A Camera Bag Full of Ideas, Not Gear!
This post will be slightly different. Usually I push you to the cliff edge with my incoherent ramblings but this time I will make it short and snappy.
So much has happened in the last few weeks that I have never felt more excited.
First, I will update you on my “Killing the Beast” article. What are you doing, Olaf? OK, I admit I didn’t make a clean break from social media. But I did my best to change the way I interact with others. I’m trying to pause and concentrate when viewing your work. I’m also sharing my thoughts. I believe that YOU, as someone who interacts with me on social media, deserves it.
I know I scroll less and view less, but I experience and “see” more. This is a good thing! More to come.
On the same subject I was a guest on shuttertimeshow with Sid and Mac and we all tried to kill the beast. For those who want to find out what I’m talking about, listen to the podcast led by my hosts. Warning: it includes my own ramblings. Here is a link: http://shuttertimewithsidandmac.com/2017/03/27/episode-157-olaf-sztaba/
Make sure to give Sid and Mac feedback. They have been doing this for so many years and deserve applause. I respect them for not shying away from difficult subjects.
You should also read Jonas Rask and Patrick Laroque and Ian MacDonald –excellent posts on the topic of social media and/or personal growth as a photographer.
I must include two remarkable videos from Ted Forbes and Zack Arias. They both touched on difficult subjects relating to our recent discussions.
No question – I must also share with you two eye-opening quotes. The first was discovered by Don Craig, a friend and a great photographer:
“The more I like my work, the fewer others seem to.”
Got you thinking?! It should.
The second one is from Jonas Rask:
“It doesn’t always have to be purposeful. Sometimes it just needs to be. Needs to exist. This is my way back to my core creative.”
It’s now your turn!
Finally, a note to those of you who are starting in photography and facing the social media: If you don’t receive lots of likes or comments it doesn’t mean your photography is the pits. Most people ignore the great, innovative imagery and “seeing” – especially if you are not in the front seat of the social media bus. Work hard on your seeing and composition, pay attention to light, take risks and never ever take shortcuts to “popular” images. Stay on your own path and you will eventually be appreciated. You may get relatively few likes but your images will receive in-depth, honest attention. This is priceless.
Here are a few recent images, all taken with the X100F.
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