Jeremy H. Greenberg: Blog http://jeremyhgreenberg.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Jeremy H. Greenberg jeremyhgreenberg@me.com (Jeremy H. Greenberg) Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:59:00 GMT Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:59:00 GMT http://jeremyhgreenberg.zenfolio.com/img/s7/v154/u292078769-o383284609-50.jpg Jeremy H. Greenberg: Blog http://jeremyhgreenberg.zenfolio.com/blog 120 98 Blog #78 How Do You Make Better Pictures? http://jeremyhgreenberg.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/blog-78-how-do-you-make-better-pictures Blog #78 How Do You Make Better Pictures? 

There are many many options out there for those who aim to improve their photography.  How do we sort through the information jungle? Learning to make pictures is similar to learning other skills or crafts, except that each image that we make is essentially different.  Mastery of skills that are involved with in various occupations such as carpentry, electric work, auto repair, teaching, and others come from simple steps.  

The first step is to learn the background of the field, its history.  This is not necessary to make good pictures but it is important for  comprehensive understanding of the field. Next, we learn about the basics, then the advanced techniques.  Knowledge in most fields is cumulative and needs to be delivered in a sequential manner because the basic information is a prerequisite to learning the more advanced.  In photography, we don’t teach students about bracketing until they understand basic exposure for this reason.  These days, skills such as website design, post-processing, and business marketing including social media are required for success as a professional. 

I’ve written in previous blogs about self improvement and living the creative life.  Here, I will add to those lessons by including an emphasise on foundation skills and having fluency over your foundation skills before real improvement can be achieved.  Foundation skills include but are not limited to:

 

  1. Getting proper exposure
  2. Nailing good-enough focus 
  3. Composition and framing (this is probably the most important).
  4. Reaction time [attention] to the scene in front of you or actually making the picture at the right time (especially in street photography)
  5. People skills (if you are making pictures of people, otherwise, you need hiking or SCUBA diving skills)

 

Basically, these skills needs to be practiced, over and over.  Having an idea of a series or project is also helpful, of course.  This list could be expanded to include post-processing (yuk!), editing, marketing, public relations, social media, and other business-related skills but that’s a bit much given the title of this blog post. 

These skills need to be fluent and automatic for more complex skills to emerge.  This is basically true of learning to do anything.  How do we teach these skills to mastery? Good question? I don’t think anyone really does when it comes to making pictures.  We read books, take classes, work on projects but we don’t actually drill and practice to a predetermined criterion or level of achievement.  What would that even look like? 

 

Goal 1: Make 100 images with perfect exposure using a fully manual camera with a light meter, then without a light meter. 

Goal 2: Take 100 pictures in 5 minutes or less all in perfect focus using a manual focus lens, then using autofocus. 

Goal 3: Make 20 images using one of 10 different compositional techniques, everyday for one month (i.e. leading lines, rule of thirds, size, blurred background, etc…).

Is this sounding like photography boot-camp? Where do you sign up you ask? I’m not sure that all of that is entirely necessary, albeit it would probably be helpful to master.

Instruction from books or people can be helpful.  For more on that, click here. What people need regardless of the source is consequences for the photos that they are making. In short, we all need critique. Critique is basically a process of description. It’s not a question of whether you like the work or not but rather if the work, well, works! 

Critique is a process of reviewing, and describing images and stating 

        “This image works because…”, or 

        “This image does not work because…”.

Of course we’re all subjective people but some of us have a education in photography and therefore a vocabulary that can be helpful in describing images in this manner.  

So, there it is.  Practicing component skills and critique be equal improvement. Now go for it. 

The light is always right.

jhg

The images herein were made on a rainy day in Hong Kong with a Nikon camera, 35mm lens, Kodak TRI-X 400 ISO 35mm Black and White film pushed one stop to 800 and developed at home in Bergger’s Berspeed developer. They were scanned on an Epson V600.

 

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jeremyhgreenberg@me.com (Jeremy H. Greenberg) photographer photography professional study http://jeremyhgreenberg.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/blog-78-how-do-you-make-better-pictures Sun, 15 Oct 2017 10:26:06 GMT
Blog #77 Make it Then Break it http://jeremyhgreenberg.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/blog-77-make-it-then-break-it Blog #77 Make it Then Break it

 

I’ve been blogging about creativity, the creative process, education, and many other topics related to photography for over two years now.  From time to time, good old fashioned rest can be a welcome respite from the demands of the creative life.  

In a strangely counterintuitive way, taking a break from the creative process can allow you to recharge and reinvigorate your creativity.  For amateurs, hobbyists, and even the most professional of professionals, no one is consistently creative all of the time. Embracing times of low or no creativity or image making is a part of the natural process.  

Making art is hard work.  Making good art is really hard work.  By definition, it involves making something new that no-one (including yourself) has ever done before.  Artists tend to have creative bouts that last weeks, months, or even years.  However, we all need and can benefit from a bit of distance from the creative process.  

The creative process is like a conversation between the artist and the rest of humanity.  Sometimes you listen, and sometimes you speak.  Speaking is the making-part of the process while listening is the gathering of information that will, in turn, inform the speaking part.  

Another analogy is to think of the creative process like the training program of an athlete.  They must alternate between times of great intensity and strength building, and rest, lest they overtrain.  Overtraining usually results in injury or a lack of growth, at best.  During the rest periods, the muscles heal and regenerate so that the athlete can come back faster, stronger, and more capable of reaching higher levels in their fitness.  Artists, too, must also alternative periods of high productivity and rest.  Having some distance from images, or image making affords one perspective, insight, and allows the previous work to cure in their conscience.  

