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DUDE! You haven't blogged in like a month. by Simeon Smith

Yeah... about that.... You're right. It's unacceptable and try to do better. I've still got the 26 weeks series to finish off and THEN I can relax a little. 

Anyhow, I've been in London for a few days going to a gig, shooting a short film and attending a conference. No, I haven't slept much, thanks for asking. 

A couple of days ago I was craving some creative freedom, caught a tube to near Carnaby Street, and walked with Andy from Black Eyewear to the Lomography Shop. I took these photos along the way. 

Mood [A Gallery] by Simeon Smith

Shot to Fomapan 100 and digital, on a few different cameras over the last 2 months. 

26 Weeks Camera Challenge #13: Lines and lines and lines. by Simeon Smith

I know, I know, I skipped a week, we're half-way through the project, and momentum has slowed down for me. I'll get there. We'll get there. Together. I promise. 

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One of the things I love most about art is how much of it we can understand through science. From colour to viewpoints, to what makes our heart race, perception is a weird mix of our senses and the way our brain processes this information, cross referencing it with our previous experiences. I'm not that knowledgeable on why we find some things fascinating and others not so much, but I sure like to capitalise on these ways. 

A great way of drawing a viewer in is to use leading lines, framing your subject or that provide movement or depth to your photography. 

This week, try shooting pictures with clear leading lines. 

Questions: 

1. What other things seem to be hardwired into our psyche as "visually pleasing"? 

2. What things seem universally unappealing?

3. Are there any techniques that are the "marmite" of photography, either you love them or you hate them? Why might we have these reactions?

26 WEEKS is a camera challenge I’m putting together to help someone through their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. You can follow along here on the the blog, but it’s best to start at the beginning. Here’s what we’ve already covered: 

Week 1: Do You. 

Week 2: Find Your Masters.

Week 3: Study Your Masters.

Week 4: Kill Your Masters. 

Week 5: The One Thing.

Week 6: Depth of Field. 

Week 7: Blur.

Week 8: We Were Made In The Dark.

Week 9: Forget Everything.

Week 10: Shoot a Stranger. 

Week 11: Pick a Colour

Week 12: You're only as good...

26 Weeks Camera Challenge #11: Pick A Colour. by Simeon Smith

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This challenge is for me. I’ve been shooting every day for the last few years but there’s still so much to learn. There’s always more to learn.

Ever seen a Wes Anderson movie? Go look him up if not. Meticulous use of colour, carefully curated palettes. 

I’m no good at using colour, but in comparison to Wes, no one is good at colour. 

This week, pick a colour. Shoot things that colour. Be meticulous, be perfectionist, make the colour your own. 

Questions:

  1. Colour curation can look cheesy as hell. How can we avoid this? 
  2. What kind of colour work can be done in the camera, what needs to be prepared beforehand, and what should be left for post-production?
  3. What colours communicate which emotions? 

Every Shot Matters: Workbook - FREE DOWNLOAD by Simeon Smith

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Hey, everyone? 

Remember that book you all helped me crowd-fund earlier this year that reached it funding target in, like, 4 hours and went on to be 400% funded? Yeah? 

Well as part of that I said I'd upload a free workbook for anyone not wanting to write in their print copies of the book, or for anyone to use and share with their photographic friends. 

I had some grand plans for the workbook, but had some trouble sorting it all out and had other projects to work on and got busy and... didn't release the workbook. I'm sorry. That was pretty shitty of me. 

Well today Jason (off of https://www.jasonbrewerphotography.com), got in touch and was like "Hey, what happened to that free workbook you were releasing?" and I made a lame excuse. So he was like "Just release it already! Upload a PDF, people don't care about the fanfare you had planned!" (paraphrasing, he didn't know about the fanfare I had planned, but...)

Anyway, thanks to Jason, you too can now download, print and hold the Every Shot Matters Workbook in your very own hands. 

Thanks again to everyone for your support. Please share this workbook far and wide!