In the last video I introduced the idea of Photo Assignments. I want to talk about the sketchbook or journal concept a little more.

Josef Koudelka :: Nationality Doubtful
Photographer Sketchbooks
Keri Smith :: Wreck This Journal

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  1. By myself take i only drauwlings en wrightten notes in my journal because i find that this mu creativity to a higher level takes Its makes me to think further than the reality whats important in abstrakt work,A real discovery to find a sollution to make the picture(sorry for my bad englisch)

  2. Thank you so much for the clarification on the whole Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, thing. Because I was kinda messing up with not knowing where to put the photos. As Paul Harvey would say: "Now you know the rest of the story."

  3. Hi Ted, I recently got my first dslr and am now completely in love with photography. You are my big inspiration!! Thanks for your videos and for the assignments! Will do my best to push my boundries at exploring this world 🙂

  4. I enjoyed looking at your journals in the other video. I should have placed my comment in that particular post. It is just that you had been describing the type of journal to use and I was thinking about what you said. I am still thinking about it. I thought it looked very professional. It looked like a Moleskine. I have used several of those for art journalling. They are intimidating. I thought your journal was the perfect size for the purposes you were using it for. If it inspires you then you are working with the right journal. I'm feeling like trying this with photos that I have already made. Things do look different depending on where and how you view them. I took a travel course in photography in 2004. I loved every photo I took. At some point, I realized I was wasting my money on having them made into prints. We were working with slides. It was Holland and springtime. I decided to close the "book", mentally, on that trip and revisit it at a later date. Well… did not get much better. In fact, I could see very few photos that I could say that I loved. I am always the first one to fall in love with my photo. It was a lesson. The lesson is that what I experienced would happen again and maybe over and over. It did'nt matter though. I still liked taking photos. It's ok if they were not as great as I might have thought they would be. Eventually, something about taking photographs would improve. Will improve. Maybe it will be my life. Whatever it is I know that it will be beneficial.

  5. Sounds interesting. I could do a crossover between my different hobbies lampworking, photography and jewelry making. Can't draw and sketch at all. But maybe training myself using that "Wreck this Journal" would help. 😉

  6. I started a notebook for the photo assignment but I also write all sort of notes not related to photography.
    Do you recommend using a separate notebook for photography? I have been thinking about it for some time.

  7. Rather than hating you I love you for the subjects you picks up. This is very important for a longterm project. This sketchbook helps to improve the skills and thought process. The great master of my land, Satyajit Ray, the film maker who got Oskar for his lifetime work, use to make his screen play with lot of elaborate sketches. He use to visualize where camera will be placed, what would be the shot, mid, long or a closeups. How camera will pan etc etc. A Bengali vernacular magazine called 'Ekkhon' use to publish it. My father suggested me to practice this exercise when I was toddling with camera. I think all the masters they practice making sketch book to record their thoughts.
    Love to see more this kind of lessons. Thank you Ted.

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