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Using Photography to Appreciate Life

by Michael Zhang on PetaPixel

365grateful.com from hailey bartholomew on Vimeo.

Back in 2008, photographer Hailey Bartholomew was feeling down even though everything seemed to be going for her in life. After getting some counseling, she began an exercise in reflection and gratitude by purchasing enough Polaroid film for an entire year, and taking a single photo every day of something she is grateful for. Before long, she began noticing things that she otherwise would have overlooked, and her life was transformed by simply looking for the small things in life that are easy to take for granted.

Seeing and celebrating the good in my life affected not only the way I felt spiritually and physically but it improved my relationships with others too. It was not long before it was hard to only take a single photo each day. The more I noticed and took photos the more I began to notice the good and great moments in my life and want to capture them. [#]

After sharing her project, which she calls a 365 Grateful project, through Flickr, Bartholomew is on a mission to spread gratefulness and an appreciation of life to other photo enthusiasts.

365 grateful (via Digital Photography School)

via Using Photography to Appreciate Life.

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2011 in Inspiration, Musings, Worth a Look

 

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Maintaining Focus

Maintaining Focus

Images by December Medland. Licensed under CC: BY-NC-ND

It’s strange how we take photographs. As a species we’ve been doing it for several hundred years, and our love affair with photography has continued ever since the first camera was invented.  Back in the old days, camera equipment was only available for the elite, whereas today it seems like everybody is a photographer. There are cameras in just about everything: MP3 players, mobile phones, laptops, and the iPad 2.0; even in your car. So we’ve all become photographers: all capable of snapping every moment as it happens. And that’s what a lot of people do, certainly. They snap and click and shoot. Then they look on the back of their camera and delete what they don’t like and go back to snapping, clicking and shooting.  And this style of photography suits them well!

On the other hand, some shooters prefer to be professional and get paid for their photographs. There’s a range of industry sectors for paid professional photographers: commissioned works, wedding photographers, commercial photographers, artistic photographers. They’re all out there, fighting to stay alive and competitive in a photog-eat-photog market filled with the bulk of the people out-snapping, out-clicking and out-shooting them.

And then there are people like you. Interesting people. Exciting people. Passionate people. People who may never be able to define why they photograph things but love to do it. People who want to frame before they shoot. Explore modes before they click. Compose before they snap. People who have a perspective on photography quite unlike the other two groups above.

Nobody can tell you why you have the passion to be a photographer (though some will try). And there are plenty of lengthy articles explaining how to reignite your enthusiasm for it. But truth be told, you are what you do. And if you photograph things because you love to photograph things… then you have a photographer’s soul.

So, don’t question whether or not you have what it takes. Don’t fret over knobs and buttons – these will take care of themselves as we use this blog to expand your horizons. Just give in to the need to snap, to click and to shoot. Focus on your photography and your photographs will soon blossom with you!

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Images by December Medland. Licensed under CC: BY-NC-ND

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Posted by on March 23, 2011 in Featured, Musings

 

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The Passion of my Prose

The Passion of my Prose

There’s a reason why I have used other people’s photographs on this blog. I’m not a very good photographer. Yet.

Regardless, I love it. It thrills me and excites me whenever I feel that camera within my hands and maybe in a little while, I’ll be willing to share some of my shots with you… but for now, I want to explain the passion behind my prose.

Photography, to me, is not about who took which photo and which photo is better. It’s all about the creative spark. What we see with our eyes is forever changed when compressed through an eyepiece. I love to experiment with light and use it like a crayon to illuminate a scene. That’s what excites me.

And what I love most about digital photography is that it is all instant. You look at the back of the camera and you know instantly if the photo has turned out how you wanted or if you need to keep working on it. So I am like a sponge. And this blog is like a sponge. I’m just determined to learn all I can about how to make photography work, how to get the best from my camera… and most importantly, how to not be LIMITED by my camera.

Photography, like any worthwhile hobby, can cost you thousands, drive you mad and frustrate the life out of you. For me, it does all these things. But it also invigorates my soul, and lets me explore the world I live in from a completely new angle. I now see the world differently because of my camera. So this is what challenges me and engages me about photography.

What about you? Why do you take photographs?

 

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Image by suga_shack via SXC
 
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Posted by on March 12, 2011 in Featured, Musings

 

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