Welcome to Five Faves, a new monthly series where I list five items along the same vein, all related to photography. These can be anything, from five of my favorite books, to five of my favorite lenses.
In this post, I look at five of my favorite blog posts about photography.
1. This Story About Photography is About Much More Than Photography, by Scott Kelby
You know what the cool thing is about this post? It’s one of those things that makes you pissed off at and proud of the photo community in the same darn story. What a great story. The quote below sums it up nicely.
Sometime soon, you’ll have an opportunity to [help someone]. Maybe it’s to help someone at work. Maybe a friend. Maybe like Matt it’s to help someone you’ve never met. Take that opportunity and do it. By the way, the feeling you get when you help somebody else – that right there – that’s your good deed already coming back to you.
2. The Real Deal, by Joe McNally.
This is a bit of a rambling post, centered around the Santa Fe photo workshops in New Mexico, and the art scene there. Joe reminisces about his time there, and his experiences with the Monroe Gallery. In this post is my all-time favorite quote about photography by a living photographer.
What I truly believe about a powerful picture is that after viewing it, you are never the same. You have been changed, forever. You might not realize it at that moment, but you are. There’s been an interior, seismic shift in your emotional substrata. The plates tilted, just a little bit. These pictures linger, like a persistent thought. Or, like someone shouting to you in a rainstorm, it gets your attention, even if you can’t completely make out what it’s saying. Sometimes, they’re like a wound. Photographic scar tissue.
3. The Importance of Knowing You Suck, by Martin Prihoda.
The title says it all. I often return to Martin’s philosophical musings when I need some perspective on life (and photography). His zen-like cool is pretty calming – and he calls it like it is, as evidenced by this blog post. My favorite takeaway from this post:
So embrace your suck; just like the line between pain and pleasure, with a little attention that in you which sucks could very well turn out to be your greatest strength.
4. Over Saturated Market You Say? You Can Blame Me. by Zack Arias.
I love it when Zack gets on his soapbox – mostly because he’s usually right about whatever he’s preaching. The majority of the time, it’s in the vein of “Stop whining, I know it’s hard, just go, shoot, work, DO!” This post is about that – and to be fair, it’s actually a series, with the second and third posts rounding things off nicely. Here’s one of my favorite nuggets:
I, Zack Arias, am part of the over saturated market. I am one of the many who are filling the waters of this industry. Every job I take is a job off of the table of another photographer. I am a working photographer in large part due to the prevalence of affordable DSLRs, the expense of film and development being removed from my up front overhead, and the Internet.
5. What’s Old is New: Return to Weddings, by Daniel Milnor.
This is the post that is responsible, at least in some significant part, to my return to film photography. I never took the full plunge as Daniel did, but this post is what made my buy a Mamiya C33 TLR and go out there and shoot Velvia and Acros. Why? Here’s the short version, from Daniel’s post.
So, I’m not choosing this old route to be different, not at all. I’m doing it because I love it. It rekindles the relationship I had with my work all those years ago. And a happy photographer, in my book, typically is a good photographer.
Those are my five favorite blog posts at the moment. What are yours? Leave us a note in the comments below.