Our last triple digit post (#555. A Force for positive change) was a success. In it, we argued that a community was stronger than the sum of its parts and that most of you reading DS were better at something photographic than most other people. We asked you to recognize that fact and join forces with us by contributing occasional articles. And you have. 9 months later, our little group of regulars has grown to 9 and I’d like to thank all of these people taking the time to share thoughts and photographs with the rest of the world, expose themselves, create new stuff, reply to comments! Thanks guys, really! (as much as I’d love to thank guys and gals, the gals – sadly – still shy away from us).
And now, here comes #666. An ominous number and some of you may have been expecting a beast of a post 😉 But no, I’m just gonna dig deeper into your good will and ask you for more. Maybe I’m the beast. But sharing and doing stuff collaboratively is just how I see the world and live my life. As a freelance marketer working from home, much of it should involve flying solo but, as pardner Philippe and others can tell you, I prefer to work in packs.
So is #666 just #555, redux ? Nope.
Yes, we are still open to new authors. And if you feel like you’ve missed out on the opportunity to show the world your ideas, you are still most welcome to do so in the protected environment that is DearSusan. Just drop us a line on the contact form at top right.
But this is about something else. Both less and more. I’d like us to work collaboratively on a number of projects, yours, mine … DS team members and willing readers together. It’s both less of a commitment on the reader’s part (than becoming a contributor) and more of a help to the rest of the community. It’s nothing really new, but can provide a lot of value for all involved. So here’s the deal :
Financial note : This is a free website with absolutely no advertising or affiliate links, so there is no money attached to the help provided and no financial interest in it for DS when the project is published (in fact, more traffic costs us more hosting expenses). View this as an opportunity to express yourself, join forces with new people, change the world a tiny fraction, and help others.
How does that sound ? Simple, stimulating and fun, I’m hoping.
Now, let’s make it real. Here’s Project Number 1: Let there be Light.
We’ve recently published articles on composition and a couple more will follow to complete this. A second vital aspect of photography is understanding the quality of light (and my next two articles are devoted to examples of this).
And, although strict adhesion to scripture would indicate 666 is the Number of the Beast, spiritual dilettantes should also accept a Number of Lucifer variant. So, Let There Be Light is a fitting title for this first DS collaborative work.
There are a number of good books on colour theory and light / lighting out there. But few people read books, these days.
There are also a number of rubbish articles on the same subjects online. Let’s change this together. Let’s tackle the subject differently, from a different perspective.
In this project, what I’m interested in is to produce a series of actionable articles on how to best use ambient light in photography. As usual on DS, the focus is on using what’s available, not bringing your studio to the streets. But a flash can fit in a bag, so that’s definitely allowed.
Contributions can take a number of forms :
Why do this ?
Hopefully, to help youngsters produce crackers such as Paul’s, below. There’s a deep personal satisfaction to that sort of achievement that goes well beyond money and shallow social likes. If you/I/we can help that happen, trust me, it’s worth it. The satisfaction is shared by the enablers.
Also, because I have very strong political views. Or, rather, anti-political views.
The Ukraine, Brexit, Catalunya, China’s attacks on Internet infrastructures, the Mexican border wall, conflicts all over Africa … you’d have to be living in cave not to realise that divides, all over the world, that many devoted (or laid down) their lives to bring down are now being rebuilt by a handful of manipulative (or dumb) ‘leaders’. Now’s a really good time to make friends across borders, get to know other people and the way they think, try to understand their point of view and create something worthy together. Particularly something that fosters creativity, personal growth and art. Something as removed as possible from the animal desires of our lizard-brain rulers.
So yeah, maybe this 666 is the number of the beast. But the mighty beast within each one of you and the roaring beast of goodwill that can be unleashed if we get together.
So bring it on! Where are your photographs (wetransfer to pascal dot jappy at gmail dot com is great, we like 1500px long dimension jpegs)? What are your thoughts on light (contact form at top right, comments below)? How do you want this project to unfold? What specific experience have you had that relates to superb light? If you were the end-user, how would you like this to be structured? How can you help the project along? How can you help spread the word to more contributors and more users?
This thing goes live Dec 15th 2017! Let’s make it the best possible resource for others and a great experience for us. Tic Toc … Whatcha gonna do about it?
Are you able to guide a youngling on a very specific topic? Do you have a photo to share that can illustrate an interesting point? Can you help a seasoned natural light veteran see artificial lighting in a different … light? Do you have expertise in the field of vision? Are you an expert in the theories of learning? Do you have organisational skills? Would you like to contribute a fun memory or a tiny experiment? The beauty with a group is that no one has to do any heavy lifting for the global result to be spectacular.
It just takes a first step to make yourself proud. Why not take it now? Right now?
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