JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 10.12.19

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After two very busy week, this was a super low-shoot week.

I put the camera down after the Photowalk last week and, well, down it stayed.

Work kept me pretty busy all week. I sat to long in front my computer each day, not even getting myself to the gym for a quick session.

Finally, on Thursday, I hooked up Bo and we went to the nearby trail for a walk on a beautiful fall day (lower left panel). Had my little point-and-shoot and my phone with me, where, while I didn’t snap anything great, at least I exercised my eye in a different way.

Sometimes you just have to GOYA: Get Off Your Ass. Awhile ago, I used to do GOYA lunch break. Now, sometimes, since I’m shooting more commissioned work, I sometimes forget to get out an look around me.

But getting out and shooting something – anything – is essential to developing our eye and our craft. Go out and play around with the controls on the camera. Try different things. What works and what what doesn’t.

Then come back to the digital darkroom and process it in different way. Push up the contrast, drill down the saturation. Oversharpen. Undersharpen.

Find your style.

That only comes with shooting, developing your eye and knowing your gear. You don’t practice on a commissioned shoot. You gotta get what the client wants (then maybe you can mess around). But I honestly can say that some of my different/favorite photos that clients or bands have liked have been because I used a style that I would never have tried if I didn’t know it would work first. Because I had done it before.

Malcolm Gladwell talked about 10,000 hours. I don’t know if I ever bought into that but the bottom line is you gotta get off your ass and shoot to get better.

(Ha! As I looked for the link for the 10,000 hours, the more I found were around “debunking the 10,000 hours myth.” Why? Because people don’t want to believe it may take that much practice to get good/great at something. We’re short-cut artists whenever possible. Geeze, people, sometimes you have to put in the work!)

Anyway, this weekend, my town has our annual Fall Festival. To me, this because the ball rolling to the end of the year. Two and a half more months in 2019.

Let’s get it done.


This Week’s Links:

What I Read This Week: Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie (started it, anyway)

What I Watched This Week: The Brotherhood

RIP Jill Freedman. I first learned about her while watching Everybody Street.

Also, RIP Robert Forster, one of my favorite character actors.

Featured Shoot: The History of Photography Through the Eyes of Howard Greenberg.

Master Class: I’ve been following Jimmy Chin’s photography for more than 10 years now. Today is his birthday.

DP Preview: Back in January, I found myself shooting next to Brian Ach at the Blue Jacket Fashion Show. Here’s a great article on his workflow.

NY Times: To be a genius, think like a 94 year old.

“If you were to ask me to define a photograph in a few words, I would say it is “a fossil of light and time.'” ~ Daidō Moriyama

© Mark V. Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | All Rights Reserved 2019

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