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Planning Out Your Shots: Why This Should be The First Thing You Should Do Before Taking Any Shots

By on Jun 10, 2017 in Getting the Shot, Korea, Photography, Theory Thursday | 0 comments

There are many photographers out there that love shooting from the hip. I used to be one. I used to get lucky with the shots that I got but sometimes I would miss the mark. Sure, I got some decent shots but they seemed just off. The reason was that I was merely shooting from the hip and hoping that if I was at the right place at the right time with the right lens, I would walk away with a winning shot. The trouble is that I was never really sure of what I wanted. I knew the kind of shot that I wanted to get beforehand or even simply the location but I never really had a clear vision of what short I wanted or the story that I wanted to tell. Once I started planning my shots, I had a better idea of what I wanted to say with them. That later lead to, in my opinion, much better shots. The What and the How? The biggest questions are basically what to do and how to do it. One is a little...

Korean Cherry Blossoms

By on Apr 13, 2016 in Korea | 0 comments

Vendors of Jangsangpo

By on Jan 6, 2016 in Korea, Photography | 2 comments

Itaewon Reborn

By on Nov 15, 2015 in Korea | 2 comments

I must admit that I never really liked Itaewon until now. It just seemed like too wild of a place. I think that it stems from a night where I tried to find a hostel there and found myself walking up Hooker Hill. I was then promptly grabbed by a large Russian prostitute and almost dragged into a seedy bar. Her Schwarzenegger-like accent demanded me to “have a good time” but I broke free and ran like hell. However, recently the whole area is gentrifying with mixed emotions from the community. Like most places in Seoul, there is a weird cycle that has started to happen. First, they get popular because of the independent shops and restaurants, the place becomes trendy so rent goes up, so the independent shops move out, generic businesses owned by large companies move in and soon it resembles every other place in the city. This is on the forecast for Itaewon but at the moment it...

The Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk 2015

By on Oct 4, 2015 in Korea, Photography | 0 comments

The Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk is always my favorite time of the year. It is an event that gets photographers from all over the world to come together for a day a photography and for a really good cause. In my mind, this is one of the best events and not simply because I lead one every year. I say that it is the best because they are not only making the lives of children better but also making a great experience all around. Too often these events take a marketing-style approach to a photowalk. They offer little in return but expect you to market the crap out of their brand or site. However, each year that I lead a photowalk for the Kelby Worldwide Photowalk, the whole package just gets better and better. Despite the fact that pretty much anyone can apply to lead a walk, I still feel privileged to so. This year however, was the smallest turn out that I ever had but that still...

An Evening in Kyeongju

By on Sep 20, 2015 in Korea, Where to Shoot | 3 comments

For some reason, I kept thinking about heading to Kyeongju and getting some photos. Not really sure why but I could shake the feeling that something good was happening out there. Not sure what I would find, I jumped into my car, heeded my wife’s warning about the traffic and took off. I can’t stress this enough, I had no idea what I wanted to shoot there. I felt like my shots of the Woljeong Bridge were a little boring and so I was heading out that way. However, beyond that I was not really sure what to do. I was just heading out to a beautiful city and hoping for the best and then something caught my eye. The sun was entering the golden hour and it was illuminating the fields alongside the highway in the most beautiful way. It was an elderly farmer that caught my eye as he walked through his field. Wishing that I could just stop and take a shot, I was about to just carry...

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