Redefining Confidence

Confidence has almost nothing to do with the ability to avoid mistakes and missteps. It has almost everything to do with the ability to pay more attention to the task at hand without constantly looking over your shoulder. Making mistakes and recovering quickly from them become a part of the process instead of show stoppers.

If you are trying to get back to riding a bicycle in your forties, just so you can go sit in that quiet, green spot in the outskirts of your city, your attention will be on that task. The more fully you are absorbed in it, the harder it will be to get distracted or embarrassed (for too long) by every wobble, misstep and eye-roll on the way.

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Working with artificial light: first impressions and 9 lessons.

After years of shooting in natural light, I’ve finally taken the plunge. Last week, I bought a flash light, a wireless flash trigger, a mounting bracket and some batteries. I’m repurposing an old, unused soft box. I’m bringing a light stand (also old). But I’m bringing a new attitude. I feel ready.

In this post I am sharing my first impressions and 9 lessons I learnt in the first few hours of working with artificial light.

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How to get started with image editing (post processing)

If you are in the earlier stages of your photographic journey, it’s possible that you are still struggling to find your style/preference. Your ideas are likely dictated by popular trends and/or your favourite photographers. That’s okay. You may be having a hard time figuring out what kind of editing style would work best for your project or subject. That’s okay too. Here are some questions you can ask yourself to get you started. By no means are these going to give you all the answers you need, but at least this exercise will give you a set of goals to which you can align your editing process.

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How to use Gestalt principle of similarity to create strong compositions in food photography

I like to think of Gestalt principles of visual perception as conclusions based on collective understanding of how we humans perceive things around us. That’s why I don’t treat them as “rules” to be enforced in image compositions but more like tools to help me choose my subjects and what features/attributes I give them while styling and how I arrange them. As I understand more and practice their application in my work, Gestalt principles begin to make more sense and feel more natural. In this post, I’ll only be looking into how we could use the principle of similarity to strengthen our food images.

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How to receive feedback effectively

The effectiveness of feedback depends partly on those who receive it – how open and willing they are to participate in the process. As a feedback seeker you can do your part to optimize the process and make it a powerful tool for growth and progress – no matter how you define it. Here are some thoughts and tips to help you get the best out of your feedback sessions

How to give feedback effectively

The goal of every feedback session must be growth. The tone of every session must be empathy. A well-rounded feedback session should neither leave the individual dispirited, nor completely content with their lot. It should set them up for a period of analysis and action. It should open the person’s mind to “possibilities” and combinations they hadn’t been able to see previously. Here I share some tips for feedback providers on how to give effective feedback on creative work

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How to “really” use Instagram Photography challenges to improve your skills : A Strategy Guide :

In the beginning, one of the best things I did was to participate in several excellent Instagram photography challenges hosted by well-established professional food photographers. And while I did so, I learnt both the useful and the not so useful reasons and ways to participate. Here is why you should participate in challenges: