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Photographer Thom Hogan shares his insights on setting goals and meeting them. Something that is often overlooked is the accountability part of goal setting:

Be communicated. Not communicating a goal to at least one other person is like making a prediction on the future but not telling anyone. It doesn’t count when your prediction comes true, because no one knew you predicted it. Likewise, goals tend to be the same. The coward’s way out is to not communicate your goals to anyone else. This gives you wiggle room to save face if you don’t meet them. But you’re making a classic mistake if you do this: you’re making the assumption that notmeeting a goal is somehow a badge of shame. No, it just means you didn’t meet the goal. Either you keep trying to meet that goal, or you set a slightly less ambitious goal next time. The fate of the world doesn’t rest on whether you meet your photographic goal, so there’s no shame in not meeting it. Indeed, there’s a lot to be learned by not meeting it. You may have thought you could progress faster than you can, now you have a better sense of the rate at which you can. You may have underestimated the task, next time you won’t.

When goals are shared, it creates a support that otherwise wouldn’t exist. We are created to help one another and communicating our desires is a major component of this.  Not only will it lead to accountability, but it will also provide resources that otherwise wouldn’t have been offered. When you say you want to run a marathon and share that will your friends and family, you just might find two other people are doing the same thing. Through that communicating, you now have a three person training team, such a better way to go about the process

That’s the way things are meant to be. It isn’t an individual walk through life, but a group effort. Share your goals. Share your purpose. Not only will it provide accountability, but it will provide you with resources that you wouldn’t have had otherwise. That is God’s intention for us as relational creatures – we’re not meant to keep these aspirations to ourselves. We are meant to live and work in community with others.

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Trey Ratcliff of the travel photography blog Stuck in Customs has some good words about learning and understand:

Have you ever noticed, for example, how much trouble people have with learning F-stops? Understanding them is goddamned confusing for any normal brain. You mean, the number goes up and the hole gets smaller? And that makes everything in focus? What? No wonder people are confused…

Let me tell you a story. I was speaking in a class a few years ago about photography. One of my photos came up on the screen and a gal raised her hand. She asked, “What F-stop did you use there?” This made me pause for quite a bit. Because, at THAT point, I realized that I learned everything in my very own way. Her question was, in a sense, completely ludicrous. I could have said, “F/5.5”. And she would have nodded, as would everyone else in the class. OR, I could have said, “F/16”. And she would have nodded, as would everyone else in the class.

What this tells me is that people have such a fragile understanding of photography. Is this how people learn? I do not know. I don’t understand how they learn. But I can tell you this for sure — I’m not totally sure they understand.

The best way to learn is figure it out, not by rote memorization, but by rote curiosity. That is, let your inner child come out. Curiosity should lead not straight to a book — but straight to experimentation.

As that curiosity manifests itself, guess, wonder, fail, guess again, forgive yourself, then keep on guessing. This is how children figure out how to navigate the world — and this is how you should learn to navigate your photography.

Your complete lack of interest in photography?  That’s OK. Substitute whatever it is that you’re interested in for the word “photography” and go re-read the last three paragraphs. I’ll be here.

It’s all about getting your hands wet, falling on your face, and trying again.  That’s the learning process. We’ve created the word “fail” to keep people from moving up in the world, but really, failure is essential to this process.  Embrace the failure. Fail every day.

Photographer Isa Leshko has published a series of pictures of elderly animals that are worth taking the time to look at:

I began the series as a means of exploring my feelings about my mother’s decline due to Alzheimer’s Disease,” she says. “As I’ve worked on this project, though, I’ve come to realize that these images are a testament to survival and endurance. And they raise questions about what it means to be elderly.