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Seth Godin on Creativity and What Matters

Photographer and entrepreneur Chase Jarvis interviews big thinker and author Seth Godin in his video series “30 Days of Genius.” This is a great conversation about many things I think about often, but in particular pay careful attention to Seth’s definition of art, and what it means to be an artist.

Another point which he emphasizes quite directly is that getting caught up in specific techniques, methodologies, and formulas is  really not that useful. Everyone wants the shortcuts, but what makes the difference is that you work consistently, always focused on work that “might not work.” That means you’re putting yourself out there on a limb where failure is ever present, instead of playing it safe with what’s expected.

The whole discussion is fascinating with many insights for anyone who aspires to be more creative, especially photographers. Listen and think deeply about what really matters.

What matters? “The simplest answer is would they miss you if you were gone…Anything worth doing is worth doing because you changed someone else.” – Seth Godin

B&H Optic 2016: Essentials of Creative Composition in Landscape Photography-Video

Creative composition is a topic I’m really passionate about, and I was honored and grateful to have been invited to speak about it at the B&H Optic 2016 Conference a few weeks ago. Here’s the video recording of my presentation – enjoy. Also, be sure to check out the other videos from the amazing list of speakers at the conference, including Michael Kenna and John Paul Caponigro.

Feel free to leave your feedback or questions below!

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Essentials of Creative Composition in Landscape Photography – Video

Strong composition is one of the essential ingredients of landscape photography, yet it remains difficult and elusive for most of us. While the art of composition is learned through practice and experience, there are fundamental concepts that can help to improve your ability to make stronger images.

In this recent presentation at the B&H Event Space in NYC, I had the opportunity to share these fundamental concepts, and examples of how I use them in my own work. I hope it inspires you to apply them to your own image making. Enjoy!

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Creative Developing in Lightroom Video – Fog at Sugarloaf

Creative photography not only involves the work you do in the field, but also how you approach the processing stage. Your goal should be to let your vision for the image serve as a creative guide from beginning to end, whether that’s a finished file or a fine art print. It’s an approach that I believe yields better results, gives you a much better sense of creative direction, and enables you to use the tools in Lightroom much more effectively. Why to use a tool becomes much more important than how. 

Check out my latest screencast where I share my creative approach in processing a recent Photo Journal image: Fog at Sugarloaf. (The original post explains my notes on the making of the image.)

Please share your questions, comments or feedback below – I’m always happy to clarify or help in any way I can.

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