When the artist photographer rebounds from this down time, their vision will be re-established, re-affirmed, and defined more clearly.  How much down time is needed? Everyone is different.  Perhaps a week or two, or a month should do the trick.  Sometimes life gets in the way and forces you to take a break from the creative projects.  Welcome this forced rest rather than fight it. 

In short, there is only so much time in a day.  Spend it with family, friends, pursuing other work, art, and play.  All of these experiences will ultimately inform your art and image making. We are always learning and growing even when not engaged directly in the art of making images. Take a break.  Then, come back better and stronger with a more defined vision of the images that you want to create. 

Lastly, remember the light is always right. 

Feel free to leave comments. 

jhg

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Blog #76 Shoot What You Know http://jeremyhgreenberg.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/blog-76-shoot-what-you-know Blog #76 Shoot What You Know

Photography blogs and blogs talk a lot about projects and series. In fact, I have written about this some time ago in Blog #6 and Blog #16 on the topic of a Project 365.  In most of these tutorials, the message is clear, 

Make a Series, Do a Project, It’s a good for you!”. 

Projects and series are helpful because they provide an artist with focus. Projects and series usually have a beginning, a middle, and an end.  Some tell stories.  We all need closure from time to time. When one project or series is done, we are free [in a manner of speaking] to direct our creative attention elsewhere.  

Some projects or series take years and most artists, I would expect are working on more than one at a time.  A project or series can be a simple collection of related images but its strength will improve dramatically if you tie it to a story or a theme.  

Ask yourself, “What is it that I am trying to say through this project or series?”

As to the content of the project or series, there are infinite possibilities.  As a good and possibly safe place to start, you can shoot what you know. 

Everyone has a unique history. Maybe you are a car nut, or animal lover, or you enjoy gardening.  Did you used to love football when you were younger and have been itching to get back into the sport?  Everyone has a hobby or passion.  If you do not have at least one, you need one and fast. 

Ok, so if you’re reading this you are likely passionate about photography, point taken.  What else interests you? cooking? the beach? Find that thing, and make images of it.  

Your passion for a subject or activity will give you a unique perspective that most of us will not have.  Plus, your natural interest in the subject will motivate you to make pictures until a project or series emerges.  

For example, after a long week of work, I like to go out to a bar or club and hear some live DJ music.  I enjoy a drink or two [not too much] and talk with friends, some of whom I see from week to week.  We catch up on our lives, unwind, and reboot for the coming work week.  I have found this experience has allowed me a unique vantage for some fun and interesting image making.  

The images here were made around town in bars and clubs like I’m describing here. What are your passions and interests beyond photography? 

 

Comments are welcome. 

Remember, the light is always right. 

jhg

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Blog #75 Greatness vs. Talent http://jeremyhgreenberg.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/blog-75-greatness-vs-talent Blog #75 Greatness vs. Talent

In the last blog I typed about education in photography for the purpose of improvement.  This has been a reoccurring theme in my blog that you might have noticed.  I make an effort, on a regular basis, to learn something new about photography and I share that process in the hope that it might inspire someone else to pick up a book, take an online course, or otherwise push themselves to fill their head with additional pearls of wisdom.  Growth is the point as far as photography is concerned.  We need to equip and inform ourselves so that we may become better at image making.  When the gap between our vision and our images becomes closer, we grow. 

Way back in May of this year there was a very well written piece titled “Great photographers need determination not talent” by Chris Killip from Huck Magazine.  In this well-written piece it describes a seven year journey made by a photographer that resulted in determination, resilience, and good old-fashioned grit to finally get the shots that he was looking for.  All this was after he picked up a camera and simply got to work with little to no formal instruction in the medium. 

True genius is very rare.

I’m reminded of the old adage “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” 

“Practice, practice, practice!” 

They say that true mastery of some skill requires around 10,000 hours of work.  Those do not come easy, and photography is like anything else in that you get out of it what you put in.  There are many roads to success and there is no formula since we are all different. However, practicing skills on a regular basis will likely create the conditions for improvement and personal growth. 

Here are a few tips that might work for you: 

 

  1. Work on Projects on a regular basis to completion. 
  2. Work on Series on a regular basis to completion. 
  3. Edit and Sharing you work. 
  4. Learn how to give and receive critique. 
  5. Surround yourself with classic and modern resources in photography.

As cliché as it might sound, Greatness or perfection is a journey not a destination.

Try not to be perfect, just try to be better.  This we all can achieve. 

Remember, the light is always right.

jhg

 

P.S. The images in this blog post were made with a new brand of 35mm black and white 100 ISO film named Lucky (Made in China) given to me from a friend at CameraFilmPhoto. Check them out for outstanding film, products, and service.

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Blog #74 Keep on Keepin’ On http://jeremyhgreenberg.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/blog-74-keep-on-keepin-on Blog #74 Keep on Keepin’ On

    Learning is not the goal of life, it IS life, someone very clever once said.  A post in a photography Facebook group asked recently if a university degree in photography was necessary.  There were  over 50 comments that followed.  Just about every comment was about a resounding “No!”. However, I wonder how many of those “No” responses were from individuals who actually had gone to school for photography.  I work with photographers who have bachelors’ and fine arts degrees in art or photography,  and they never seem to have regrets.  How can anyone argue that there is no value to pursuing a degree in photography? Higher education is a wonderful experience taught by professors with decades of formal, life, and professional photography experience.  

