Seeing Beauty

“When you see beauty anywhere, it’s a reflection of yourself” – Shakti Gawain I’ve read this quote on an Instagram post a while ago and thought it was a really beautiful sentence. It also made me ask myself why I’m not seeing beauty anywhere anymore. I realised that the answer

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It’s good to disconnect sometimes

It seems kind of weird for a photographer, but I love bodybuilding. Even though it has not the best reputation (and yes, there are many meatheads doing this sport), if you do it with all your heart it has so many things to teach you about life. One aspect for

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Are we documenting “today”?

Take a look at this photograph by Robert Frank taken in 1951. You’ll notice that it’s not just about the people and the relations between them. It’s also a documentation of a certain time. The cars, the buildings, the way people are dressed and their behaviour, with all that Robert

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Quick Tips: Getting into the zone

Despite going through a bit of a creative struggle at the moment I’d like to share 4 tips with you on how to keep your shooting process as consistent as possible. I’m sure you’ve heard about “being in the zone”. You stop thinking too much, compositions present themselves everywhere and

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Being Creative

Some time ago I watched an interview with Quentin Tarantino about his upcoming film “Once upon a time in Hollywood”. In that interview he talks about being proud that he writes his scripts by himself. That it all starts with just a blank piece of paper and a pen. None

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Gear: When it DOES matter

Gear is often a controversial topic. On the one side there are those who obsess about it and seem to be photographing only for the sake of buying newer, better gear. On the other side there are those who say gear doesn’t matter at all. It’s the person behind the

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Instagram: A take on the algorithm

The YouTube channel Vertasium made an interesting video two weeks ago talking about the YouTube algorithm. His analysis about how the algorithm probably works and which content it favours made me think about how things might look on Instagram. While this post is basically an adaptation of his video, I

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Inspirations: Erwin Fieger

  Have you heard of Erwin Fieger before? Neither had I until I bought one of his books about a journey through Mexico. Erwin Fieger isn’t really well known so I had no idea what to expect from the images. Once I opened the book an array of different colours,

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5 Quick Tips: Editing

  I thought since I complained about over-editing last week, I’d share 5 tips which helped me get more balanced and effective images in Lightroom. Keep in mind though that they’re based on my personal preferences and thus mostly apply to colour photography.   1. Solid Foundation The first tip

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Over-editing – A misconception of style

  Giving your images a certain look has never been easier. Digital photography allows you to tune your images whichever way you like and give your work a recognizable look. Especially with platforms like Instagram, having a consistent look throughout your images plays a huge part in building a solid

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Rules for a successful photograph

  Ok, admittedly this post might not have the best title. Judging whether a photograph is successful or not isn’t as easy as it might sound. A large part of this decision is subjective. Even objectively “bad” photographs can be considered “good” if they’re of emotional value to the viewer

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Inspirations: Harry Callahan

    “I get tired of photographing in one way for a long time”. I think it’s Harry Callahan’s attitude towards photography why you should know more about his work and the person behind it. Especially in this day and age, social media and the easiness of getting appreciation for

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Inspirations: Lucien Hervé

  This weeks inspiration is the 1910 born, Hungarian architectural photographer Lucien Hervé. He is most known for being the official photographer of swiss architect Le Corbusier, but often overlooked when talking about the greats of the 20th century. Unlike other architectural photographers, Hervé only rarely showed buildings as a

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Inspirations: Daido Moriyama

I want to start a series where we talk about inspirational photographers and their work. I will try to focus on artists who some might not be too familiar with and give insights into their lives and work. Hopefully it will bring you new ideas and inspire you to try

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Break out of your genre

  As you have probably noticed I took a longer break from Instagram over Christmas and New Year. Spending the holidays back home in the countryside and basically having no internet not only gave me a break from the online world. I also wasn’t able to shoot street photography for

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