Photo Journaling and Art of Photography Assignments

It is easy at times to get into a creative slump or to feel that you are not making progress artistically. Taking on an external assignment can help get you out of the slump, expand your skills and promote your creativity.

Creating a journal as you proceed with the self or external assignment can deepen your thinking about the project, provide a history that may be helpful in future projects, and provide a great keepsake to look back on. As Ted Forbes points out in some of the links below, many famous artists have used journals to explore ideas and project, clarify their thinking and leave a record how they came to their decisions about the project broadly, or about individual images. I haven’t yet decided to participate in Ted’s assignments, but have taken up the journaling idea and I am finding it very helpful for a current project.

The project basically is about “Beaches”, but not just the “bathing beach” shoreline part, but the broader system including the sand beach, the backbays and wetlands, and the dune systems that are found on many east coast sandy shores. I often have trouble with projects, getting three or four satisfying images out of what seemed to be good idea, but then running out of appealing ideas. I hope that this project, will have some legs because there are so many beaches, they are relatively accessible with respect to travel time, and I have some existing images that may jump the project and give some depth to the project.

I will be sharing progress on this project including pictures of my journal, and occasionally using the blog itself as a supplement to the hard copy journal.

Please offer your comments and thoughts on the journal as well as the project.

Journaling

– Photographer Sketch Books
– Photo Journal Challenge from Ted Forbes
– My Journal for Photo Assignments
– More sketchbooks

– Photo Assignments 2:: Low Angle Shooting
– Work submitted for Assignment 2 and heads up for Assignment 3

Earlier assignments and background were captured at on Nov. 21, 2016

Journal entries for project on barrier islands/beaches.

Monday Missive — January 30, 2017

Quotes

What we choose not to do matters.” — Seth Godin, 5/20/16

As soon as we say the truth is relative, and shiftable, and a matter of opinion, we lose the power that comes from knowing.” — Seth Godin 4/1/16

Art is the great democrat, calling forth creative genius from every sector of society, disregarding race or religion or wealth or color.” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Links

– Interesting assignment and creative solution
– 40 tips for better photos
– Making fog and light beams Also free downloadable fog brush
– Tips for airline travel with photo gear
– Part 2: International Travel
– Animal Portrait Tips
– Post-processing software and plug-ins in 2017 Interesting read
– Selective sharpening in Lightroom
– Black and white street photography
– Arches National Park
– Processing Start to Finish in Lightroom Definitely worth 10 minutes to watch this video
– Using a Wacom tablet effectively

Sunrise at Chincoteague, 2007. Part of my Boundaries series.

Monday Missive — January 23, 2017

Quotes

Photography is the easiest medium with which to be merely competent. Almost anybody can be competent. It’s the hardest medium in which to have some sort of personal vision and to have a signature style.” – Chuck Close

I became wary of simple interpretations that assumed fixed and final meanings.”John Pfahl

Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

Links

– Comparison of DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras
– Instagram photographers worth following
– Great light after storms
– George Lepp: Transporting heavy gear, eclipse, MFT
– Critter cam
– How to cull your images in Lightroom
From Harry Bosk: – Keeping your files organized in Lightroom
– Whey registering copyrights is important
– Understanding DPI and print resolution
– Creating a portfolio
– Photography trends for 2017

Assateague Island National Seashore, Jan. 1, 2017

Monday Missive – January 16, 2017

Great art is the outward expression of an inner life of the artist, and this innerlife will result in his personal vision of the world.” – Edward Hopper

Broken and broken again on the sea, the moon so easily mends.” — Chosu

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” – Henry Ward Beecher

Links

– Noir
– Setting up your Mac for greater efficiency
– Photographing the Ottoman Empire
– 20 Iconic images from a 15,000 mile trip around North America
– DSLR Tips Part 2
– Street Photography This is an hour and three quarter video, but if you are into street, worth the time.
– Understanding copyright
– MLK: A history in pictures

Delaware River Water Gap; playing with lightning in PS.

Quotes

Monday Missive – January 9, 2017

Quotes

The tides are in our veins, we still mirror the stars,
life is your child, but there is in me
Older and harder than life and more impartial, the eye
that watched before there was an ocean.
— Robinson Jeffers, “Continent’s End” in Tamar and Other Poems (1924)

We get to the work we seek by passing through imperfection.— Seth Godin on December 16, 2016

When finding the right angle for a shot…’Move your ass.’” – Jay Maisel

Links

– Raw Workflow in Lightroom
– Triptychs
– Incredible use of light, shadow and color at a solar farm
– Two interesting approaches with legos Very creative
– DSLR basics
– Grand Teton
– IR Photography

Monday Missive – Jan. 2, 2017

Quotes

Wondering—Past and Future
Wondering about your past, about what might have happened, about bad decisions made and roads not taken… this is a recipe for not much more than regret.
But wondering about your future?
When we wonder about the future, we get a chance to begin again, to set new goals and envision bold plans.
No more chances to do yesterday over, sorry. But infinite chances for tomorrow. — Seth Godin

Management’s job is not to prevent risk but to build the ability to recover. — Ed Catmull, Pixar

The question is not, “Should I manipulate a photograph?” Since the invention of photography, all kinds of things have been done to photographs. The question is, “What happens when I do or don’t manipulate a photograph?”

Links

– Continuous lighting vs strobe
– Low-key portraits with a single light
– Cold weather photography tips
– 9 photography habits to quit this year I don’t necessarily agree with all of these, but they are worth considering.

Assateague Island National Seashore, New Year’s Day, 2017