• no questions, there is no why, do or do not. If you start dissecting the frog, you are left with parts but the frog is gone. The same with creativity. It’s gotta flow, questions only put up walls and allow self-censorship to seep in.

    October 14, 2007
  • Leaf

    Really compelling blog. This is obviously valuable advice given from the heart. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    October 14, 2007
  • admin

    Dave, I agree with you, but only to a point. Approching a subject creatively, you still need to ask questions. Go into it blind and you’ll miss opportunities, guess randomly at how to achieve what you want, and have trouble finding your message. As long as a photographer is aware of the questions, then self-censorship can be avoided.

    Leaf thank you. It’s something that’s helped me, and I hope it will help others.

    October 24, 2007
  • Dave,

    This is a wonderful topic, thanks for exploring and sharing your thoughts! While we shouldn’t forget that most prolific photographers of our time were taking photos all the time, they were still asking themselves “why” afterwards. Each photo was a learning exercise for them. But the learning could only happen by asking that simple question.

    In today’s world of photography, we are seeing a flood of technology people jumping into photography (see posting I wrote: . They may get the technology behind today’s digital photography. But, they haven’t explored the creative aspect of photography yet. In my mind, the “why”.

    I think you’re right, we all should practice asking why more often.

    October 30, 2007
  • Id like to photograph standing subjects and have a narrow depth of field, but using 17~70mm @f/4.5 or my 28~135mm F/3.5~f5.6 just dont give me a narrow enough depth of field. using my long zoom I have to move back so far that the dof widens..and with the wide angle lense I just have to back up as well. I am considering a prime lense..with a fixed apature of 1.8 or less to give me the necessay shallow depth of field. Id like some opions on this so that I can buy the right lense.. Im taking wedding photo’ the having the background blurred or out of focus is most important.

    February 10, 2009
  • Is there a way to become a content writer for the site?

    April 03, 2009

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