FART for better photos - Ken Rockwell

Fart for better photos > I take my best pictures when I FART first. FARTing helps us remember to make a strong, meaningful photo instead of just snapping away and winding up with a lot of boring, thoughtless snapshots. FART is a mnemonic for a creative process.

Ken Rockwell is not the best photographer in the world and some people really disagree with him on some aspects of photography but this little mnemonic is great photography advice for everyone. I love starting here rathe than “the rule of thirds” or whatever because all of those composition rules can be broken.

I thought of this post as I had seen that CJ Chilvers had written in support of the upcoming The Sweet Setup Photo course. Honestly, when they announced they were making photo course I was worried. The feel I usually get from tech journalists who write photo advice focus more on the tech side of photos (surprise). So they’ll really get into the “need” for a super fast lens, getting a tone of bokeh and finally some classic composition tips like “the rule of thirds” (all of which can be broken). But CJ Chilvers isn’t that type of photographer and he focuses on photos for the average person.

That’s what made me think of this post. It’s great for a complete beginner taking their first photo, but it’s also a useful reminder for a more seasoned hand who knows all the “composition rules”.

Siri Shortcuts and DayOne…that could potentially be interesting

So iOS 12 is out but Siri Shortcuts isn’t out yet 😩

How Maria Popova starts a blog post.

I noticed something about Brain Picking’s blog posts that made me investigate. It was the curious way Maria chose to start her post. By splitting a quote in two and referencing the writer in the middle. > “The most regretful people on earth,” Mary Oliver wrote in her beautiful reflection on the central commitment of the creative life, “are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.” - Walt Witman on Creativity

It’s a great way to kick of some writing as it creates an “open loop” where you want to know the answer to the end of the quote. I wondered if she does this all the time as I recognised the style, and sure enough I found a post from a few days before with the same style.

“Everything can be taken from a man,” Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl wrote in his timeless treatise on the human search for meaning, “but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” - Toni Morrison on the Deepest Meaning of Freedom

However, it is not the only way she kicks of a post.

The pioneering naturalist John Muir held the poetic conviction that when we look closely at any aspect of our world, “the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.” - Japanese Artist Ryota Kajita’s Otherworldly Photographs of Ice Formation in Alaska

Here she starts with the description and places the quote in full. The key difference, it’s a shorter quote.

Regardless Maria certainly seems to like her quotes to kick off her posts.

the number of companies who sent me emails saying that I had to update my preference to keep getting emails post GDPR (I didn’t ) and then kept emailing me is not insignificant.

Do you let any website give you push notifications? I see requests so often and I’m wondering if anyone actually accepts (and if there are any occasions when it might even be good!) The only one I can imagine ever accepting is my favourite blog and even then I’d prefer RSS.

Do by Friday takes on GTD - Early Beta 🎧

This episode was a truly great one and while humors, it’s a great overview of some key (and useful) GTD principles. I’ve just scheduled a weekly review for the end of the work day AND I’m planning a mind dump as well.

Cognitive Dissonance for Marketing 🔗

Cognitive Dissonance > It has also been observed that if a person finds themselves engaging in activities which are in opposition to what they believe, they will be more willing to change their belief or adopt new beliefs to suit the situation, rather than change their actions.

I’m researching for an article and this statement really struck me. People will change their beliefs to match their actions more than change their actions.

Reading Aloud - Austin Kleon 🔗

Reading aloud >I find that reading my work aloud makes it weird enough that I can’t scan or gloss over anything. > Reading to an audience is best, because you start really judging the thing when you have to project it into a room full of people. Quentin Tarantino says he likes to read his scripts to his friends, not for their feedback, but their presence. “I don’t want input, I don’t want you to tell me if I’m doing anything wrong, heavens forbid,” he says, “But I write a scene, and I think I’ve heard it as much as I can, but then when I read it to you … I hear it through your ears, and it lets me know I’m on the right track.”

I use this trick with proofreading texts. Sometimes I have to look at the same thing that’s been sent back and forth about five times, often with a minor change introduced that is easily missed. Reading aloud is one of the only ways to keep my eyes fresh.