Camera Position 159 : A Sense of Humanity

Human values — those emotions, beliefs, traditions, and knowledge that we understand and share as human beings are an integral part of how we come to express ourselves in photography. In fact, it may be the essence of why we want to express ourselves with photography.

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Palazzo Borromeo, Isola Bella, Lago Maggiore
Palazzo Borromeo, Isola Bella, Lago Maggiore

 

Camera Position 158 : The Courage To Create

Rollo May (1909 – 1994) was an American existential psychologist and author. Among his books was The Courage to Create. In it, May lays out some ideas about art and creativity that have important implications for the creative person; photographers included.

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Rollo May - The Courage to Create
Rollo May – The Courage to Create

Camera Position 157 : The Elements and Principles of Art

One of the four steps of achieving true critique of a work of art is analysis and doing that analysis requires applying the elements and principles of art. In this episode, we look at what those elements and principles are so we can employ them in true critique of our photographs.

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Camera Position 156 : Critical Thinking is Creative Thinking

In the last couple of episodes of Camera Position, I talked about feedback on your work and the type of feedback you typically get contrasted against the type of feedback you want, which is true, genuine critique of your work.

In truth, critique of any sort is based entirely on critical thinking or the objective analysis and evaluation of something in order to form an evaluation of it. Critical thinking is at the base of how we come to know something… critical thinking is the engine of learning.

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La Foce, Toscana, 2014 - Photograph by Jeff Curto
La Foce, Toscana, 2014 – Photograph by Jeff Curto

Camera Position 155 : Feedback Part 2 – Critique

Feedback on our work usually comes in one of two forms: Reaction and Direction. Both are simple to do but don’t give us what we really want to help move our work forward. This second podcast of two parts looks at a third and much more useful type of feedback: Critique.

This form of feedback that is most helpful to us in understanding the impact of our photographs on viewers.

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An Infographic on the 4 Steps of Critique
An Infographic on the 4 Steps of Critique – Click to Enlarge

 

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