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Since discovering film photography nearly four years ago, I've used maybe 80+ film cameras, and over 30 SLRs. I'm finally starting to hone down to my favourites...
Since my first taste of film photography in June 2012 I’ve used maybe 80+ different cameras, and probably 30+ SLRs. I finally feel like I’ve honed down to my essential SLR collection. I…
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The Lost Lovers - Part One

First in a series of posts I'll be writing about cameras I've loved and eventually let go of...
This is the first in a series of posts about cameras I have known, loved and lost. I plan to look back at why I loved them ("Romantic Reverie") and then why I ultimately sold or donated them ("In T...
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+Canon Film Guy I'd be really interested to hear about the most magical you have!
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The New Normal
Sometimes, events in our lives change our course dramatically and unexpectedly. Tragedy, illness and death force us to try to readjust and continue. Somehow, day by day, pieces fall in place, and we find a new normal. But it needn't be something sad or unpredicted that prompts this change.
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In Praise Of Small Cameras...

Really enjoyed this post, and although it's about cameras, it made me think further about other art forms, and how we can minimise our kit to heighten our enjoyment and creativity...
I get this question often -- up to several times per month -- from fellow photo enthusiasts, both experienced and not...  about what photo gear could I recommend to them? And the number one top rec...
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This makes me consider buying the Rollei 35 :)
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"The answer is discipline, not motivation."

Discipline over motivation, habits over goals. This makes much sense!

Thanks +Anne Westlund for sharing this.
If you want to get anything done, there are two basic ways to get yourself to do it. The first, more popular and devastatingly wrong option is to try to motivate yourself. The second, somewhat unpo...
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You're welcome!
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"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realise they were the big things."

-- Robert Brault
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Last Three Standing

If you lost all your cameras in a fire or flood, which three would you seek to replace first?

Here are mine...
Feeling somewhat overwhelmed recently by the extent of the cameras I've amassed, I've been thinking about the "rip it up and start again" approach. If I lost all my cameras in a fire or flood, whic...
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+Wilhelm Person Yes I'm at that point too, but crave more simplicity now, fewer options. It's that "paradox of choice" syndrome... You have so much to choose from you end up choosing nothing.
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Photollector

Are you a photographer or a camera collector? 

The definition of each – and, more vitally, hunting for the balance between them – is something I have struggled with in the last few years.

How about you?
Are you a photographer or a camera collector? The definition of each - and, more vitally, hunting for the balance between them - is something I have struggled with in the last few years. Shooting ...
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+Canon Film Guy The Pen cameras are funny, and the lenses surprisingly good! Half frame is a whole other type of photograph to experiment with. Check out the Penorama concept - https://www.flickr.com/groups/1135406@N24/
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Interesting post about getting attached to our art making tools, in this case a humble compact camera...
This may seem a repost. Might seem a bit of dejavu. It feels that way for me too. You know when you pull off a band aid or jump into a cold pool? Better to do it in one shot. It hurts less. This br...
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How To Create Amazing Somethings From Virtually Nothing

Planet Cracuum is not a pretty place to be...
A common belief amongst artists is that we don't create enough. Combine this with another often closely held belief that, unless we can dedicate hours or days at a time to creating, we'll not be able to make any worthwhile art, and we have a recipe for a miserable and frustrated artist.
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How To Create Amazing Somethings From Virtually Nothing

A common belief amongst artists is that we don't create enough.

Combine this with another often closely held belief that, unless we can dedicate hours or days at a time to creating, we'll not be able to make any worthwhile art, and we have a recipe for a miserable and frustrated artist.

Fortunately, both of these beliefs are often exaggerated far from the reality. We just need someone else to help us see this.

We can create amazing somethings, and from virtually nothing. Here is why, and how.
A common belief amongst artists is that we don't create enough. Combine this with another often closely held belief that, unless we can dedicate hours or days at a time to creating, we'll not be able to make any worthwhile art, and we have a recipe for a miserable and frustrated artist.
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Thank you for the lovely post.  I've been using Creshen to hold myself accountable for spending time in my craft room at least 10 minutes a day 3 times a week, and that little amount of time not only allows me to make stuff (or clean stuff, which I often also like to do), but it gives me so much more energy than if I didn't spend time in one of my favorite places. 
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Why Your New Resolutions Are Already Failing (And What To Do Instead)

Becomes really tiresome doesn't it?

That pattern of entering a new year with so much promise, so many plans for change, so much expectation... Then a week in realising that we're pretty much exactly the same people doing exactly the same things we were doing a month ago.

And feeling as despondent and deflated as a limp birthday balloon flapping about on a gate post a fortnight after the party's over.

The idea behind setting new year resolutions is well intended.

We want to better ourselves, to become closer to the best person we can be. To be more creative, more calm, more focused, more healthy, more energised, more content.

The problem comes in the expectation.

We underestimate how difficult it is to change - in mere days - behaviours we've had engrained in our psyche for years.

To compound the struggle further, we're rarely content with taking on just one new year resolution. Oh no. This year is going to be the one, where finally we triple our creativity, double our income and halve our bodyweight! All by February, at the very latest!

Resolutions don't work because they're too ambitious, too complex, and too many.

So what can we do instead?

Read on to find out > 
Becomes really tiresome doesn't it? That pattern of entering a new year with so much promise, so many plans for change, so much expectation… Then a week in realising that we're pretty much exactly the same people doing exactly the same things we were doing a month ago.
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+Diane O I had that realisation some years ago - the more stuff you have, the more stuff you have to maintain, and clean! Halve your stuff and you halve the maintenance (time and cost) and the cleaning time...

+Anne Westlund I don't think it's possible to jinx it, once these habits are in place for a few weeks they're very strong. Well done Anne! 
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Enablist, Creativity Coach, Writer, Photographer
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Enablist and Creativity Coach Dan James helps people become as creative as they've always known they can be.
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I'm a Enablist (Enabler of Artists) - I help artists realise that creating is as essential to their lives and happiness as breathing, eating, and sleeping. 

I enable them to give their artwork the time, attention and focus it deserves. Then by sharing their work, and directly encouraging others, they become Enablists too, fuelling an ever growing creative, collective change in our world.

I'm also a partner, father, poet, writer, editor, photographer, book lover, amateur gardener, daily yogi, evolving minimalist, and the founder of our creative community - Creshen - Create, Share, Encourage.
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Have missed only three sessions of daily yoga practice since Oct 2010. Also writing 10,000 haiku. Make pretty mean chocolate brownies.
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