    Is formal study in photography necessary to make great work or to be successful (however you might define this) as a professional photographer? Most would agree that is is not.  That being said, it couldn't hurt.  

    When I returned to photography about five years ago, I considered this course of action.  I needed a more flexible learning program as I would have limited time to commit to learning photography, although I did want a comprehensive program.  So instead of enrolling in a university program, I opted for an online course in professional photography (www.nyip.com).  During this time and afterwards, I read everything that I could get my hands on, attended museums and shows, bought books from the greats, and generally took a deep dive using the “self-taught” method.  I am still pursuing this.  Last month, I completed the MOMA: Seeing Through Photographs from Coursera . You can choose to take this short six-week course for free or pay $50 US as I did to support the program and the MOMA and receive a certificate upon completion. 

    In the course, there was just the right amount of history presented alongside modern artists to keep things interesting.  Instead of submitting a final project that included a photograph that we made, participants needed to submit an image and describe how it related to the units of study in the course.  There were two 500 word written assignments that were required in the class as well as a few peer reviews.

I went through the class in a couple of weeks and the materials were very good. I would definitely recommend it to someone interested in photography at any level. They do not pay me to say that, by the way.  I got my certificate for completion and it was a nice summer learning project.  

The take-away here is that there is no end to the learning, although some effort is required to make it a deliberate process.  It’s such a wonderful time to be photographer as there are a plethora of online resources, live workshops, face to face courses, and everything in between.  There is really no excuse not participating in some form of improvement program on a regular basis. 

Find what works for you, complete it, and repeat.  Your vision will improve, your pictures will improve, and you will feel better about your art and yourself in the process. 

The light is always right. 

jhg

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Blog #73 S-L-O-W  P-H-O-T-O-G-R-A-P-H-Y [SHOOTING THE LEICA G (IIIA)] http://jeremyhgreenberg.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/blog-73-s-l-o-w-p-h-o-t-o-g-r-a-p-h-y-shooting-the-leica-g-iiia Blog #73 S-L-O-W  P-H-O-T-O-G-R-A-P-H-Y [SHOOTING THE LEICA G (IIIA)]

 

Photography [and creativity] runs in families…apparently.  About a month ago, my youngest of two brothers, Alex, who lives in Chicago sends me a photo of a Leica III from about 1935.  He reports that it was our father’s and that he had it CLA’d recently (that’s cleaned, lubricated, and adjusted for you wanna-be camera geeks out there) although Alex had never shot with it. 

“Send it to me”, I said. “I’ll shoot with it”.

Ten days later, I unpack the box and there is it. A stunning and cleverly constructed all metal camera from Oskar Barnack and the Ernst Leitz Group from Wetzler Germany known today simply as Leica. 

It was in great condition for an 82 year old machine.  It’s small and heavy.  Loading film, dialling in proper exposure, focusing using the range finder, and overall making images with this camera is slow, quirky, and down right frustrating at times.  It was very easy to completely destroy two rolls of film in the process of getting the thing to work.  The first roll was installed backwards (Duh!).  The second roll was pretty much shredded as it ran through the camera.  Then, it was back to YouTube to watch the film loading tutorials, again.  After the film leader gets trimmed, you are supposed to take the lens off the camera, lock up the shutter, and visually inspect the film inside to make sure that it’s in the right place so that it runs through the camera properly, a complicated series of steps compared to more modern machines. 

Using an external light meter, you gauge the light conditions, and then dial the aperture ring on the lens, lift and turn the way-to-small and sometimes-stubborn-to-move shutter speed dial, find the focus patch in a tiny and dimly lit view finder with no frame lines, say a short prayer, and press the shutter release button.  This process takes a full 10 seconds on average! That’s like an eternity for our modern Snapgramtwitface culture.  

After a while you sort of get the hang of it.  After all, it’s a Leica, and it’s beautiful and the 50mm f/2 lens is quite capable and makes excellent images.  I burned through of couple of rolls of Kodak Tri-X 400 in black and white and then some Portra 400.  Sample images are in this blog post so that you can get a sense of what the Leica III with a Summitar 50mm f/2 can do with film.

There are tones of reviewers out there, and I do not intend to add to the existing noise in that department.  Nevertheless, if you are looking to get into a Leica system on the cheap, this is the way to do it.  You will need a small hand-held light meter as well or just guess and pray.  It’s a challenging, fun, and rewarding camera to use.  The best part is the channelling of your inner Cartier-Bresson and other great of yesteryear. 

So I get some decent images out of this thing after wearing it for a week.  Of course I scan them and share them with my family and a few friends.  My Uncle Daniel tells me that it was my grandfather Jack’s and that he had a darkroom in their apartment, years ago.  

This 1935 Leica was my grandfather’s, then my dad’s, now I have it and it works like a charm.  It’s my most special camera now and I will eventually teach Milo, my 10 year old how to use it.  He has a Nikon FM2 that he shoots in full manual, but there is a light meter built in to the Nikon, a handy feature indeed.  

So there it is, photography runs in families.  It’s in my genes.  What creative activities have your grandparents been involved with? I’m sure that there are some.  At the very minimum, they built families, careers, and they made your parents who, in turn, made you. Creativity is in us all.  You just need to know and appreciate that.  This is your starting point. The rest is up to you.  

