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I feel kinda bad for my rant yesterday, specifically because I (unintentionally) called out what was probably several photographers. I don’t know if what I said offended anyone, but if it did it wasn’t my intention.

Diana Chaloux for David Bickley Photography

I’m not going to apologize though because well, I’m not wrong. I may not have any tact, but that doesn’t change the truth. If you want to learn how to use your camera, you need to use it more. If you want to learn to light better, study Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Davinci, etc…

Then play. Be a kid again and discover things!

There’s a tremendous lack of originality in the world and I suppose I just get annoyed at what I perceive as people trying to find the easy way out. The harder path is always the one that gains you the most.

Maybe I don’t see the value in knowing what particular settings a person used because I rarely pay attention to my own on a conscious level. However, I know that when I was first starting I was always concerned with it. Eventually it becomes instinct, but it can’t become that if you don’t work to make it so.

Blah blah blah…can you tell I’m passionate about this?

Ultimately I want to make this clear. You can all ask me any questions you want, and I will always do everything I can to answer it. I don’t want to discourage any of you from doing whatever you can to learn. You have to develop your own vision though, and no matter what knowledge I give you…that journey is and will always be your own. Nothing I say is likely to make your personal vision any clearer.

For example…I still don’t know how to describe my own work. I understand that people recognize it, but I can’t describe it because well, it’s just how I see things. I’ve heard plenty of descriptions, but if you were to ask me what my style is you’re very likely to hear a long “ummm.” To me the adjectives we attach to an image or style only scratch the surface of what it makes us feel.

Or maybe I just lack the vocabulary.

See you tomorrow,