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LensWork - Photography and the Creative Process

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Rank #45 in Visual Arts category

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Random Observations on Art, Photography, and the Creative Process. These 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 40 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. Included in this series are the LensWork Podcasts -- typically 10-15 minutes exploring a topic a bit more deeply -- and our almost daily Here's a thought . . . series. Here's a thought . . . is the audio portion from videos with the same title and are snippets, fragments, morsels, and tidbits from Brooks' fertile (and sometimes swiss-cheesy) brain. Usually just a minute or so. Pretty much daily. Always about photography and the art life. 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 "Seeing in SIXES (2016), The Best of the LensWork Interviews (2016), Photography, Art, and Media (2016), Seeing in SIXES (2017), Seeing in SIXES (2018), and Seeing in SIXES (2019).

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Random Observations on Art, Photography, and the Creative Process. These 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 40 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. Included in this series are the LensWork Podcasts -- typically 10-15 minutes exploring a topic a bit more deeply -- and our almost daily Here's a thought . . . series. Here's a thought . . . is the audio portion from videos with the same title and are snippets, fragments, morsels, and tidbits from Brooks' fertile (and sometimes swiss-cheesy) brain. Usually just a minute or so. Pretty much daily. Always about photography and the art life. 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 "Seeing in SIXES (2016), The Best of the LensWork Interviews (2016), Photography, Art, and Media (2016), Seeing in SIXES (2017), Seeing in SIXES (2018), and Seeing in SIXES (2019).

iTunes Ratings

223 Ratings
Average Ratings
175
22
8
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10

Brevity

By Cystokidd - Sep 25 2019
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I love the two minute format. Great pearls to think about on a daily basis.

Outstanding podcast

By jwgreg60 - Nov 02 2018
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I look forward this podcast each week as a source of photographic inspiration.

iTunes Ratings

223 Ratings
Average Ratings
175
22
8
8
10

Brevity

By Cystokidd - Sep 25 2019
Read more
I love the two minute format. Great pearls to think about on a daily basis.

Outstanding podcast

By jwgreg60 - Nov 02 2018
Read more
I look forward this podcast each week as a source of photographic inspiration.
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LensWork - Photography and the Creative Process

Latest release on Jan 23, 2020

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Random Observations on Art, Photography, and the Creative Process. These 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 40 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. Included in this series are the LensWork Podcasts -- typically 10-15 minutes exploring a topic a bit more deeply -- and our almost daily Here's a thought . . . series. Here's a thought . . . is the audio portion from videos with the same title and are snippets, fragments, morsels, and tidbits from Brooks' fertile (and sometimes swiss-cheesy) brain. Usually just a minute or so. Pretty much daily. Always about photography and the art life. 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 "Seeing in SIXES (2016), The Best of the LensWork Interviews (2016), Photography, Art, and Media (2016), Seeing in SIXES (2017), Seeing in SIXES (2018), and Seeing in SIXES (2019).

Rank #1: HT0319 - Photography as An Art Medium

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Here's a thought ... Photography's great strength is its power to describe with such incredible detail and reality. But can you think of another art medium whose purpose is to merely describe? Said another way, what do music and dance, painting, sculpture, novel writing, poetry, and theater have in common? It is that same something that makes some photography an art.

Jan 18 2020

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Rank #2: HT0318 - The Same Postponement

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Here's a thought ... One of the primary arguments in favor of 4K video is future proofing. This is exactly the same thing we went through years ago with archival prints. Better to concentrate on finding your audience here and the now rather than produce for the future.

Jan 17 2020

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Rank #3: LW1177 - Photographic Myths

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Just because everyone says it and it's deeply rooted in conventional wisdom, that doesn't make it true. As a pragmatist, I'm amazed how many myths about digital photography simply don't describe what I experience as a pragmatic image maker.

You might be interested in . . .

"How to" tutorials and camera reviews are everywhere on YouTube, but if you're interested in photography and the creative life, you need to know about the incredible resources you can access as a member of LensWork Online. LensWork Online includes hundreds of hours of audio, video, and downloadable content - literally terabytes of content, content, and more content. All 1200+ of Brooks Jensen's podcasts, the complete Here's a Thought... video library, Looking at Images commentaries, Creative Labs and new channels for 2020 including Finding the Picture and Those Who Inspire Me and Why. We add new content literally every day. You can learn more about memberships to LensWork Online at www.lenswork.com. And don't forget that all members can download the digital versions of LensWork for your tablet or computer. The most content-rich resource for ideas and inspiration you'll find anywhere on the Internet.

