An excerpt from the upcoming book “Seeing Simplified – 100 Photographic Deliberations” – Part 3

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I am excited to share with you a few more deliberations from my upcoming book, “Seeing Simplified – 100 Photographic Deliberations.” I hope you enjoy this Simplicity-In-Seeing exclusive.  Look up Upside Down One of my most important goals in photography is to present my viewer with a sample of the visual world. Most of us photograph close to home so we are exposed to familiar visuals and situations. Nevertheless, a creative photographer who is a careful and dedicated observer should …

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An excerpt from the upcoming book “Seeing Simplified – 100 Photographic Deliberations” – Part 2

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Today I am delighted to share with you another excerpt from my upcoming book, “Seeing Simplified – 100 Photographic Deliberations.” I hope you enjoy this Simplicity-In-Seeing exclusive.  Embrace the Shadow Krakow There would be no photography without light and shadow. It is amazing how many photographers are dismissive of this truism. In the meantime, those dark areas in your image often play a crucial role navigating your viewer toward your subject or even providing a black canvas for the entire …

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An excerpt from the upcoming book “Seeing Simplified – 100 Photographic Deliberations”

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  I am delighted to share with you an excerpt from my upcoming book, “Seeing Simplified – 100 Photographic Deliberations.” I hope you enjoy this Simplicity-In-Seeing exclusive. Fleeting moments… A hand in the air, X100F,  1/1000 sec at f/7.1 One of the key themes in this book is observation. If you really pay attention to what’s happening around you will notice that you get better and better at anticipating situations on the street. I was watching an older gentleman walking …

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First Conference Call

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Hello My Photographic Friends, Last month we had our first Simplicity-In-Seeing conference call. I know that many could not participate for various reasons and requested some sort of an update or recording. For now, we don’t have a recording so let me share some points. We would like to do conference calls on a regular basis, ideally every month (an announcement is coming for the next one!). The JoinMe me platform works best if you use it through a joinme …

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Creating new visuals AFTER the capture

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Jason, one of our subscribers sent me this question: “Usually I try to compose my pictures the best I can in the camera and only need to do minor cropping when editing. But sometimes I see something interesting, e.g., shapes, people and light but can’t get close enough due to traffic or other things. I’m currently shooting with an X100f so no zoom there except for digital zoom but a bit slow sometimes. I would sometimes see something interesting and take …

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In search of a new “seeing” – manoeuvring visual risk-taking in a risk-averse photographic world.

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Olafphoto discusses the importance of pushing a photographer’s vision and entering a new world of seeing. Why, despite all the personal and social pushbacks, this approach is a must for every creative photographer. Kevin, one of our subscribers, asked a very important question. He wrote: “As you know, your attitude and imagery inspire me a lot. Lately, I challenge myself and take visual risks. However, when I show my pictures to my friends they react differently; it’s like they don’t …

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One of the greatest secrets in photography – mystery in visuals

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Olafphoto discusses the importance of mystery in creating imagery and its impact on the viewer. The importance of light, framing and storytelling is examined, with specific examples. This is a must-read piece for every photographer striving to create strong and original imagery. Photography appears to be an easy exercise. You look at a scene, point your camera toward your subject and press the shutter button. The subject might be interesting enough, the light might be great, the composition might even …

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How to ‘see’ at each focal length (Part 1)

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Robert, one of our subscribers, asked this very question. I have briefly touched on the subject in numerous articles on my blog but I have never taken on this issue face to face. While going through my notes and working on this article I soon realized that danger lurks around this topic. Instead of focusing and exploring the idea of seeing at each focal length, we could fall into the trap of discussing gear choices “lens A vs. lens B.” …

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Photography – The Art of Observation

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Look through this old delivery truck’s window helped me to frame the scene and show a different perspective on the city. On the surface the photographic process appears to be easy and straightforward. You grab a camera and capture whatever you like. This is true for someone who doesn’t aim at creating a photograph but rather performs the mechanical task of pressing the shutter button to take a snap. However, if you are interested in creating a photograph, the process …

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Mechanics of Seeing

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Learning the technical aspects of photography is relatively easy and there are plenty of aids to help. However, in contrast to common belief, this is not the most important element of photography. Much more important than technical considerations is fluency in the mechanics of seeing. This is the process that starts with observation and ends with the click of a shutter button. In between, there is an entire sequence of thoughts, processes and actions, which require enormous intellectual and physical …

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