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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Many of us have reluctantly signed up for the Adobe Creative Cloud because .. well .. because there’s not much of an alternative. A monopoly is a monopoly and monopolists have the tendency to take what they think is theirs.
This might be changing right now. A few days ago, Affinity Designer has emerged. It’s a vector program that works remarkably well. You get to switch between three different modes (they call them “persona”): vector, pixel and export. It’s fast, it’s small and it seems really well programmed.
While that in itself is all great, here are a few more goodies:
Affinity is planning to release two more products: Photo and Publisher. If the quality of Designer is any indication on what’s to come, Adobe might have a bit of a problem on their hands. I’m serious. This thing is speedy and fun to work with. Watch the video on their home page, after playing with Designer on my 2012 Macbook Air, I can confirm that what they demo in the video isn’t sped up.
And then there’s the pricing model: bye bye subscriptions. Affinity Designer is $39.99 (20% discounted launch offer until Oct/9/2014) and if you buy it, it’s yours to keep.
Oh, and did I mention that they support Mac OSX 10.7 and up? So my old 2007 Mac Pro can play too!
The more I rummage around in Designer, the more little delightful things I discover. For example the non-destructive boolean operations (hint: select two shapes, click the boolean toolbar icons while holding down the Alt/Option key) and then I found this in the help file: the Affinity Cat
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.
If you want to get the monthly ABOL mail, let me know here.
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).
I just added a new way to support the show: Patreon. Think crowd-funding for artists. Become a patron starting as low as $1. Did I mention rewards? Yes, rewards will be based on the size of your patronage. And this is just the beginning. I’m planning for more rewards over time.
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