Because I Can – Double Exposure

One of the beauties of photography is that there are so many ways to do it. The numerous styles and techniques allow us to produce a variety of amazing images. Many of these techniques are at best unnecessary and at worst ridiculous. I like these ones. This “Because I Can” blog section is all about these techniques and their value to our photographic experience. Let’s be clear, I do not intend to provide a tutorial. I want to introduce the technique and discuss why such things are good for us. I have discussed how important it is to be the driver of …

Why Do You Take Photos?

Motivation is a fundamental human condition. Many (myself included) believe it to be the most important concept when considering any activity we participate in, whether it is photography or anything else. This is because why we do something will determine how we do it and what we gain from it (e.g., enjoyment, creativity, well-being, etc). In this post I want to look at what we are motivated towards and why this is important. So let’s consider why we might take pictures. What are you motivated towards? There are many reasons to take part in photography and all can fit into …

Psychological ABC for Enjoying Photography

In my first post I briefly noted why I take pictures. I enjoy the geek, the creative, the challenge and the escape. These are my motivations. But what if we dig a little deeper? What does photography do for me, and perhaps for many others too? It’s easy to keep plodding on taking pictures because “it’s what you do”, while forgetting what excited you about photography in the first place. In this post I want to try and take a more sophisticated, psychological, look at why I enjoy making images. In doing so I want to discuss how we might …