> "Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect is as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray’s case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or
We all know by now the best zoom lens is any lens plus your feet. Getting closer to your subject is an easy way to create more compelling images. But what does “closer” mean? Engaging your subject and discovering what makes your subject compelling is the “closer” we need to
The foundation of any good story is surprise. Surprise is the only thing that makes the news. Surprise is what draws us to humor, illusion and the notion of art itself. If you display your photos for the public, asking yourself what is surprising about your photos is the best
Elizabeth Krist explains her editing process and what it takes to tell a story in National Geographic.
I’ve seen this linked to quite a bit and the research is interesting, but the conclusions seem off to me based on what was tracked. > Professional photographs were twice as likely as user-generated photographs to be shared, according to ratings given by people in the study. What they
> “Have you tried making yourself a more interesting person?” — Barry Hannah [https://twitter.com/austinkleon/status/553589823722635265]
> Cognitive science has long recognized narrative as a basic organizing principle of memory. This is perhaps the best way to think about storytelling in photography. It’s not about platform. It’s not about techniques. It’s about allowing the brain to do what it does naturally and not
> State-of-the-art neuro-imaging and cognitive neuropsychology both uphold the idea that we create our “selves” through narrative.
> Your brain on story is different than your brain when it is receiving any other form of information, including straight facts and data. There are proven intersections between neuroscience, biology, and story we cannot ignore.
> “For all the care you put into artistry, visual polish frequently doesn’t matter if you’re getting the story right.” — Ed Catmull, Pixar (in Creativity Inc. [http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0812993012/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0812993012&