Jan 13 2020

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Rank #4: LW1176 - Digital Myths

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Just because everyone says it and it's deeply rooted in conventional wisdom, that doesn't make it true. As a pragmatist, I'm amazed how many myths about digital photography simply don't describe what I experience as a pragmatic image maker.

You might be interested in . . .

"How to" tutorials and camera reviews are everywhere on YouTube, but if you're interested in photography and the creative life, you need to know about the incredible resources you can access as a member of LensWork Online. LensWork Online includes hundreds of hours of audio, video, and downloadable content - literally terabytes of content, content, and more content. All 1200+ of Brooks Jensen's podcasts, the complete Here's a Thought... video library, Looking at Images commentaries, Creative Labs and new channels for 2020 including Finding the Picture and Those Who Inspire Me and Why. We add new content literally every day. You can learn more about memberships to LensWork Online at www.lenswork.com. And don't forget that all members can download the digital versions of LensWork for your tablet or computer. The most content-rich resource for ideas and inspiration you'll find anywhere on the Internet.

Jan 06 2020

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Rank #5: LW1175 - Fundamental Decisions

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Before I left for Asia this year, I went back and did a deep review of my images from 2009 - in particular, those images that had a technological failure. From this review, I developed a strategy that I'm delighted to report worked perfectly during this year's trip.

You might be interested in . . .

Announcing the 2020 LensWork Community Book Project!

In 2020, we are shifting gears from six-image projects to outstanding single images. Our 2020 book project is for those of you who prefer to create a stand-alone, outstanding image. The 2020 book will revolve around a theme, and will be titled Our Magnificent Planet. Obviously, the emphasis will be on landscape images, but there will be a number of categories represented:

The grand landscape
Our flowering world (plants, blossoms)
Trees
Water (ponds, creeks, rivers, oceans)
Humans in the environment
Mountains and snow
Dunes
Intimate landscape
Boats and the water's edge

Now accepting entries!

Deadline for entries is May 31, 2020

Everyone who enters will receive a book (One copy per entrant.) whether or not your image(s) is selected for publication.

Our Magnificent Planet entry form and instructions

Dec 10 2019

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Rank #6: LW1174 - Precision

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Strange as it may sound, I do miss the precision demanded of me by the processes in the wet darkroom. Perhaps it's time to recognize that precision is still required, but in a different area of our art life.

You might be interested in . . .

We wish to thank ALL of the photographers who entered their projects in our 4th and final Seeing in SIXES book competition! Once again, an enthusiastic response from the LensWork community provided a diversity of excellent work. Pre-order this 312-page book at the special rate before September 30th at www.lenswork.com. And stay tuned for a new project in 2020!

Sep 26 2019

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Rank #7: LW1173 - Practical Tech

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Here is a partial wish-list of practical features I'd love to see added to the next generation of cameras - or better yet, included in the next firmware update for my existing camera!

You might be interested in . . .

If you like Brooks Jensen's podcasts, check out his new video series titled, "Here's a thought..." These short 1-2 minute videos will give you a daily dose of creativity and something to think about. The three most recent videos are available to everyone at  daily.lenswork.com. The entire back-episode archive is always available to members of LensWork Online.

Aug 22 2019

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Rank #8: LW1172 - Our Own Judgment

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Are we qualified to judge our own work? Some research into this suggests it is more complicated that we might think.

You might be interested in . . .

If you like Brooks Jensen's podcasts, check out his new video series titled, "Here's a thought..." These short 1-2 minute videos will give you a daily dose of creativity and something to think about. The three most recent videos are available to everyone at  daily.lenswork.com. The entire back-episode archive is always available to members of LensWork Online.

Jul 24 2019

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Rank #9: LW1171 - Motivations versus the Market

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If you want to sell you photographs, you'd better be willing to let go of your internal motivations and produce the photographs the market demands - even if that's dewy spider webs and kittens playing with yarn.

You might be interested in . . .

If you like Brooks Jensen's podcasts, check out his new video series titled, "Here's a thought..." These short 1-2 minute videos will give you a daily dose of creativity and something to think about. The three most recent videos are available to everyone at  daily.lenswork.com. The entire back-episode archive is always available to members of LensWork Online.

Jul 16 2019

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HT0324 - Thumbs Up Thumbs Down

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Here's a thought ... Not whether you like or agree with a photograph but rather why you don't like it, disagree with it, or have no reaction? Binary responses are simplistic and waste an opportunity to engage the artwork on a more meaningful level.

Jan 23 2020

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HT0323 - Empty Magnification

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Here's a thought ... Every optical system - including photography - has a limit as to how much detail it can show. Beyond that limit is what microscopists call "empty magnification" - a bigger image, but without revealing any additional detail.

