HOW TO LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE AS A PHOTOGRAPHER

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Even though the notion of ‘living your best life’ seems like this silly millenial/zillenial notion, it is still a good one. Why?

It focuses on you to maximize you.

The notion we get distracted with is ‘changing the world’. Why not ‘change ourselves’? Or better yet, maximize ourselves, our passion (photography)?


1. Don’t stay home

In life we make the wrong optimization:

We try to make our photography lifestyle fit our work lifestyle.

Rather we should

Have our work fit our photography lifestyle.

Money is overrated (money thoughts). Photography, arts creation is underrated.

Hit the road. Go on a cruise. Travel. Go to Cambodia (Phnom Penh), go to Vietnam (Saigon/Hanoi), or just go on a road trip somewhere close by (JOSHUA TREE, lake arrowhead etc). Hit the road like Sinbad.

The ideal is to die with $0 in your bank account (or crypto wallet). The best strategy in life:

Funnel all of your money and resources to travel, explore, adventure .. and just shoot photos along the way.

2. RICOH GR IIIX

Just buy a Ricoh or Ricoh GR IIIX. I rate the camera as at least 1000x better than any Leica M11, Leica Q2, Fujifilm camera, Digital Medium Format camera, iPhone Pro, etc.

Ricoh is the future.

If Henri Cartier-Bresson were alive today, he would shoot with a RICOH GR IIIX (40mm is similar to the 50mm focal length), not a Leica M camera, or any Leica camera.

Thoughts on street photography lenses

3. GoPro it.

I just got a new GoPro Hero 10, and really like it. Really fun– at least 1000x more fun than shooting with an iPhone (or even iPhone Pro in ultra wide mode). It makes photoraphy fun again.

As an added plus, Seneca loves it too! He has been getting really good at pushing buttons, and he has been pushing the buttons on top.

Use GoPro to go on more adventures, and document and record your experiences via video (1080p, 60fps, and ultra wide is good).

4. Just blog it and move on

Start your own blog. After writing 10,000 blog posts my takeaway:

As you never stop drinking coffee, or using the toilet… you should never stop blogging or posting.

Best to think about photography as a stream of becoming.

I find, I love to best quickly review and export my photos, upload them to my blog and just move on. Staying in tandem with your photography seems like a wise option.

5. Create and share

Make your own books (PDF EBOOKS). Share them. Publish, be generous, keep it open source.

Easy.

Use Apple Pages to make an e-book (yeah you can!) or Affinity Publisher, or even design in Apple Keynote/Google Slides and export as PDF.

The Future of Photography is Digital Publishing > // PDF LINK CHICAGO BY KIM


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Tandem Photography

seneca running

Stay in tandem with your photography: perhaps it is wise that on a daily basis, you quickly shoot (extra small JPEG, high contrast black and white filter on Ricoh GR IIIX), while also quickly flagging and exporting/uploading your photos to your own blog (wordpress media library) on a daily basis)?

The gym is a fragile place

You never know how busy it will be, how long you will have to wait for equipment, level of hygiene etc.

Classic shape, new materials.

In praise of the new innovations in the Converse all stars (Nike owns converse). Probably some good cross pollination creativity going on here — Nike design aesthetic applied to classic Converse designs.

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