“100 Tips from a Professional Photographer”…

When embarking on a new adventure, it is always recommendable to check with someone who knows the ropes. I found this article a while ago and really liked it a lot. Straightforward, simple, potent. I needed to share it:

http://gizmodo.com/5904107/100-tips-from-a-professional-photographer

These are my favorite 10 tips:

8. Go outside & shoot photos rather than spending hours a day on photography forums.

9. Capture the beauty in the mundane and you have a winning photograph.

28. The more photos you take, the better you get.

42. Find your style of photography and stick with it.

45. Carry your camera with you everywhere. Everywhere.

51. Print out your photos big. They will make you happy.

52. Give your photos to friends.

65. It is always better to underexpose than overexpose.

74. In terms of composition, photography and painting aren’t much different.

76. Make photos, not excuses.

And the 3 golden rules are at the end:  Continue reading ““100 Tips from a Professional Photographer”…”

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Original vs. Edited…

I’ll start a section today: “Original vs. Edited”. By “edited” I mean that I myself have modified tones, highlight, contrast and have cropped the original picture. It is my own work rather than letting an app like Instagram do all the editing (or most of it). I like Instagram photos; they’re fun! But sometimes I … Continue reading Original vs. Edited…

A Blue Mind…

My mind always works as a web visually connecting perceptions, sensations, memories, and even fantasies and dreams. You could say every mind works like that. You could add that at the end of the day that’s what mind is for, right? Well, mine does that… obsessively. I’m a visual person. An unknown person’s face can suddenly remind me of a random friend of mine, a TV show character or a meme on Internet (and I’ll compulsively persist on remembering this friend, character or image if I can’t recall who or what it is immediately, until my mind finally links both the unknown and the known). When I was an undergrad in Peru and began exploring both World Art and Literature, my mind associated my favorite type of painting (French Post-Impressionism) with Arthur Rimbaud’s poetry. Quite Logical: Color. Color… And Color. And particularly blue: both “les soirs bleus d’été” in “Sensation” and the “immobilités bleues” in “Le bateau ivre” linked to the blue idol of Gauguin’s D’où venons nous?… and the nocturnal sky in Van Gogh’s Nuit étoilée sur le Rhône.

nuit etoilee

Furthermore and more recently, my mind associated one of my passions with French Post-Impressionism: photography. Photos I myself make rather than photos other people have taken. I have always wanted to capture color and force its deepest and most beautiful brightness to emerge… like the Post-Impressionist painters. Continue reading “A Blue Mind…”