The light is always right. 

jhg

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Blog #72 Living the Creative Life http://jeremyhgreenberg.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/blog-72-living-the-creative-life Blog #72 Living the Creative Life

The creative life is definitely the road less travelled by as might be described by poet Robert Frost.  The last line his poem titled The Road Not Taken is “And that has made all the difference.”

Walking the creative path, as it were, it not easy.  Some of us are there by choice, by compulsion, or other means.  Regardless the reason, like a pious existence, is quite challenging.  Staying motivated is the name of the game and we all have our ups and downs as we ride our creative rollercoasters through life. 

In last week’s Blog on the topic of working creatively, I feel that there is more to explore and share on this complex and personal topic.  Isabella Scott in Artsy shares that our most creative years are often after 60.  Really? Why must we wait so damn long? Does anyone else simply hate to wait?

In another piece from Artsy, a project titled Art Oracles: Creative & Life Inspiration from Great Artists was described.  In this project, there are 50 cards each of which shows a famous artist and contains some words of wisdom that summarise their artist approach, philosophy of life.  These cards are entertaining but were also created to assist with creative block.  Like writer’s block  photographers and other creatives can get stuck, uninspired, or simple lose their drive to make art. 

Inspiration is for amateurs, the rest of us just show up and get to work”,

said brilliant and successful artist and photographer Chuck Close. Most of his work has been done through his being in a wheel-chair, mind you. 

I guess that there is no formula for success since we all have different backgrounds and paths ahead that we must travel.  If we must work and create, then we must.  If we cannot, then we cannot, or we must wait.  Each of us must find our own ways to keep the creativity train on the tracks. Patience, persistence, and the need to create art must all be present for novel work to result.  

I hear the echoes of the toy fixer guy from the original Toy Story Movie “You can’t rush ART!” 

Fine. 

Remember, the light is always right. 

 

jhg

 

*Images in this blog post are original and made with Film Ferrania P30 Alpha Black and White 

35mm Film ISO 80*

 

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Blog #71 Working Creatively http://jeremyhgreenberg.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/blog-71-working-creatively Blog #71 Working Creatively 

Ever since I took a black and white film photography class in high school, I loved making pictures.  When I came back to photography years later, it was with a renewed passion and love of the medium and the creative process.  Photographers may struggle to keep pace, as many other creatives do, while jogging down the path of creativity. How does one stay motivated? How does one stay original? 

We are all challenged to find our own style, to find our voice, to make images about things rather than images of things.  Sure, projects, assignments, and working on a Project 365 can work to push you forward and practice your craft.  What else can we do to keep those creative juices flowing especially in those lean times? 

I’ve been listening to a podcast called LensWork that offers some sound advice on the subject.  

How to Live a More Creative Life (Artsy) suggests travel, surrounding yourself with creative people, trying new things as well other food for thought on the subject.  

The topic of creativity can be quite controversial as many people consider it a trait that you either have [from birth] or you don’t got it. Creatively, in fact, can be taught and measured.  In a simple but brilliant experiment using preschool children and block building, psychologists Goetz & Baer (1973) used social praise only when the children produced block formations that differed from the previous ones that they made.  The researchers showed in a simple but observable way that you can teach [and measure] creativity.  If we were to extrapolate their results to adult picture making, it seems that involving oneself in workshops and seeking critique might be a logical progression. 

Indeed, I love how fantasy novelist Ursula K. LeGuin puts it:

“The adult artist is the child who has survived.” 

 

Fight! Survive! Be Creative!

 

Remember, the light is always right. 

jhg 

Images in this blog post are original and made with a Nikon SLR, 24mm lens and Rollei 400 Infrared 35mm film and developed at home after a hike with my wife Christine and dog, Pepe. 

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Blog #70 Photography “Quotations” Part 2 http://jeremyhgreenberg.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/blog-70-photography-quotations-part-2 If you’re like me, you read a lot [I read everything!] and you enjoy the random quotation that floats across your field of view from time to time.  Some make me stop and think.  A really good quotation can be applicable to anything and anyone.  They don’t ALL relate to photography, per se.  But then again, maybe they do in a profound way.  At least to me they seem to be speaking about photography.

If you read below, you will see my most recent list of favourite quotations by random people, most of whom you will have heard of.  They all relate to photography in one way or another or at least the creative process.  I will not provide reasons or rationale for this connection since it will take to much space and I would rather that you find your own connections to these quotes and how they relate to you and your creative process.

The images below the quotes are original photos that I made using my Fujifilm X-E2S while travelling in the Philippines. 

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“When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls!” 

- Ted Grant Canadian photojournalist

“Reinforcing contingencies shape the behavior of the individual, and novel contingencies generate novel forms of behavior. Here, if anywhere, originality is to be found.” 

From B.F. Skinner’s Science and Human Behavior Chapter 16: Thinking (p. 255)

“Which of my photographs is my favourite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.” 

Imogen Cunningham

“Education is not preparation for life. Education is life itself.” 

- John Dewey

“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” 

-Coco Chanel

“The best color in the world is the one that looks good on you.”

- Coco Chanel

“. . . as a modern authority has pointed out, it is as difficult to explain how we see a picture in the occipital cortex of the brain as to explain how we see the outside world, which it is said to represent.” 

From B.F. Skinner’s  About Behaviorism Chapter 5: Perceiving (p. 90)

"Life is what happens to you when your busy making other plans" 

-John Lennon 

"Man plans and God laughs.” 

-Old Jewish Proverb 

“Art is what you can get away with.”

-Andy Warhol

“The very meaninglessness of life forces a man to create his own meaning.”

