Head Out

Earlier this year I was snookered while out photographing because I was unaware of a flaw in my extension cable release. Luckily, it didn't ruin my session and I was able to get what I wanted, but I was embarrassed that I hadn't tested this use case scenario before I got into the field.


HT1040 - Feathers and Sand

Changing the distance to the subject or changing the focal length of the lens can radically change the level of detail that can be rendered in the final print. Here are two use cases where keeping this in mind can be useful.


HT1041 - My One Piece of Advice

I was recently asked if I had one piece of advice that I'd recommend universally. I do, actually: GET CLOSER. This solves so many weaknesses that I'm not sure you can go wrong by moving in a bit - - or a lot.


HT1042 - My Second Piece of Advice

My second piece of advice (I know, I was supposed to have just one, so sue me) is to not give up on an image too soon. Not every exposure is destined to be a masterpiece, but far too many photographers give up on an image before they've discovered its limits for potential.


HT1043 - Styles and Presets

There's a subtle difference between styles in a layout program and presets in an image editing program. They both have their purpose, but it can be important to understand the differences.


HT1044 - All Desserts

I used the term dessert photography to indicate a certain kind of super duper expialidocious image that is a combination of extraordinary light, extraordinary weather, extraordinary landscape, with an extraordinary moment. These are certainly lovely images and get a lot of attention. But just like dessert there is a limit to how much I'm that kind of photography I can consume before it becomes too much, a bit off-putting, if not downright sickening.


HT1045 - Keywording as a Daily Project

I have about 100,000 images in my Lightroom catalog and 12 months ago a lot of them were not yet keyworded. Using the "chip away at it" philosophy, I've been keywording small groups of them every morning with my first cup of coffee. Keeping at it like this, I'm almost done with keywords for all 100,000 of them.


HT1046 - Four Hundred Images

I was recently listening to a podcast interview with Huntington Witherill. He was asked if he is still working on his body of work that became the book Photo Synthesis. He casually mentioned that he'd stopped working on that project after about 400 finished images. That's not a typo — four hundred images!


HT1047 - Enough Variables

The other day I recorded an episode of Exploring the Back Issues that featured the work of Julie Meridian from her project Specimens that was published in LensWork #82 in 2009. One of the things that struck me in her project was the number of variables she used that keeps the work interesting.


HT1048 - The Handheld Viewing Experience

I was recently having an email exchange with one of our subscribers about the differences between LensWork in print and LensWork on-screen. He much preferred the print edition. On exploring this further, we decided it wasn't as much about media as it was about the handheld experience.


HT1049 - A Way of Life

Wynn Bullock's classic 1973 monograph titled A Way of Life poses a question that is still pertinent to today's photographers: What is photography as a way of life? For 50 years I've tried to develop a deeper understanding of photography as a way of life and I keep coming back to one idea: Cultivating awareness in the moment.


HT1050 - Our Visual Medium

Original prints have an artifact quality that is important. Nonetheless, we must acknowledge that viewing an original print compared to today's high quality commercial offset printing is not the same as it was 80 years ago when an original print was so much better than its commercially printed counterpart.


HT1051 - Photographing Point Lobos

I once made the obligatory trek to the photographic mecca of Point Lobos, knowing that the spirit of Point Lobos had guided Edward Weston and in the hopes that the spirit of Point Lobos would guide me, too. I learned an incredibly important lesson that day.


HT1052 - Be Prepared to Not Take Pictures

What happens when you are out photographing and you are simply not motivated to make photographs? Is it better to push yourself into a creative model, or is there another approach that can get your creative juices flowing?


HT1053 - Your Personal Turning Point

Almost every photographer I've talked to has a turning point story. Something happens and your philosophy and the direction of your photography change dramatically. It's almost as though that is a necessary process in our creative life.


HT1054 - The Problem with White

The problem with pure white is that it has no detail, no texture, and no life. Pure white is the absence of all color and is just a blank spot. The trick with white is to preserve detail.