Jan 22 2020

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HT0322 - Editing for Whom?

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Here's a thought ... Editing - that is, selecting and rejecting - is a tricky business. Edit for yourself and you might eliminate pictures that others would love. Edit for others and you might feel inclined to keep some images that you think are not your best.

Jan 21 2020

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HT0321 - Location Data and Postal Codes

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Here's a thought ... I've noticed how often photographers will show me a pile of prints and while I'm looking, they add a running commentary about the location where each image was shot. Why? Thanks to advice from Jay Dusard, I no longer title my prints "Anacortes, WA." WA is a postal code, not a location name.

Jan 20 2020

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LW1178 - When Your Brain Works Against You

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My quick introduction to the reticular activating system.

You might be interested in . . .

"How to" tutorials and camera reviews are everywhere on YouTube, but if you're interested in photography and the creative life, you need to know about the incredible resources you can access as a member of LensWork Online. LensWork Online includes hundreds of hours of audio, video, and downloadable content - literally terabytes of content, content, and more content. All 1200+ of Brooks Jensen's podcasts, the complete Here's a Thought... video library, Looking at Images commentaries, Creative Labs and new channels for 2020 including Finding the Picture and Those Who Inspire Me and Why. We add new content literally every day. You can learn more about memberships to LensWork Online at www.lenswork.com. And don't forget that all members can download the digital versions of LensWork for your tablet or computer. The most content-rich resource for ideas and inspiration you'll find anywhere on the Internet.

Jan 20 2020

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HT0320 - Poo-poo Occurs

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Here's a thought ... Recently, I dropped my camera, had a memory card failure, washed my smartphone in the laundry, and one of the hard drives on my NAS storage failed. We can't eliminate technological failure, but we can reduce the risk of catastrophic consequences.

Jan 19 2020

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HT0319 - Photography as An Art Medium

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Here's a thought ... Photography's great strength is its power to describe with such incredible detail and reality. But can you think of another art medium whose purpose is to merely describe? Said another way, what do music and dance, painting, sculpture, novel writing, poetry, and theater have in common? It is that same something that makes some photography an art.

Jan 18 2020

Play

HT0318 - The Same Postponement

Podcast cover
Read more
Here's a thought ... One of the primary arguments in favor of 4K video is future proofing. This is exactly the same thing we went through years ago with archival prints. Better to concentrate on finding your audience here and the now rather than produce for the future.

Jan 17 2020

Play

LW1177 - Photographic Myths

Podcast cover
Read more
Just because everyone says it and it's deeply rooted in conventional wisdom, that doesn't make it true. As a pragmatist, I'm amazed how many myths about digital photography simply don't describe what I experience as a pragmatic image maker.

You might be interested in . . .

"How to" tutorials and camera reviews are everywhere on YouTube, but if you're interested in photography and the creative life, you need to know about the incredible resources you can access as a member of LensWork Online. LensWork Online includes hundreds of hours of audio, video, and downloadable content - literally terabytes of content, content, and more content. All 1200+ of Brooks Jensen's podcasts, the complete Here's a Thought... video library, Looking at Images commentaries, Creative Labs and new channels for 2020 including Finding the Picture and Those Who Inspire Me and Why. We add new content literally every day. You can learn more about memberships to LensWork Online at www.lenswork.com. And don't forget that all members can download the digital versions of LensWork for your tablet or computer. The most content-rich resource for ideas and inspiration you'll find anywhere on the Internet.

Jan 13 2020

Play

LW1176 - Digital Myths

Podcast cover
Read more
Just because everyone says it and it's deeply rooted in conventional wisdom, that doesn't make it true. As a pragmatist, I'm amazed how many myths about digital photography simply don't describe what I experience as a pragmatic image maker.

You might be interested in . . .

"How to" tutorials and camera reviews are everywhere on YouTube, but if you're interested in photography and the creative life, you need to know about the incredible resources you can access as a member of LensWork Online. LensWork Online includes hundreds of hours of audio, video, and downloadable content - literally terabytes of content, content, and more content. All 1200+ of Brooks Jensen's podcasts, the complete Here's a Thought... video library, Looking at Images commentaries, Creative Labs and new channels for 2020 including Finding the Picture and Those Who Inspire Me and Why. We add new content literally every day. You can learn more about memberships to LensWork Online at www.lenswork.com. And don't forget that all members can download the digital versions of LensWork for your tablet or computer. The most content-rich resource for ideas and inspiration you'll find anywhere on the Internet.

