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"Perfection is a limitation. Overcome it."
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"Perfection is a limitation. Overcome it."

(Originally written on Aufgust 27, 2012) I came up with this quote a few months ago while thinking about my transition into manual lens photography. In an era in which digital photography and autofocus lenses are commonplace, there is an expectation for images to be crystal sharp and color perfect. And while there are times when such clarity is appealing and necessary, images today can become too mechanical in their...

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Using the Five W's of Journalism to Improve Both My Photography and Life

In journalism, one of the crucial concepts of interviewing taught to reporters in order to deliver newsworthy information is to have them ask and find the answer to who, what, when, where, and why; this is otherwise known as the Five W's of Interviewing. By seeking out the answers to these five questions, a reporter can discover various angles of a story as a well as provide essential information to a reader necessary for...

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The Blogs I Read
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The Blogs I Read

[caption id="attachment_975" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A pretzel cart outside the MOMA.[/caption] As the saying goes, "No man is an island".  And thus, in order to grow as a photographer, a photographer must have sources of inspiration to draw from in order to understand the state of his or her craft. Over the past year or two I have been reading several blogs in order to keep my mind connected to the changing...

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"Just Shoot It Fox!"
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"Just Shoot It Fox!"

[caption id="attachment_901" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A woman reading something off her laptop in Chinatown, NY. Shot with a Vivitar 28mm @ f2.8 at ISO 800 at 1/6 second on an Olympus E-PL2.[/caption] For those who aren't familiar with the quote above, it is from a video game arcade flight shooter called Star Fox 64 where a character named Peppy calls out to your character to "Just shoot it Fox!" during one of the...

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Down But Not Out
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Down But Not Out

[caption id="attachment_844" align="aligncenter" width="600"] East Central Park, New York. ISO 200, Vivitar 28mm on E-PL2 at 1/125 sec @ f/8. Some post processing done on the greens.[/caption] I haven't posted any articles lately due to being depressed with my work. I guess this happens with every artist at one time or another, but lately I've feeling that my work is uninspiring and isn't leading towards anything. Perhaps...

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Going Colorblind

People naturally see in color, yet some of the world's greatest photographs are shot black and white. Beyond the technical aspect that film was originally and only available in black and white, I am still perplexed by both the world's and my own growing desire to keep shooting in this medium amidst the color digital photography era. (Photos taken with an Olympus E-PL2 and a Vivitar 28mm f2.5 lens) [caption...

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Does Using Art Filters Limit Your Style?

Every photographer has a favorite image style of the moment: Black and white. Sepia. Pop Art. Yet, back in the film era there was a manual process in order to "exhibit" this style. A photographer had to buy the proper film, mix the right amount of chemicals, and lastly expose the correct amount of light to the paper in order to get the print to reflect "their" style. Nowadays, however, click a tab via one's favorite program...

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