- Stanley Kubrick

 

“The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent; but if we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death — however mutable man may be able to make them — our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfilment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.

- Stanley Kubrick

 

“I went into photography because it seemed like the perfect vehicle for commenting on the madness of today's existence.”

-Robert Mapplethorpe

 

The light is always right.

jhg

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Blog #69 On Restrictions http://jeremyhgreenberg.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/blog-69-on-restrictions Restrictions in creatively can be a good thing that actually facilitates and improves the creative process. But how? 

First off, if you are a beginner or hobbyist in photography, there is great value in casting your net widely.  In other words, experiment with various formats, film, digital, working with lenses, genres, do a Project 365, work on various projects, portraits, travel, etc… After you master the technical settings of your specific camera(s), the next step is to find your artistic voice.  What do you want to say through your images? 

Eventually, you can work your way up to story writing, and other creative challenges and projects with images.  Thinking of a project can be a bit daunting as there are an infinite number of possibilities out there in the big wide world.

After the initial period of experimentation which will vary from person to person you will likely settle into a small set of cameras, lens, genres, projects, and such.   It’s like sanding wood, you move from course to fine, systematically. 

At this point in your creative career (or hobby for that matter), it might be helpful to establish some self-imposed restrictions.  Interestingly, these can be good in short bursts and actually improve and focus your creative process, image making, and therefor photography.

Some examples of restrictions are as follows:

  • Use only one focal length lens for a one month or up to one year.
  • Shoot film only on vacation.
  • Avoid buying any new gear for a while and stick with what you have.
  • Only shoot in color (or black and white) for a while day or week, or longer
  • Make images only of people.
  • Choose one genre such as macro, landscape, or architectural photography and make only images of those subjects. 
  • Avoid posting anything on social media for a week or month. 
  • Do a project 365.

 

Although is seems like the task of making images within narrow parameters like these will somehow limit your creative process or result in a boring, homogenous group of images,  actually, the opposite happens.  It’s really a paradox effect sort of thing. By setting limits, you will somehow start to take a deep dive into the creative process.  The results will be well worth it. 

The small set of images below were the result of setting the limit (for a day on a family holiday) of only shooting black and white.  

What limits will you set for yourself? 

Remember, the light is always right! 

  • Sunday 13 August Street Photography Workshop in Hong Kong * 
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See these related Blog posts for more tips and techniques on how to improve your photography:

 

Blog # 61 On Assignment

 

Blog # 46 What Makes Art Worthy?

 

Blog # 42 It’s All in the Details

 

Blog # 6 Projects

 

Blog # 16 Special Edition 2016: Project 365 Complete!

 

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Blog #68 Photography is a Gift http://jeremyhgreenberg.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/blog-68-photography-is-a-gift Blog #68 Photography is a Gift

 

I think photography is one of the greatest gifts. The camera is a technological marvel that is really a miracle.  Arthur C. Clarke said,

 

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”.

Indeed, when you expose photosensitive paper in the darkroom under the enlarger for a few seconds, then dunk it into a tray with developer, about eight seconds later an image appears before you. This is science, of course, but it still seems like magic each and every time. Amazing! 

Now that we ALL have cameras (including small children) and we collectively upload something to the tune of 2 billion (that’s 1000 million X 2) images daily, we have plenty of pictures to keep us busy for many lifetimes and even earth times.  Is it too much? No it is not. I take comfort in this fact since there are an infinite number of image possibilities.  From that point of view, we’re barely scratching the surface. 

The current SnapGramTwitFace culture that we live in is lightyears from Gutenberg’s printing press from 1440.  

Sharing is caring or so it goes. 

Images come in many forms and sizes. Share through social media, print a book, print a zine, print on paper, print and frame then give it away.  Original art or portraiture is always appreciated when received. Sure there are rules such as don’t post more than one image on Instagram per day.  That’s probably a reasonable suggestion. Take into consideration that if someone has one 100 + that they are following and everyone posts one image per day, that’s a tall task to look at 100 images from one single social media site only. You get the picture! 

The point here is to share images that are significant with the people in your life. They will appreciate it and you’ll be glad you did.  Good photos do nothing sitting in your hard drive as a series of zeros and ones. Bring your art into the real world and the world will be better for it. 

 

Be great, and remember, the light is always right. 

 

jhg

 

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Link to Revised Website, Projects, and Images

 

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Blog #11 Is Photography Art?

 

Blog #50 *Special Feature* Process Over Product

 

Blog #61 On Assignment

 

Blog #62 Shooting [from] A Plane

 

Japan Camera Hunter Article: Why you should experiment with different film

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jeremyhgreenberg@me.com (Jeremy H. Greenberg) gift media photographer photographs photography photos social http://jeremyhgreenberg.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/blog-68-photography-is-a-gift Thu, 03 Aug 2017 12:38:46 GMT
Blog #67 Risks, Rules, & Restrictions http://jeremyhgreenberg.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/blog-67-risks-rules-restrictions Blog #67 Risks, Rules, & Restrictions

A formal education in art and design that includes image making will expose one to "rules" that one should master. Mastery of these rules should result in pleasing image making compared to one that is ignorant of such rules. This is the prevailing logic. These rules are derived from an analysis or critique of many great images usually from paintings from hundreds of years ago. 

The term "rule" is a bit of misnomer. Guidelines might be a more appropriate term. Most of these rules or guidelines pertain to establishing the subject of the image and placing that subject in the frame (compositionally) in an interesting manner. Images that "work" could be described as having consistency with (or nearly so) the guidelines for what makes a good image. 

