Ancestral Findings

Category - Photography Clips

Experiential Art

Experiential art is the act of creating art through the lens of our own experience—and it’s a great way to create what hasn’t been done before.

Searching for Meaning

Prioritizing the search for meaning may be the secret to creating insightful images. Find out more about my thoughts here!

Balancing Perfection

If ever there were a creative devil, it’s perfectionism. Learn how to selectively cut corners to move on to new projects rather than rehashing the old.

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.

Opportunities are Fleeting

Photographic opportunities can be fleeting. It’s on us to take these opportunities as much as we can so that we don’t miss all that potential.

The Dangers of Sunk Cost Fallacy

Sunk cost fallacy is a phenomenon that can lead photographers to doing all kinds of crazy things. Here are thoughts to help you avoid it.

Experiencing People

Sometimes experiencing people, getting to know them, leads to photographic opportunities. Here are thoughts on how people can inspire.

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.

Don’t Discount the Trip

If we apply the idea of “the hero’s journey” to photography, we find something surprising: It’s not always the destination that counts, but the path we...

Taking Notes

Life so often leads us to missing photographic opportunities. Perhaps we as photographers must learn to become better note takers, too.

Repeating Yourself

How can you tell when an image in a series is repetitive? We may need to try the tricks that writers use to see what fits and what needs to go.

The Wane of Camera Reviews

With camera reviews on the wane, what will bloggers talk about next? Maybe this is a signal that it’s time to return to the creative side of things.

High School Tricks

It’s easy to get into the high school mentality when trying to fluff out a portfolio—but it’s ill advised. Let the project end at its natural stopping...

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...

Is Your Niche Too Narrow?

That old “jack of all trades, master of none” mentality could limit us as photographers. Here are my thoughts on the benefits of broadening your...

Unusual Categories

Looking for the unusual is what photographers do, and looking for unusual categories can help you create projects. Here are thoughts to help you get...

The Best Tools

What is the best camera system? Only you can answer that question. The best gear is the gear that doesn’t interrupt your artmaking with technical...

Something to Share

There are so many ways to share beyond social media, but we sometimes lose sight of that. Here are some ideas to help you share your photography.

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...

Avoiding Extremes

Marketers sell flagship cameras because that’s the only way to excite us. But do we need it when less expensive models will suit most needs?

There are Stories Everywhere

Everyone and everything has a story to tell. On uninspired days, searching for these unique stories might be the best way to create art.

The Hidden Costs of Photography

What are the hidden costs to photography? There are lots, and they’re lurking where you least expect them! Here are some thoughts to help you find them.

Not Saving Film Anymore

We are no longer limited by the number of exposures in a roll of film. These days, it’s better to leave nothing to chance and take lots of exposures.

Much Ado About Noise

Could it be that we worry too much about noise? Is the point of art to be as realistic as it can be? Sometimes—but not always!