How do we lose our passion for photography, and how can we get it back? That’s a tough question that many photographers wonder about, especially at the point when they are in a slump and don’t know how to get out of it.
Chris asked the TFTTF Patrons what they did when that happened to them and boy did they deliver! Passion is hard to maintain, especially when it comes to a field as creative as photography. But you’ll learn that it’s not just photography where that can happen. Other creative fields such as music or writing struggle with the same things and their solutions to things like writer’s block might lead the way to rekindling your passion for photography.
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ABOL’s been sitting dormant for a while, but I’ve just found a way to bring it back!
I sift through an awful lot of photography-related news and blogs and websites, so you don’t have to. Every last Friday of the month, I’ll send out a mail with a bunch of links to the most interesting, informative, inventive or outright strange photo stuff that I came across.
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Today on the show Chris will discuss cliché cameras, and why people relate to some pictures more than others. It’s quite amazing actually.
The pattern matching thing itself is pretty cool. Once you realize that humans are very pattern-driven beings, it becomes quite obvious how to improve your photography and direct the attention of the viewer to places that match certain patterns. There are match hierarchies, e.g. some things match stronger than others. There are also other hierarchies that we match on, but next to colors, patterns are one of the strongest matches that we have.
Let’s start with eyes. Eyes and the human face are on the top of the list. They are super strong matches and you can almost guarantee that a viewer will be drawn to them. And it gets weirder: we aren’t just drawn to actual faces, we are drwan to the match of a face. Or in short: to things that are similar to faces. We recognize faces in thing all the time, some unintentional (look at the clouds), but some very deliberate (look at the front of a car).
Chris will briefly talk about the new iPhone 6 and how that relates to photography. He’ll also try to find the elusive value of art and let’s see if we can help brad to stylize his photos through post production.
You take a sunset picture. Oh no, not again. HDR? Seen it all. Or maybe a color key where a red rose sits lonely in a sea of black-and-white? Clichés are everywhere in photography. Chris explores how bad it really is if you choose to shoot a cliché picture.
A word from Chris: TFTTF needs your help. It is hard for me to ask for money, which is why I don’t do it often, but in a episode like this one that doesn’t have a sponsor paying for the servers (there are three of them), for the production time (it takes at least three hours to make one single episode) and for all the rest of the invisible but all important infrastructure, your support is crucial to help keep the Top Floor lights on.