The counter point to this approach was best stated by the great Ansel Adams.

 

"The are no rules for good pictures,

only good pictures”. 

 

So where does that leave us? Learn the rules or throw them all out of the window, screw the rules and the text books that wrote them and find your own path as an artist?  Well, in short, yes and no. 

A formal or informal study of art and what makes good art (critique) is like learning to cook. There are underlying practices and combinations of ingredients that are generally pleasing to most pallets.  These are accepted "norms" and found to be present in most dishes that most people appreciate. These ingredients or combinations and cooking techniques have been distilled and extracted from some of the worlds most popular dishes. 

For example, spaghetti and tomato sauce can be viewed as a staple dish. It works. It's delicious, and most people would agree. Spaghetti is also one of the first dishes that children learning to prepare their own meals might learn to make and for good reason. It's not that complex and many variations can be derived from its basic components. 

However, the world would be pretty boring if we had to eat spaghetti all of the time. Mastery of basic skills and ingredients of cooking or photography is not only a good place to start, it might even a necessary place to start in order to develop a more elaborate repertoire of either creative pursuit. This is true of many creative fields such as music or acting.

More elaborate images including complex compositional layers and control of depth of field, for example, are likely the result of mastery of the basics and the photographers continued application of those guidelines although in more complex and novel ways.  There is more than one road to success or improvement for that matter but I have found this road works for me. 

In conclusion, learn the basics and practice practice practice them to mastery. Then, intentionally break the rules, blaze a new trail, carve your own niche, and solve the climate change problem while you’re at it. 

Take risks. Experiment. Impose limits on you're self like using one focal length only for the day, month, or year. Shoot film. Shoot in black and white only. Only shoot people. Make a plan and most of all have fun and for the love of photography share your work. Give it away for free. 

Remember, the light is always right.

Jhg 

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Blog #66 The Photographer’s Ethical Responsibility to Photography http://jeremyhgreenberg.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/blog-66-the-photographer-s-ethical-responsibility-to-photography Blog #66 The Photographer’s Ethical Responsibility to Photography

Ethics related to photography usually involves the responsibility of the photographer to the individual being photographed.  In most places, people in public can be photographed and images can be used under a fair use clause.  For commercial purposes when money will be exchanged or for marketing or promotional reasons, written permissions are usually required.  Model releases and property releases are necessary for commercial purposes.  For more on this subject, check out Blog #14 & Blog #15.

What about the photographers’ ethical responsibility to photography itself or other photographers for that matter.  Do we need to give back?  I would argue that yes we do.  While there is nothing wrong with shooting for oneself and the hobbyist and/or amateur does just that without constraints.  The professional photographer, however, ought to answer to a higher authority, so to speak.  It’s simply the right thing to do.  

Printing and sharing images for friends, family, and others can be fun and helps to give photography a good name.  John Free, street photographer from LA, takes this notion one step further and would say that if you do not share your photos “You’re a punk!”. 

He goes on to posit that photography is a gift.  I agree.  

Photography is a gift that should be shared.  As professionals, we have an obligation to do so.  There are multiple ways in which we can share and give back to the field.  Critique, prints, classes, workshops and tutorials, or simply being a supportive and positive force through social media are but a few vehicles in which photographers can communicate and return the gifts that have been given to them.  

I have been fortunate to be involved in a photography series of classes through an international school in which I work.  Teaching students to shoot, develop, and print film has been an immensely rewarding experience.  I find enjoyment in sharing images and prints of my friends and family.  Sometimes I will go the extra mile and get the prints framed professionally before giving them away. People really enjoy the gesture and I get a kick out the experience of sharing my images.  

My fiend Mike has a small Instax printer and snaps photos, prints, and hands them out along the way. This is exemplary and helps to establish the act of photographing people (even strangers) as a fun, harmless, and collaborative process. More photographers should do this sort of thing.  Everyone would benefit from this type of selfless sharing. 

“I wish I hadn’t given away so many of my photographs”, said the photographer on their deathbed, never!

Shoot

Print

Share

Repeat

I think I will get T-shirts made with these words. Would you buy one? What size are you? Orders start soon. 

Remember, the light is always right. 

jhg

 

 

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jeremyhgreenberg@me.com (Jeremy H. Greenberg) 35mm photographer photography professional study travel http://jeremyhgreenberg.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/blog-66-the-photographer-s-ethical-responsibility-to-photography Sat, 15 Jul 2017 08:03:54 GMT
Blog #65 Summer is for Travel to Somewhere New (Hanoi) http://jeremyhgreenberg.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/blog-65-summer-is-for-travel-to-somewhere-new-hanoi To extend your skills as a photographer, it’s common to hear:

 Buy books (and travel), not gear.

I agree with this directive and would add that travelling to someone new has some distinct advantages that should lead to improvement.  When you travel to a new place for just a few days, you can’t see everything.  Therefore, you need to make some decisions about what to do (and shoot) and what not to (and not shoot).  Weather should be a factor in your decisions.  You might get lucky, or you might not. That’s the beauty of the situation, you never know what to expect.  You might have a plan or you might not. Either way, having a suitable camera and lens that works for the environment that you’re in will lead to some interesting interactions.  Regarding gear, bring back-up by all means. Smartphones count.  

How will the locals respond to you? What are the rules of engagement and attitudes of people in this new place? Do I want to shoot people, buildings, food, or all of the above? These are but a few of the questions that you might need to discover when shooting aboard far from home, out of your comfort zone. 

