Being Where I Am

Being Where I Am

I’ve been struggling a bit with photo-envy lately – or maybe it’s more “experience-envy” – the feeling that everyone is doing interesting things and getting better photos than I am. Even if you’re not a photographer, you may know what I’m taking about. Other people, not necessarily anyone specific but “people” in general, are leading more exciting lives. I took a drive and I set a couple of ground rules for myself:

Intuitive Photography

Intuitive Photography

This article continues my series exploring characteristics of Zen Photography. I outlined 9 Characteristics of Zen Photography in a previous article. This article explores ways in which a Zen Photographer is intuitive. A Zen Photographer balances technique with art. There is a time to practice and a time to turn off the brain and enjoy the world.

Zen Photography & Self Acceptance

Zen Photography & Self Acceptance

Zen photographers accept where they are in their own vision and skill. Though always seeking improvement, they check their desire to compare themselves with other photographers and envy other photographers’ successes. Zen photographers work within themselves to create the best possible photographs they can. They acknowledge and accept natural human insecurities and negative desires, then refocus their energies on creating compelling photographs.

Curiosity and Zen Photography

Curiosity and Zen Photography

Curiosity and Zen Photography

Zen photographers approach life each day with a sense of youthful curiosity, being wide-open to the wonders of the world whether they be formed as a grand landscape or found in the simplest blade of grass.

Jazz Photography: Creativity within Limits

Jazz Photography: Creativity within Limits

Jazz Photography: Creativity within Limits

​ In this article, I’ll talk a bit about what I mean by jazz photography and how approaching photography in a similar way to how jazz musicians approach music shows in my images. 

Personality-Infused Photos

Personality-Infused Photos

I had a bit of an epiphany this week with the help of a couple of the photographers who I’ve interviewed over the past couple of weeks for PhotoYoga. The “ah-ha” moment had to do infusing my personality into my photographs. 

Characteristics of Zen Post-Processing

Characteristics of Zen Post-Processing

Characteristics of Zen Post-Some of my fellow photographers find post-processing a challenging and stressful experience. I decided to return to the 9 Characteristics of Zen Photography and see if they could apply…

Flow and the Art of Photography

Flow and the Art of Photography

Flow and the Art of Photography. Flow is the theory of enjoyment. I’ll talk about what aspects of flow theory are probably at work when you’re really enjoying the experience of photography.

9 Characteristics of Zen Photographers

9 Characteristics of Zen Photographers

Zen Photography is the mindset we bring to the act of photographing. The following are 9 characteristics of Zen Photographers: