LW1250 - Faith
LW1250 - Faith Artmaking requires faith, often with no evidence to support it. You might also be interested in. . . Every Picture Is a Compromise, a series at www.brooksjensenarts.com. and... "How to" tutorials and camera reviews are everywhere on YouTube, but if you're interested in photography and the creative life, you need to know about the incredible resources you can access as a member of LensWork Online. LensWork Online includes hundreds of hours of audio, video, and downloadable content...

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HT0832 - There is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch
HT0832 - There is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch A few thoughts about Adobe's new Super Resolution. Sorry to say, I'm just not convinced yet....

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HT0831 - A Twinge of f-64 Guilt
HT0831 - A Twinge of f-64 Guilt We live in a brave new world of photographic possibilities....

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HT0830 - Where You Least Expect It, Part 2
HT0830 - Where You Least Expect It, Part 2 Being out in the landscape is a great way to find landscapes to photograph. Funny thing is, being out in the landscape can also put you in touch with non-landscapes that excite your creative juices. Being out there. Yup, just being out there is the most important thing you can do....

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HT0829 - Letting It Simmer
HT0829 - Letting It Simmer In today's Instagram world (as well as all the other social media), there is precious little time between image capture and image distribution. I'm not sure this is the best way for an image to mature and present its entire potential....

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HT0828 - When You Least Expect It
HT0828 - When You Least Expect It Photographic opportunities can pop up anywhere, and often when we least expect it. Our job is to be open and sensitive so we can leap into action when the opportunity presents itself....

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HT0827 - Oliver Gagliani's Passion
HT0827 - Oliver Gagliani's Passion I once visited Gagliano to discuss his photography and was introduced to Brahms. Passion for human expression is not limited to our chosen medium....

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HT0826 - The Future of Paper
HT0826 - The Future of Paper I know it's dicey to make predictions about the future based on contemporary science fiction, but have you notice that there is no paper in Star Trek? All the more reason for us to make prints today while we still have access to the means of production....

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LW1249 - Different Ways of Seeing
LW1249 - Different Ways of Seeing.wav Knowing how your brain works easily and when it needs more purposeful effort on you part can be a crucially important lesson in your creative life. You might also be interested in. . . Every Picture Is a Compromise, a series at www.brooksjensenarts.com. and... "How to" tutorials and camera reviews are everywhere on YouTube, but if you're interested in photography and the creative life, you need to know about the incredible resources you can access as a member...

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HT0825 - The Center Column of Your Tripod
HT0825 - The Center Column of Your Tripod Simply put, the taller your tripod, the less stable it is. Extend the center column for that extra bit of height and you are really in risky territory. I try to insulate these shots from failure by making multiple exposures in the hopes that one of them is really sharp....

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HT0824 - Hyperfocal Distance is Your Friend
HT0824 - Hyperfocal Distance is Your Friend One of the things I miss from the old days is the way my lenses showed me hyperfocal distance right on the lens barrel. None of my digital lenses have it, so I use the DOF Simulator app on my phone to calculate the hyperfocal distance. It's more accurate, but not nearly as convenient. In emergencies, there is always the 1/3 rule....

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HT0823 - Damn, Reciprocity Success
HT0823 - Damn, Reciprocity Success Those of you who remember or are currently using analog materials know about "reciprocity failure" and the consequences for long exposures. Strangely enough, I sometimes miss those innocent days....

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HT0822 - Managing the Trade-offs
HT0822 - Managing the Trade-offs Every decision we make is a trade-off between benefits and complications. The Diffraction Bogeyman is a good example. Of course diffraction exists, and in mystical ways that no human being fully understands. If you listen to most discussions of diffraction, the advice is always to avoid small apertures at all costs or you will ruin your pictures. But like all choices in life, it's simply a question of managing the trade-offs. I'm more than happy to lose a little sharpness i...

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HT0821 - 8K Video in a YouTube World
HT0821 - 8K Video in a YouTube World There is no question that YouTube is the largest platform in the world for video content delivery. So why again are we all supposed to need 8k capable video cameras? A similar train of thought for you still photographers: 50 megapixels in an Instagram world....

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HT0820 - Seven Grand
HT0820 - Seven Grand Let's pretend that you are a novice who has just been introduced to photography and you want to jump in. You'll need a camera and you decide to outfit it with a holy trinity of lenses. If you buy new, there goes a quick $7,000. Add a computer, printer, and software and you are well over S10 ,000. Now that you've spent all that money, what capabilities have you purchased?...

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HT0819 - A World Full of Opinions
HT0819 - A World Full of Opinions There are more than a few people out there — on the Internet and in particular YouTube — who are more than happy to be your authority. Not me. Any ideas you pick up from the so-called experts should undergo verification to see if the authority knows what they are talking about or not. The importance of testing for yourself....

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LW1248 - Learning Never Stops
LW1248 - Learning Never Stops Everything I now do in photography uses tools that were invented after I graduated from school. Life is change. You might also be interested in. . . Every Picture Is a Compromise, a series at www.brooksjensenarts.com. and... "How to" tutorials and camera reviews are everywhere on YouTube, but if you're interested in photography and the creative life, you need to know about the incredible resources you can access as a member of LensWork Online. LensWork Online inclu...

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HT0818 - Lens Sharpness
HT0818 - Lens Sharpness It's consistent that my analog prints are not as sharp as my digital ones. I've always attributed that to the fact that an analog enlargement passes the image through two lenses — the one on the camera and the one used by the enlarger. Twice the opportunity for problems to creep into the process. But recently I've been thinking I might have overlooked an even more influential aspect of modern lenses that accounts for their superior sharpness....

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HT0817 - Shopping for Inkjet Papers
HT0817 - Shopping for Inkjet Papers Another tidbit of wisdom from the late Oliver Gagliani about choosing the paper you will use for your prints....

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LW1247 - The Younger Generation
LW1247 - The Younger Generation I have some concern that the younger generations thinks about photography so differently than previous generations that something will be lost that we've worked so hard to build: the sense that photography is a fine art medium. You might also be interested in. . . Every Picture Is a Compromise, a series at www.brooksjensenarts.com. and... "How to" tutorials and camera reviews are everywhere on YouTube, but if you're interested in photography and the creative life, ...

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HT0805 - Small Projects and Momentum
HT0805 - Small Projects and Momentum One of the curious things I've discovered about producing small projects which I then publish in my personal PDFs titled Kokoro, is that by continually working on small projects, it helps me keep momentum flowing in my creative life....

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LW1246 - Letting Go of Guilt
LW1246 - Letting Go of Guilt I've been feeling a bit guilty because I haven't been out with the camera as much as I'd hoped. Then again, which is more important to me right now, more image captures, or producing more finished artwork from the images I already have in my Lightroom catalog? You might also be interested in. . . Every Picture Is a Compromise, a series at www.brooksjensenarts.com. and... "How to" tutorials and camera reviews are everywhere on YouTube, but if you're interested in photo...

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HT0804 - Cultivating Curiosity
HT0804 - Cultivating Curiosity Of all the tools at the disposal of photographers, I believe none is as valuable as curiosity. My photographic career is almost defined by the question "I wonder what's down this road?"...

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HT0803 - The Mechanics of Production
HT0803 - The Mechanics of Production I recently received a junk email advising me that they could teach me everything I needed to know to start a successful podcast. They wanted to sell me a microphone and all the necessary accessories, a tutorial on registering domain names and generating RSS feeds, etc. Nowhere did it mention anything about content. This reminded me of so many photography tutorials I see....

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HT0802 - Over-emphasizing the New
HT0802 - Over-emphasizing the New In our rapidly changing culture, there is tremendous pressure on content creators to constantly be coming up with something that's new. This could be a trap that we should be wary of. "New" and "noteworthy" are not the same thing....

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HT0801 - Managing the Humongous Task
HT0801 - Managing the Humongous Task One of the really daunting tasks that all of us have is the challenge of keywording in Lightroom. It's a humongous task and a seemingly never-ending one. There is, however, a strategy that can help that is another one of Maureen's famous cooking examples from the kitchen. Turn the giant task into smaller bite-sized challenges....

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HT0800 - Creative Awareness
HT0800 - Creative Awareness One of the best ways I know to start seeing potential subjects is to stop looking for them. Instead of running around with your camera in search of an image, try putting the camera down and just becoming open and aware to everything around you. As if from thin air, potential images will begin to appear like magic....

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HT0799 - Little Irritations
HT0799 - Little Irritations A horizon line that is parallel with the bottom of the picture is okay, as is a clearly tilted Dutch angle. But an angle that's only one or two degrees is an irritation. Having a shallow depth of field is okay, but if your portrait focuses on the tip of the person's nose but their eyes are out of focus, that's a little irritation....

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HT0798 - Packed and Ready to Go
HT0798 - Packed and Ready to Go At home, I always kept my camera gear on the shelf, in plain view, so that I could grab and pack whatever I needed for that specific outing or trip. My philosophy here in the travel trailer is different....

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LW1245 - On Getting Older
LW1245 - On Getting Older Let's talk about the "oldephant" in the living room. You might also be interested in. . . Every Picture Is a Compromise, a series at www.brooksjensenarts.com. and... "How to" tutorials and camera reviews are everywhere on YouTube, but if you're interested in photography and the creative life, you need to know about the incredible resources you can access as a member of LensWork Online. LensWork Online includes hundreds of hours of audio, video, and downloadable content...

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HT0797 - Always a Decade Behind
HT0797 - Always a Decade Behind A couple of days ago I was out photographing and drove roughly a hundred and twenty miles to find not much inspiration and only a few exposures. When I got back to my campground, however, I was tired, the light was beautiful, and I noticed several potential subjects that were within an arm's reach of my trailer....

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HT0796 - Idea Acquisition Syndrome
HT0796 - Idea Acquisition Syndrome A couple of days ago I was out photographing and drove roughly a hundred and twenty miles to find not much inspiration and only a few exposures. When I got back to my campground, however, I was tired, the light was beautiful, and I noticed several potential subjects that were within an arm's reach of my trailer....

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HT0795 - Minimum Focus Distance
HT0795 - Minimum Focus Distance A couple of days ago I was out photographing and drove roughly a hundred and twenty miles to find not much inspiration and only a few exposures. When I got back to my campground, however, I was tired, the light was beautiful, and I noticed several potential subjects that were within an arm's reach of my trailer....

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HT0794 - Here, Now
HT0794 - Here, Now A couple of days ago I was out photographing and drove roughly a hundred and twenty miles to find not much inspiration and only a few exposures. When I got back to my campground, however, I was tired, the light was beautiful, and I noticed several potential subjects that were within an arm's reach of my trailer....

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HT0793 - Manga
HT0793 - Manga I've never been a fan of comic books because I'm not into the superhero thing. I am, however, fascinated with the intersection of the manga form of storytelling and its potential use in photography....

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HT0792 - The Viewer's Experience
HT0792 - The Viewer's Experience Understanding how your audience will experience your artwork is a crucial step in refining your project. Don't forget that you know everything about your artwork, the audience knows nothing. And the knowledge you have exclusively needs to be examined in light of what and how you communicate to those not in the know....

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HT0791 - Push Too Far, Then Come Back
HT0791 - Push Too Far, Then Come Back I think this is the fundamental strategy of art-making. And I mean this in even some of the most practical ways. When I use a zoom lens I pushed too far and then come back. In post-processing I pushed too far then come back. An image selection, I choose to many then I cut back. In developing the text for project, I write too much and then cutback....

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LW1244 - A Little 50-Year Perspective
LW1244 - A Little 50-Year Perspective Just to add a little perspective to our lives here in 2021, let's look at two eras of photography and compare. You might also be interested in. . . Every Picture Is a Compromise, a series at www.brooksjensenarts.com. and... "How to" tutorials and camera reviews are everywhere on YouTube, but if you're interested in photography and the creative life, you need to know about the incredible resources you can access as a member of LensWork Online. LensWork Onlin...

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HT0790 - The Perfect Camera
HT0790 - The Perfect Camera Perfect for what? If a camera is perfect for 90% of what you do is it a failure because it doesn't do the 10% you'd like to or may never do? Is the perfect camera one that requires that you not think because it is so automatic? Is that really a virtue?...

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HT0789 - Cultural References
HT0789 - Cultural References If I refer to ruby red slippers, you know exactly what that reference means. If I use the term Red-Nosed Reindeer, we all know exactly who I'm talking about. But to someone raised outside our culture, such references might be perfectly meaningless and risky to use in our artwork because they will fail to connect....

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HT0788 - Old Time Radio
HT0788 - Old Time Radio From time to time, I simply get overwhelmed by pop culture's over-sexualized, hyperactive, cuss-word laden, post-apocalyptic view of modern life. Maybe this is why I enjoy classic photography more than so much of contemporary photography. So much of contemporary popular photography seems insistent that it preach to me with pop culture's point of view. This is why I like classic literature, old time radio, and traditional photography. I prefer being informed and entertained rather th...

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HT0787 - Memory Cards Don't Last Forever
HT0787 - Memory Cards Don't Last Forever Yesterday while I was out photographing, I had a memory card simply fail. There was no logical reason, I hadn't done anything, there were no static discharges, simply no reason the card should have failed, but it did. I'm so grateful I had a camera with dual card slots and a backup card to replace the failed one....

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HT0786 - Becoming One with the Camera
HT0786 - Becoming One with the Camera When a talented musician wants to play a musical phrase, they don't have to think how to move their fingers. They're so at one with the instrument they just think the melody and their fingers find the keys. The same can be said of learning a new language. There comes that moment when you don't have to translate in your mind, you just start thinking in the new language. That "becoming one with the instrument" is what we should strive for with our cameras....

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HT0785 - Features I Didn't Know
HT0785 - Features I Didn't Know I think with most photographers from time to time it occurs to them that they might need a new camera. But today's cameras are so complex and so feature-laden it might be that we just need a deeper dive into the feature-set we already own....

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HT0784 - 20 mph
HT0784 - 20 mph When I go out photographing, my most preferred method is to drive very slowly — 20 miles an hour or so -- so that I can look and think. Nothing irritates me more than trying to photograph when I have to drive fast because of traffic. This means I tend to choose roads where there is very little traffic and I can lollygag at my own pace, stopping whenever I want, sometimes even in the middle of the road. I wonder if this influences the kinds of things I photograph because of the kinds of road...

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LW1243 - Going Back with Fresh Eyes
LW1243 - Going Back with Fresh Eyes I'll soon be returning to some familiar locations to try to photograph them with fresh eyes. This has always been a challenge for me because I have a difficult time not repeating myself. I need some new strategies. You might also be interested in. . . Every Picture Is a Compromise, a series at www.brooksjensenarts.com. and... "How to" tutorials and camera reviews are everywhere on YouTube, but if you're interested in photography and the creative life, you need ...

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HT0783 - 90-minutes of Media Fun
HT0783 - 90-minutes of Media Fun Last night I felt like reading, so I pulled out my current novel and dove in. It was 7pm. About 8:30 I realized my eyes were tired and so I put down the book and decided to watch a movie. When the movie ended about 10, I went to bed. As I was lying there drifting asleep I tried to remember the last time I spent 90 minutes with either a photograph or, more likely, a book of photographs. Why is it so easy to spend 90 minutes with music or the theater, but that seems unreason...

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HT0782 - A Concert of Cymbals
HT0782 - A Concert of Cymbals If photography has an Achilles heel, it's that it presents us with an instant in time. One of the great challenges of Photography is how to expand that time. When successfully accomplished, it can dramatically alter the impact of a photograph....

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