This summer I went to Hanoi, Vietnam. It’s an absolutely amazing place. The 1000 year old capital city has about 7 million people and 3 million motorbikes. It’s a blend of old French colonialism and modern day Asia. The food is outstanding and the coffee…out of this world! Their home grown coffee was some of the best I’ve ever had and I’m admittedly a bit of a coffee snob (life’s too short to drink crap).  

In this post and third of a series on summer travel, I would like to encourage your travelling to someplace new and make photos there. The mere act of doing so will force you to make all types of decisions that will exercise your brain and get you thinking about photography again in a fresh way.  You will meet new people and maybe make some friends.  One of the keys to a long and happy life is social connections. It’s not money, or personal possessions, it’s people and connections.  Your camera is your passport to friends, happiness, and life. Use it!

Remember, the light is always right.

jhg

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Blog #64 Summer is for More Travel (Miami) http://jeremyhgreenberg.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/blog-64-summer-is-for-more-travel-miami Blog #64 Summer is for More Travel (Miami)

In the second of a series of three blog posts on travel.  The previous post was about travel with the intention of giving you some food for thought on how to approach making images while travelling.  Looking from the outside in can only reveal so much. As travellers we have some natural limitations that we need to try to overcome in order to capture the essence of a place. Meeting people and experiencing places that are off the beaten path can reveal more about a place than the typical tourist might see.  

In my case, on a recent visit to Miami, I stayed with family and was able to shoot some images of nature at my brother’s house that most people would never get to see.  These, I have posted in black and white along with some color images from around town that I thought worked for various reasons. Travel is great and travelling with a camera gives a new vantage point for the traveller. 

For the record, I did ask permission of the cigar store owner to make his portrait.  I chatted with him for a bit and learned that his son was also a photographer working in New York.  He was a nice guy and if you’re ever on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, check him out. The smokes are primo! I would also highly recommend the NSU Art Museum and Boca Raton's Art Museum as well. 

The light is always right.

 

jhg

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Blog #63 Summer is for Travel (Denver) http://jeremyhgreenberg.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/blog-63-summer-is-for-travel-denver Blog #63 Summer is for Travel (Denver)

As mentioned in the previous blog post, this is first of a triple series, Summer is for Traveling. In the last blog, I posted some photos that were made from my window seat on the plane. They were mostly of clouds and some particularly interesting farm lands around the middle of America that look like a patchwork quilt.  These were shot while flying from Denver to Miami.  The world looks much different from 35,000 feet and the fresh perspective is cool and different much like the new trend of drone photography.  Have you ever wondered how long that trend will last?  

Here, I’ll share some photos of Denver, the Mile High city in the first of a three-part series on travel. 

A few relevant questions to ponder while traveling is what type of images will you shoot? Of course there is nothing wrong with the quintessential travel snapshot that we all shoot as regular human activity.  However, some of us seek to push that boundary and go beyond.  

How does one capture the essence of a place? There are some characteristics of the people from a place that may describe some of this essence or spirit of the people. Fashion, dress,  or occupation can provide hints as to the nature of a sense of place and its climate or at least the climate at that time of year.  Getting close to people, or hanging out with friends from a place can give a unique perspective and “insiders vantage point”.  While this can be a real challenge as a foreigner and that challenge is compounded by language barriers, but it comes with the territory for the professional photographer. 

Architecture and building façades can reveal the nature of a place as well.  The building styles, shapes of the roofs, colors, and building materials can give hints about the uniqueness of a city, region, or country.   Of course landmarks are an easy way to communicate elements of a city, but that’s taking the easy road.  Give the viewer a little more work to do to figure out the context of the image.  Keep them guessing.  Make them work a little, but not to much.  Avoid being too obvious or stereotypical in your images.  There are some universals in many cities that could be anywhere, or at least anywhere USA.  Might see the image and think “Somewhere in the mid-west of the USA”. That’s close enough. If the image screens “DENVER”! You’ve gone to far. Dial it back a bit. 

I made these images in this post on a recent trip to Denver, Colorado, USA.  There are both black and white and color.  In general, I avoid posting both together as there seems to be some photography faux pas for doing so, but sometimes you need to break the rules to tell your story in the way that you want to tell it.  

The final task in making travel images is deciding if you want to share them, with whom, and how many.  Most would agree that 10-20 is plenty of images and appropriate for anything other than a book.  I chose 19 that illustrate my adventures in Denver for about five days.  I did see some friends while there and really enjoyed the place.  Notice this post mentions cameras, lenses, and gear exactly zero times.  This is intentional.  Sometimes, it’s best to divorce ourselves from the discussion of the technical aspects of photography and focus on the story and the place, and the people.  The rest can be rather academic.  For more on this topic, check out Blog #58 on the subject of Micro & Macro Education. 

Until next time, remember, the light is always right. 

jhg

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jeremyhgreenberg@me.com (Jeremy H. Greenberg) USA denver photographer photography professional story storytelling study summer travel http://jeremyhgreenberg.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/blog-63-summer-is-for-travel-denver Sun, 09 Jul 2017 15:43:38 GMT
Blog #62 Shooting [from] A Plane http://jeremyhgreenberg.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/blog-62-shooting-from-a-plane Blog #62 Shooting (from) A Plane 

July 4th is the unofficial start of summer in the USA. In Hong Kong, 1 July is HKSAR Establishment Day.  This year, the event marked the 20th year of the infamous 1997 Handover [of Hong Kong from the British back to China (sniff!)]Big Boss Man President Xi from Beijing was in town to oversea the transition from Chief Executive CY Leung to Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s first woman Chief Executive.  There were lots of protests and rain (as usual) so venturing outside to brave the crowds and photograph the fireworks was a PASS (no thanks!) for me, this year.

