Ancestral Findings

Category - Beginning Photography

Sharp Picture, Fuzzy Concept

If there’s a quote that photographers should live by, it’s this one. Photography across mediums and throughout history proves it to be true.

Merciless

Part of being artistic is the ability to be merciless during the act of creation. Self-critique without being unkind, and know when to cut what isn’t...

Ancestral Findings

The Best Laid Plans

We all make plans to do photography, but life has a habit of changing those plans. Adaptability is key—and it takes a variety of forms.

Photographic Memoirs

Is there value in creating a photographic memoir, even if your work is unknown? I think so—and here are my reasons for it.

Extreme Familiarity

While some may say that returning to the same places is boring, building greater levels of familiarity enables us to tell richer, deeper photographic...

Seize the Day

Sometimes creativity is all about having a positive mindset—which can be challenging! Here are my thoughts on maintaining that mindset.

Music, Meditation and Motivation

Music, meditation, art, and all the myriad forms of media are all things we can use to fuel our creative lives. They motivate us, inspire us, and give...

Objectives Define Everything

Sometimes our objectives limit what we can do—and they may limit our mental capacity to accept change. Going in with an open mind is always the better...

Branching Projects and Spinoffs

Free flowing creativity is a wonderful thing. It’ll lead you to exploring creative branches you never would have imagined. Here’s how to keep it all...

Feeling What You Photograph

Is it possible that we can apply the lessons of musicians to photography? Here’s a quick thought to help you add emotion to your photographs.

Making Photography a Daily Habit

It’s tough to take photos every day, but there are lots of little ways you can work photography into a busy life. Here are a few ideas to get you...

Just Reacting

Preconceived notions can get in our way when what we’re expecting fails to materialize. It’s on us to overcome it when expectations don’t match reality.

Effortless Photography

Art should be an effortless thing that sweeps you up rather than leaving you in awe of technical aspects. Here are my thoughts on achieving effortless...

Creating a Conversation

Photography is a descriptive medium—and that makes it hard to tell a story. Here are my thoughts on ways to create storytelling interactions within...

Finding Time or Making Time?

Accomplishing the things we want to do isn’t so much about finding time, but about making time. Here are my thoughts on why this mindset is important.

You See Differently

Viewers can’t see everything that the photographer sees in his or her own images. The art comes from trying to make them see.

Aging Photographs

It’s tempting to share exciting new images as soon as we can after taking them. But letting them age a little bit can truly bring out the beauty.

Photography Has No Limits

Where photography is concerned, it truly is possible to create whatever you can imagine. Here are some ways to get your creative ideas flowing!

Self-Examination as a Photographer

If we, as photographers, aren't introspective, we may not see how our thoughts change over time. Take a moment to think back and refresh yourself.