Fine Art

Photography: What's Your Purpose?

Photography: What's Your Purpose?

I have been practicing photography for around five years now. During these last five years, I have become a better photographer, but I would say that when it comes to creating meaningful art, I have only just begun. While images don’t have to be meaningful, I do find that having a purpose behind pressing the shutter makes the process more fulfilling.

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Revisiting Locations... Again!

Revisiting Locations... Again!

I have lived in Oregon for a little over two years now and while I enjoy going to new spots I have also found revisiting old ones enjoyable as well! There are plenty of reasons to constantly chase new locations and images, but when I have gone on trips for this purpose many of the images I came home with lacked something in them.

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Photography Communities

Photography Communities

Photography is great on its own. I find it easy to go out in the field on my own and capture images because it is time that I can set aside for just myself. While I enjoy these moments of solitude, it is not what photography is all about and there is more to be had with the photography community!

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Tall Poppy Syndrome

Tall Poppy Syndrome

There is a climb to the top that most including myself are on. Everyone is taking their own path or forging a new one and each journey is interesting to look at in hindsight. There is a concerning part though in how some are making their own way or rather bringing others down to elevate themselves.

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Separation of Layers in Landscapes

Separation of Layers in Landscapes

When photographing landscapes there are many things to keep in mind. Among the list of things to keep at the top of mind include composition, exposure, light, etc… There are also areas that overlap like light and composition, and this is something I would like to talk about in this article.

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Professional vs Amateur Photography

Professional vs Amateur Photography

Photographers love to talk about and dream of the title of being a ‘professional photographer’. It stems from what I believe to be a pipe dream of ambition to break free from a more monotonous life. This ‘professional photographer’ that we all idolize is someone who shoots all the time, has the best images, makes a ton of money, and has all of the gear. This daydream is just as false as it is dangerous to our amateurism in photography. Plainly put, being a professional photographer isn’t all its cracked up to be. Let me explain…

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Being Picky in Photography

Being Picky in Photography

Photography is what you choose to make it. As I learned in my day job, everything you do should have a purpose behind it. If you make it your job or business there is an expectation that you photograph very specific things, and while this is important when you are making an income to make sure you “got the shot”, that isn’t the sole purpose of photography. In your personal work and during your free time you should be very picky about what you choose to make images of.

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Stress Management: Design and Fine Art

Stress Management: Design and Fine Art

The constant pressure and stress of everyday life are demanding on us. It beats us down and wears out our bodies of energy reserves. Inevitably, we need to turn off and stop because we all have a set capacity for how much we can take. These ‘release valves’ may materialize in many different ways like food/drink, vacation, and entertainment. This is a natural part of the process for everyone, but what if there were an alternative? 

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