I find that quite often, critics, "curators" and members within certain photographic genres love to appoint themselves as authorities on a given subject, constructing their own rigidity around what they feel is a valid identity for "their" genre (as if they own it), while dismissing what they see as illegitimate. In the case of street … Continue reading On clichés and identity as a photographer
Ok, so before I get started, I have to warn you that this is a somewhat technical post (hence the name, "Nerd Notes"). Since I'm a technical guy by training, I have a built-in (though not quite morbid) curiosity around data. The stuff below is not for the faint of heart if you are averse … Continue reading Nerd Notes: Focal Length and The Paradox of Choice
I've had some interesting travel experiences this year. Miami, Mexico, Chicago, New York/New Jersey, and, most recently San Francisco. On many of those trips I barely made any photographs at all, choosing instead to just enjoy the time with my loved ones and make fun memories. As a result, in almost every case I returned … Continue reading Recharging Creative Batteries With A Moment Away
Technologists often refer to a scientific observation famously known as Moore's Law, which originally referred to the rate of increase in the number of transistors in an integrated circuit. Specifically, the observation was that the number of transistors doubles every two years. Over time, this observation has been extrapolated to include many other technical components, … Continue reading Moore’s Law will change your photography. Or maybe not.
It seems the list of photographers who at some point liked to paint/draw or were musicians before picking up a camera is endless (and, increasingly, people who work in IT before discovering photography as a pasttime). Someone should probably conduct some sort of study on what seems to be a higher than normal correlation compared … Continue reading Making the Invisible Visible
From a purely technical perspective, the learning curve for most aspects of photography (especially digital photography) is not particularly steep. In fact, if one is simply curious or foolish enough to keep experimenting with new approaches, experience - the sheer act of doing - is generally a better teacher than most technical photography workshops. That … Continue reading Nerd Notes: Preventing Light Leak and Loss of Contrast in Digital Long Exposure Photographs
In high school, I spent much of my time as an underachieving B- student. It wasn't that school was particularly difficult from an academic perspective; I was so distracted with video games, girls and basketball that I was simply content to get by with passing grades. There was also an infectious insanity prevailing some of … Continue reading Do we need mediocrity?