To the uninformed the Olympus AF-1, Or the "Super" version in my case, looks like a very appealing camera. It is automatic, reasonably well made, and has a fast 35mm F/2.8 lens. How can you go wrong at the price that they go for, right? And to be fair it does have a lot of features I like, but …Read More
Style. Its something that is valued highly by artists. People spend years, decades even, perfecting their unique creative style. In photography, it may be how you compose your photographs, it could be the subject matter of your images, or it may just be the color scheme you apply to your photographs in Photoshop or Lightroom.
I photograph what might fall into the genre of "documentary" photographs. But that being said, my subjects, while they are most often photographed for a project of some kind, are wide ranged and extremely varied. Because of this, in the past I have been very preoccupied by trying to discover some sort of distinct style within myself. In this endeavor, my efforts have bordered on obsession, and even my photographs themselves have suffered because of it at times. Why I did this, i honestly can't fully explain. I know It was sparked by a professor that remarked on several occasions that my photographs lacked coherence and direction, but beyond that I don't know. Maybe it was some kind of creative boredom, or perhaps it was insecurity in the validity of my work. What I do know is that it has always been an unseen undertone of my creative process.
The thing is, the more I look at my own work, the more I realize that the whole idea of "finding your style" is nonsense. Looking back at my own work, I can see a clear style within each phase of my work, as well as a widespread look that my images have had almost since I started taking photographs. While it is true that you can make a conscious decision to imprint a desired look to your photographs, when it comes to finding your own style, only time will tell what that may be. The more I think about it, the more I am of the mindset that if you don't have a style already, you just haven't taken enough photographs to find it.
It's just after 1:30 am as I'm writing this. I should be asleep, but instead I'm writing. Thats a thing I'm trying to do more often - just write. I have pages and pages of notes going on my phone for this reason. Most of them are sort of meaningless, or only meaningful to me, but there are a few ideas I think are worth sharing, and this is one of them.
Your Influences don't define you …Read More
For a while now I have been getting less and less interested in image quality. And not in that photo hipster way where I want my photos to look like s*** quality-wise. I am beginning to simply place far more value in the usability, process, and techniques associated with cameras than their image quality alone. Over the past 6 months or so I have had the pleasure of trying out dozens of different film cameras. While there have beenRead More
When starting out in film photography, a normal lens should be among the first lenses you should buy. They're compact, easy to compose with, and best of all, they can be used for just about anything you'll want to shoot. There are about a million different 50mm lenses available for any given mount, but nikons lineup is even more intimidating because of the confusing labels given to certain lenses …Read More