The number one and most important part of photography is not the camera nor the rules of photography, nor the lenses, the most important part is what you aim the camera at, THE SCENE , if that is dull and boring no camera or lens or rules will fix it, it will still be a boring photo. So read on on how to choose the good scenes and then you can apply all the changes you want.

Monthly Archives: December 2017

Honesty

Honesty

The end of the year is coming, as i am writing this lines it’s 11;50 am so in 12 hours or so it will be 2018, and for many years due to my introverted type that i am i tend to meditate a lot on a lot of things, i don’t know if it’s good or bad beneficial or prejudicial but can’t avoid it so tonight while our guests (family and friends) are celebrating the end of a year and the strart of another i will likely go outside in the very cold weather of California (about 60 degrees at night) and while i gaze at the stars try to gather my thougths and analyze what i have learned this year, and hope it was not a waste of time, which would be a waste of life, because to me time is life, and trying to remember some of the past years life lessons i remembered one, and that was “Honesty” i learned maybe a bit late in life that honesty is a prescious quality that is maybe undervalued in this world, and maybe it didn’t use to be this way because maybe 500 or 300 years a go businesses and deals were sealed just by saying “You have my word” and that was because a mans word was very important because if for some reason his word was not good anymore he would probably lose business. But in this day and age the norm is the opposite, to lie and be deceitful is common not only by people but from companies and it’s increasing as time goes by. So what happens in a world that is based in dishonesty well what happens is that when you find honesty it is like finding gold, it’s so rare that it’s very valuable, and that is because even dishonest people and companies want honest people, but if you work for a dishonest company you will be pressured into doing dishonest things in order to sell and make money for the company or for a person and you will have to decide to become dishonest or quit and stay loyal to your principals.
SO that is what i learned many years ago, Honesty is like gold in this world of dishonest driven people and businesses.
So what does this have to do with photography?
I think it’s the main ingredient for better photos, honesty, being honest with yourself, telling yourself the truth and not succumbing to influences from others, if you see that a photo of one of the gods of photography stinks well don’t kid yourself it stinks, that is being honest with yourself, and don’t be afraid to say it out loud, “Some of Ansel Adams photos stink” or “Some of Cartier Bresson’s photos stink”
and so on and so forth.
Once you have stopped being afraid and not depending on what other photographers think of you-you will be on your way to the road of freedom, freedom that is necessary to build your visual identity, or your photographic identity.

What Is Art

What Is Art

Mark Rothko, born Markus Yakovlevich Rothkowitz, was an American painter of Russian Jewish descent. Although Rothko himself refused to adhere to any art movement, he is generally identified as an abstract expressionist. Wikipedia The art work on the left is a painting made by mr Rothko, and as the Wikipedia description of the artist says he… Continue Reading

Be Original, Think For Yourself

Be Original, Think For Yourself

Imitating is something we all do but should not do because it’s the opposite of being yourself, and the only way to be good at photography is if you take your own photos not like somebody else you admire. Example of imitation is the camera film camera Leica, don’t remember what brand, why is it that a… Continue Reading

How To Be The Best Photographer In The World

How To Be The Best Photographer In The World

You are probably thinking that to be the best photographer in the world you have to have a lot of experience and take very good photos, well it’s not like that. The photos taken by the greatest photographer in the world just have to be different, unique, and if you want to have them technically… Continue Reading

Steps To Be Creative #3

Steps To Be Creative #3

Step # 7 Search in your own likes and dislikes for your passion, what do you like to read, what interest you. Remember the tendency of us all is to think that our tastes and likes are not important, but do not believe that because in your likes is what you are looking for, you have… Continue Reading

Steps To Be Creative #2

Steps To Be Creative #2

Step #4 Take all the rules of photography and throw them into the trash, forget about them, never ever remember them. OMG , (that means Oh My God) and expression of surprise or something similar, so OMG i will be probably be hanged by the tallest tree or maybe sent to photography hell where ever that… Continue Reading

Steps To Be Creative

Steps To Be Creative

We all are born with the need to be part of a group, to be like them, that is why when we are young especially in our teen years peer pressure is very strong and sometimes we do things that we don’t want to do but we do them because we want to belong to that certain… Continue Reading

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up

When i was a kid in elementary school i liked electronics and later in high school i started to like photography so when asked What do you want to be when you grow up i would answer electronics engineer or photographer, then i would get a bunch of opinions, and most of the time i… Continue Reading