LensWork - Photography and the Creative Process

LensWork - Photography and the Creative Process

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Random Observations on Art, Photography, and the Creative Process.


HT0231 - Edges
Oct 17
Here’s a thought … Wherever there is an edge, there is potential for a great photograph. In a print, wherever there is an edge or a corner, a distraction is magnified. In photography, manage the edges and your photography will improve.
HT0230 - An Inspiration from Japan
Oct 16
Here’s a thought … The Zen monk Sengai (d. 1837) simply refused to do work on commission or for sale. For him, artwork was a joy to experience, not a commodity to exchange for good and services.
HT0229 - The Odd One
Oct 15
Here’s a thought … No matter how much you love an image, if it doesn’t fit with the rest of them in the project, it has simply got to go.
HT0228 - Sketches
Oct 14
Here’s a thought … Inspiration for today’s photography from a Victorian author from 180 years ago.
HT0227 - What’s Really Necessary
Oct 13
Here’s a thought … Minimizing the barriers and hindrances between our creative mind and the photograph we want to make. Gear, distractions, habits, history.
HT0226 - Orchestrating the Light
Oct 12
Here’s a thought … On days with flat light (especially in the landscape), I often previsualize some sort of manufacture in post-processing of some sort of shadow I can create artificially.
HT0225 - Tools and Why
Oct 11
Here’s a thought … Leaning new techniques or employing new tricks is one thing, but knowing when to use a technique or a preset is even more important.
LW1174 - Precision
Sep 26
Strange as it may sound, I do miss the precision demanded of me by the processes in the wet darkroom. Perhaps it’s time to recognize that precision is still required, but in a different area of our art life. You might be interested in … We wish to thank…
LW1173 - Practical Tech
Aug 22
Here is a partial wish-list of practical features I’d love to see added to the next generation of cameras - or better yet, included in the next firmware update for my existing camera! You might be interested in … If you like Brooks Jensen’s podcasts,…
LW1172 - Our Own Judgment
Jul 24
If you want to sell you photographs, you’d better be willing to let go of your internal motivations and produce the photographs the market demands - even if that’s dewy spider webs and kittens playing with yarn. You might be interested in … If you like…
LW1171 - Motivations versus the Market
Jul 16
If you want to sell you photographs, you’d better be willing to let go of your internal motivations and produce the photographs the market demands - even if that’s dewy spider webs and kittens playing with yarn. You might be interested in … If you like…
LW1170 - Submit
Jul 12
Time to send in your work for review and possible publication in LensWork. Why not? Our Submission Guidelines can be found at our website. You might be interested in … If you like Brooks Jensen’s podcasts, check out his new video series titled, “Here’s a…
LW1169 - Beyond Geometry
Jul 9
Most people think of composition as a matter of placement, lines, and controlling eye movement. Beyond geometry there is the language of composition. A short discussion of four of the most important bits of compositional vocabulary. You might be…
LW1168 - Here’s a thought … audios
Jun 24
As many of you already know, a few months ago we started a new series called Here’s a thought that are short 1-2 minute videos, posted pretty much daily, where the focus is on ideas that are best presented in a short format - unlike our regular podcasts.…
LW1167 - Get On with It
Jun 20
Artists who stick to a schedule are always more productive than those who don’t. Of course, we can’t schedule when we will have a creative insight, but we can schedule when we will put forth effort. You might be interested in … If you like Brooks Jensen’s…
LW1166 - I Am a Photographer
Jun 18
What is photography to you in your life? How do you define success? You might be interested in … If you like Brooks Jensen’s podcasts, check out his new video series titled, “Here’s a thought…” These short 1-2 minute videos will give you a daily dose of…
LW1165 - Questions
Jun 6
A stream of consciousness exercise that asks questions I found useful in deflating a recent attack of GAS - “Gear Acquisition Syndrome”. You might be interested in … If you like Brooks Jensen’s podcasts, check out his new video series titled, “Here’s a…