However, as the regular school year and summer are ushered in by the heavy rains, my thoughts are drawn to making images now more than ever.  Summer is the time for travel.  In May I went to Denver (for my other work) and then Miami for a few days to visit my family.  Of course I wear a camera so I was happily snapping away pretty much the whole time.  In two days from now, I will start my summer travel plans with a brand new destination (for me).  That place is Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city.

Over the the next few blog posts I will reflect on travel and making images along the way.  In this blog, I will post some images that I made en route to these places, from the plane.  I usually carry my cameras, lenses, film, and gear onto the plane since the temperature and conditions are generally more hospitable for sensitive equipment compared to the freezing cold belly of the plane.  I generally request a window seat since there are really cool things like cloud formations [not to mention the earth from 35,000 feet] that I don’t get to see on a regular basis. Plus, I’m admittedly addicted to making images, so it goes.  

The images here I think work well to give a fresh perspective and pilot eye’s view of the world. 

There are those that advocate for buying experiences through travel and photography books rather than gear.  Of course you need all three ultimately but every dollar spent on travel and photography books is worth ten (or more) spent on gear.

Where are you going this summer? Will you bring a camera, smartphone? How about your imagination or photographic vision or plan? Don’t leave home with that. 

The light is always right. 

 

jhg

Nikon D61

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Blog #61 On Assignment http://jeremyhgreenberg.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/blog-61-on-assignment Blog #61 On Assignment

All creatives in various fields face similar challenges. As photographers, to continue to create or to be motivated to continuously create can be quite a challenge. What project shall I work on next? How do I know if my current project(s) is done? These are typical questions that most of us will face and to varying degrees, struggle with, over time.  

Avoid the trap of buying another camera or lens since this is not likely to lead to improvement in any measurable way. Sure, you can eBay any new camera or lens, unpack the box, smack a roll of whatever film and head out to the wild blue yonder but that’s a false approach to creativity.  It’s bogus and unlikely to result in any real personal growth let alone artistic progress.  

National Geographic has assignments that anyone can submit to for free. There is a plethora of sources for contests and assignments online through many sources.  Ted Forbes (YouTube) holds photo assignments every other Monday that are worthwhile and free.  Friends are great for this sort of thing as well.  During those “in between” times between personal or commercial projects, it is critical to continue to hone one’s skills with the camera as well as with their eyes and creative mojo. 

For example, a friend and avid photographer, Mike Epstein and I went on a self-imposed assignment this month.  There were some pretty strict rules: we would shoot different brands of colour film (and later develop it at home ourselves), and use a 35mm focal length lens on one roll and a 50mm focal length lens on another roll. Mike suggested that we shoot images using the theme of transportation, and I obliged.  So after our obligatory coffee we went out with our bags filled with colour 35mm film and camera loaded, and we got to work.  Mike was kind enough to  give me a roll of Cinestill 50 as well so of course we burned that one as well.  The target rolls were Kodak Ektar 100 (shot mid-day with the 50mm lens) and Kodak Portra 400 (shot afternoon with the 35mm) lens. 

The fairly strict rules forced us to work within these parameters.  Actually, there are still quite a range of subjects that one can shoot on the streets of Hong Kong within this set of rules.  There are tons of bright red taxis, road signs, trams, busses, bikes, and road signs. Having limits is actually helpful because we immediately eliminated more than half of what was going on.  Without buildings, people, nature, rubbish, or things in general, our choices of subject were narrowed considerably.  

The images herein were the result of that one-day color film two-lens self-imposed challenge. It’s a good experience and I would encourage any photographer to use the “On Assignment” mantra in between their other assignments or just for the hell of it. 

The light is always right.

jhg

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Blog #60 Atmosphere http://jeremyhgreenberg.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/blog-60-atmosphere Blog #60 Atmosphere

Have you ever looked out a window that has direct sun light pouring through and notice the specks of dust that dance around in a random fashion? Have you ever noticed and appreciated the grain associated with the film photographs and thought about the grain as though they were individual photons [particles of light]? There's an aesthetic there that is unique and special.  I’m talking about the quality of a two-dimensional image that presents as a three-dimensional image. In other words, depth.  When you can see and feel the air in a photography, it’s got atmosphere.

If you look at the Editor’s Favorite’s on the National Geographic website, you’ll know what I mean.  There, you will find many excellent examples.  Atmosphere is a special quality of an image that really makes it *POP* Sometimes this is due to the light. Sometimes this is due to the tones, or texture in the image. Atmosphere may be achieved through the gentle focus fall off that isolates the subject within the frame and allows everything else in the image to melt away.  Grain or digital noise usually ads atmosphere to an image without degrading the quality or otherwise distracting from the subject. 

Atmosphere is the proverbial cherry on top of the image that is already good, already works, and achieves greatness.  It’s the holy grail of photography.  This is equally as difficult to achieve conscientiously as it is rare.  Look for fog, lighting, or some tangible aspect in the air quality to capture.  One of the ways that you can put the viewer into your image is through the addition or inclusion of atmosphere. It’s a real challenge to achieve this but the results are well worth the effort.

 

The light is always right.

 

jhg

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