That's What I'm Talking About
There’s more to photography than f-stops and photoshop. Don’t get me wrong, when I want to bust a new move in photoshop, YouTube is my friend. And I scour the web constantly searching for a cure for my G.A.S. (gear acquisition syndrome). But there’s something missing. Something big. I'm talking about the creative vision piece, what I call The Art of Seeing. But it's a little lonely out there. The mighty internet feels like a ghost town when it comes to practical ways for photographers to sharpen their creative vision. Why? No one denies the importance of creativity in photography, but most people figure there’s only so much you can say about it. That's the best reason I can come up with. It’s a, "you have it or you don’t” kind of thing, right? Or at best, your creativity and personal style will just develop over (a long) time. That’s just wrong in my experience. Creativity is a muscle, I can teach anyone the Photographer’s Eye.
If we’ve met, you already know that I’ll blab to anyone who will listen about The Art of Seeing. But it’s really inefficient spreading the gospel of Seeing to one person at a time. That’s why I’m taking my show on the road. It’s called Seeing 101 and in it I talk about how I learned that there are literally two ways of seeing, My ‘Aha’ Moment; which way is ‘right' for photography (or any other artistic/creative task) and techniques to trick your brain into shifting into C-mode (creative mode). It runs about 90 minutes and I’m giving this presentation to anyone who’ll have me, I mean various photography groups. And just so we're clear, I never once mention your inner child or how the big bad world is crushing your dreams.
There are 4 events scheduled so far, all of which are open to the public. If you are in So. Cal or Seattle, I'm personally inviting you to attend. Details are below and this list will grow (hopefully a lot) in the coming months. Please subscribe to be notified when these new events are announced.
Finally, if you’re part of a photography group and you would like to host a Seeing 101 presentation, contact me and I’ll do my best to make it happen.
Hope to see you in the audience,
Upcoming Seeing 101 presentations:
Monday, April 10 at 7:30 pm, Sierra Club Camera Committee, Santa Monica, CA: Felicia Mahood Center. Full Event details here.
Monday, May 1 at 7pm, Redlands Camera Club, Redlands, CA: First Presbyterian Church. Full Event details here.
Monday, July 10 at 7pm, Canon Digital Learning Center, Costa Mesa, CA. Full Event details here.
Tuesday, October 17 at 7:30pm, Seattle Photographic Society, Seattle, WA: Crown Hill United Methodist Church. Full Events detail here.
Note: some groups' calendars may not be updated yet, please check back