Jan 06 2020

Play

LW1175 - Fundamental Decisions

Podcast cover
Read more
Before I left for Asia this year, I went back and did a deep review of my images from 2009 - in particular, those images that had a technological failure. From this review, I developed a strategy that I'm delighted to report worked perfectly during this year's trip.

You might be interested in . . .

Announcing the 2020 LensWork Community Book Project!

In 2020, we are shifting gears from six-image projects to outstanding single images. Our 2020 book project is for those of you who prefer to create a stand-alone, outstanding image. The 2020 book will revolve around a theme, and will be titled Our Magnificent Planet. Obviously, the emphasis will be on landscape images, but there will be a number of categories represented:

The grand landscape
Our flowering world (plants, blossoms)
Trees
Water (ponds, creeks, rivers, oceans)
Humans in the environment
Mountains and snow
Dunes
Intimate landscape
Boats and the water's edge

Now accepting entries!

Deadline for entries is May 31, 2020

Everyone who enters will receive a book (One copy per entrant.) whether or not your image(s) is selected for publication.

Our Magnificent Planet entry form and instructions

Dec 10 2019

Play

LW1174 - Precision

Podcast cover
Read more
Strange as it may sound, I do miss the precision demanded of me by the processes in the wet darkroom. Perhaps it's time to recognize that precision is still required, but in a different area of our art life.

You might be interested in . . .

We wish to thank ALL of the photographers who entered their projects in our 4th and final Seeing in SIXES book competition! Once again, an enthusiastic response from the LensWork community provided a diversity of excellent work. Pre-order this 312-page book at the special rate before September 30th at www.lenswork.com. And stay tuned for a new project in 2020!

Sep 26 2019

Play

LW1173 - Practical Tech

Podcast cover
Read more
Here is a partial wish-list of practical features I'd love to see added to the next generation of cameras - or better yet, included in the next firmware update for my existing camera!

You might be interested in . . .

If you like Brooks Jensen's podcasts, check out his new video series titled, "Here's a thought..." These short 1-2 minute videos will give you a daily dose of creativity and something to think about. The three most recent videos are available to everyone at  daily.lenswork.com. The entire back-episode archive is always available to members of LensWork Online.

Aug 22 2019

Play

LW1172 - Our Own Judgment

Podcast cover
Read more
Are we qualified to judge our own work? Some research into this suggests it is more complicated that we might think.

You might be interested in . . .

If you like Brooks Jensen's podcasts, check out his new video series titled, "Here's a thought..." These short 1-2 minute videos will give you a daily dose of creativity and something to think about. The three most recent videos are available to everyone at  daily.lenswork.com. The entire back-episode archive is always available to members of LensWork Online.

Jul 24 2019

Play

LW1171 - Motivations versus the Market

Podcast cover
Read more
If you want to sell you photographs, you'd better be willing to let go of your internal motivations and produce the photographs the market demands - even if that's dewy spider webs and kittens playing with yarn.

You might be interested in . . .

If you like Brooks Jensen's podcasts, check out his new video series titled, "Here's a thought..." These short 1-2 minute videos will give you a daily dose of creativity and something to think about. The three most recent videos are available to everyone at  daily.lenswork.com. The entire back-episode archive is always available to members of LensWork Online.

Jul 16 2019

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LW1170 - Submit

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Time to send in your work for review and possible publication in LensWork. Why not? Our Submission Guidelines can be found at our website.

You might be interested in . . .

If you like Brooks Jensen's podcasts, check out his new video series titled, "Here's a thought..." These short 1-2 minute videos will give you a daily dose of creativity and something to think about. The three most recent videos are available to everyone at  daily.lenswork.com. The entire back-episode archive is always available to members of LensWork Online.

Jul 12 2019

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LW1169 - Beyond Geometry

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Most people think of composition as a matter of placement, lines, and controlling eye movement. Beyond geometry there is the language of composition. A short discussion of four of the most important bits of compositional vocabulary.

You might be interested in . . .

If you like Brooks Jensen's podcasts, check out his new video series titled, "Here's a thought..." These short 1-2 minute videos will give you a daily dose of creativity and something to think about. The three most recent videos are available to everyone at  daily.lenswork.com. The entire back-episode archive is always available to members of LensWork Online.

Jul 09 2019

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iTunes Ratings

223 Ratings
Average Ratings
175
22
8
8
10

Brevity

By Cystokidd - Sep 25 2019
Read more
I love the two minute format. Great pearls to think about on a daily basis.

Outstanding podcast

By jwgreg60 - Nov 02 2018
Read more
I look forward this podcast each week as a source of photographic inspiration.