Camera Position 181 : Less Is More

The great architect Mies van der Rohe is famous for the phrase “Less is More” to describe his approach to simplifying his designs. That philosophy can be applied to photography as well, as it is often better to make fewer, but more thoughtful, images.

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Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House
Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House

Camera Position 180 : Mining the Data Set

From aperture and focal length to shutter speeds and focus points, our modern photographic tools give us a wealth of information about our photographs. We can use that information to learn about the way we approach photography and what strategies lead to our greatest successes.

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Cortona, Tuscany

Camera Position 179 : Embracing the Almost

All of us make photographs that, for some reason, don’t quite work, even though we had high hopes for them. If we embrace those photographs thatĀ almost worked, but didn’t, we can find some tools to help us improve and grow.

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Here are some examples of images that are “almosts” for me (and that I discuss in this podcast):

Archway - uninteresting light and no solid center of interest make this an "almost" image.
Archway – uninteresting light and no solid center of interest make this an “almost” image.

 

Blue & Red Paint - if only I'd realized that it was the faded paint that I was most interested in and not the decoration, I might have moved in closer for a more abstract image in this "almost" photograph.
Blue & Red Paint – if only I’d realized that it was the faded paint that I was most interested in and not the decoration, I might have moved in closer for a more abstract image in this “almost” photograph.
Blue Door - Of course I see now that it was the blue door that attracted me and not the carved details of the door. But I didn't see that then and I have this "almost" image to remind me to be clear about my intention.
Blue Door – Of course I see now that it was the blue door that attracted me and not the carved details of the door. But I didn’t see that then and I have this “almost” image to remind me to be clear about my intention.

 

Camera Position 178 : Everyday Creativity

When you face something you think you can’t possibly do and then go ahead and do it anyway creativity is the tool you use.

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El Trovatore Motel, Kingman, AZ Photograph by Jeff Curto
El Trovatore Motel, Kingman, AZ
Photograph by Jeff Curto

Camera Position 177 : It’s Not a Pursuit, It’s a Medium

A lot of people who are “into” photography seem to think of the “doing” of photography as the end unto itself. While the mechanical act of making photographs can be pleasurable, I think of photography as a medium for self-examination, not a pursuit unto itself.

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Spiral 1, 2016 - Photograph by Jeff Curto
Spiral 1, 2016 – Photograph by Jeff Curto

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