Random Observations on Art, Photography, and the Creative Process. These short 2-4 minute talks focus on the creative process in fine art photography. LensWork editor Brooks Jensen side-steps techno-talk and artspeak to offer a stimulating mix of ideas, experience, and observations from his 35 years as a fine art photographer, writer, and publisher. Topics include a wide range of subjects from finding subject matter to presenting your work and building an audience. Brooks Jensen is the publisher of LensWork, one of the world's most respected and award-winning photography publications, known for its museum-book quality printing and luxurious design. LensWork has subscribers in over 73 countries. His latest books are "The Creative Life in Photography" (2013) and "Looking at Images (2014).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A True Gentleman of Photography
His insights are invaluable. This podcast is truly inspiring and I hope others get much out of his wisdom and experiences. Brooks is a legend.
Critical black details
Great recommendations! Thank, thank you for sharing!!
Out of date, out of touch
I have been listening for years. Now I am disappointed and I want to let Brooks Jensen know that I find his reference (in podcast #HTO743) to an Asian author as a “cute little thing” offensive and disrespectful. Neither cute, nor little nor thing is an apt description of the successful, influential, internationally acclaimed entrepreneur. An apology is in order.