A lot of photography you can’t learn without experiencing it. You must put in the time and effort and make some mistakes along the way.

Lessons Learned is about personal development as a photographer and in a broader sense it’s about visual literacy. Whether you make your living taking photos for clients, you make images to sell as art, you practice it as a hobby, or you are documenting and sharing your life with the camera in your phone; you are practicing visual literacy. You’re sharing how you see the world.

The majority of education on photography is intimidating and only shows how to do something without explaining why you would want to – a professional photographer shows you the results they get after years of experience, and distills that into a 20 minute video. What they are showing you is how they do something but not why. A lot of photography you can’t learn without experiencing it. You must put in the time and effort and make some mistakes along the way. So this is my experience, and I trust that it is useful to the next person asking the same questions. I often learn the most from other people’s mistakes and that’s actually why I’m doing it this way. Leave comments or send a message if you have a question or topic you’d like me to talk about.

How Not to Organize your Photos, IntentionallyLost.com

How NOT To Organize Your Photos

I have learned how NOT to organize my photos after adopting systems from other photographers to organize my photo library. In this video I show what that has taught me, and the new method I am using now after my own trial and error. Will my current method change again? Probably. What I think is important is that you should determine …

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IntentiionallyLost.com Never Delete a Photo

Never Delete a Photo

Never delete a photo? Okay, I don’t mean that literally; just don’t do it before you have a VERY good grasp on what a good photo means to you. I have learned this the hard way after I deleted photos from an event or shoot only to wish later that I hadn’t. When you are starting out taking and managing …

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IntentionallyLost.com Don't Buy Your Followers

Don’t Buy Your Followers

Followers on social media channels should not be purchased. Okay, there’s my synopsis and you know where I stand so you don’t need to read on unless you want to know why I feel that way. I can’t be the only person who believes and behaves this way right? I know that social media is heavily commercialized now and growing a …

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IntentionallyLost.com Storage and Backups

Photo Management – Storage and Backups

  While I don’t shoot a ton of images daily right now I am making several thousand photos a year that I want to keep safe from the point of capture through to working with them and then saving them to long term backups. I’m still fairly new at all this and expect that these processes will change over time. …

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IntentionallyLost.com Where the Heck are all your Photos

Where the Heck are all Your Photos?

Beginning Photo Management is something any photographer should get a handle on before taking thousands of photos. This video is Photo Management Part 1 and is about my frustration with all of the backup services trying to own my cloud storage. Modern cameras let you take the image straight from the camera to a mobile device, make edits, and then …

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IntentionallyLost.com Photo Editing Progress

New Problems Mean Progress

A Wacom to solve my problem? I believe encountering new problems means that you are growing and stretching yourself into new places. By taking on new challenges you are introduced to new problems that you haven’t solved before. Approaching and overcoming those problems means that you grow. So that’s all well and good and I do believe it holds true…when …

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IntentionallyLost.com Digital Ownership

Photo sharing, digital ownership, metadata, & watermarking

Digital ownership of a photo is hard to track and even harder to prove. Anyone who has ever shared their photos online has probably had them stolen and used by other people without compensation or attribution. It happened to me a couple of weeks a go. I add digital ownership metadata to all images when I import them to Lightroom before …

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IntentionallyLost.com Beginnings

Intentionally Lost Beginnings

Learning Photography and doing it self taught leads to all kinds of self doubt. I have decided to go ahead with the choice that I know I’ll look at in 2 years and say, “What was I thinking? I had no idea what I was doing.”  However; if I don’t start now it will soon seem overwhelming and I’ll never …

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IntentionallyLost.com Cinemagraph

The Value in a Cinemagraph

I originally wrote an article about this effort for the MartianCraft Syndicate blog comparing some footage shot on my Sony a6000 edited with Flixel Pro to what I hope to be able to do with Live Photos from Apple. I’ve updated it a bit for my site here. As cameras in mobile phones improve I do sometimes take my iPhone along …

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Intentionally Lost Imagebrief for freelance photographers

Imagebrief for Freelance Photographers – How and Why I Use It

ImageBrief is a tool that can provide value to freelance photographers if you know what to expect from it and how to use it. There have been many variations on this over the years and ImageBrief is only the newest flavor. The core concept of the platform is very simple. A company, ad agency, or creative director posts a brief …

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How Not to Organize your Photos, IntentionallyLost.com

How NOT To Organize Your Photos

I have learned how NOT to organize my photos after adopting systems from other photographers to organize my photo library. In this video I show what that has taught me, and the new method I am using now after my own trial and error. Will my current method change again? Probably. What I think is important is that you should determine …

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Ditching Digimarc

Ditching Digimarc, digital watermark for your photos?

Ditching Digimarc was an easy decision after I spent just a couple of hours to see if Digimarc was actually working for me. I’m sure Digimarc is a great tool when used in the right way for the right purposes. Their individual user pricing features are essentially useless. Isn’t it the worst when you think you found something to scratch …

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IntentiionallyLost.com Never Delete a Photo

Never Delete a Photo

Never delete a photo? Okay, I don’t mean that literally; just don’t do it before you have a VERY good grasp on what a good photo means to you. I have learned this the hard way after I deleted photos from an event or shoot only to wish later that I hadn’t. When you are starting out taking and managing …

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IntentionallyLost.com Photos for a Yoga Studio

Photos for a Yoga Studio?

What kind of photos would I select from my library to hang in a yoga studio? Hmm, good question. I used to do a lot of studio/product work but that was all food and jewelry. I don’t have stocky type photos of dew on grass or a balanced stack of rocks. That’s what comes to mind when I think yoga studio. …

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IntentionallyLost.com Learning Photography

Photo Management – Import travel images into a Master Library

Photo management is a big deal. My photos don’t do me any good sitting on hard drives, so anything that makes it easier to organize, edit and publish them is something that makes me happy. On a recent trip to Cuba I created a library just for the trip, made my selections and did some general editing while I was …

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IntentionallyLost.com Storage and Backups

Photo Management – Storage and Backups

  While I don’t shoot a ton of images daily right now I am making several thousand photos a year that I want to keep safe from the point of capture through to working with them and then saving them to long term backups. I’m still fairly new at all this and expect that these processes will change over time. …

0 comments
IntentionallyLost.com Where the Heck are all your Photos

Where the Heck are all Your Photos?

Beginning Photo Management is something any photographer should get a handle on before taking thousands of photos. This video is Photo Management Part 1 and is about my frustration with all of the backup services trying to own my cloud storage. Modern cameras let you take the image straight from the camera to a mobile device, make edits, and then …

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IntentionallyLost.com Local Friends as Travel Helpers

Local Friends as Travel Helpers

Local friends are made when I connect with them as travel helpers to aid me during a trip. I have written about this before, and the more I travel the more I find that it holds up. These aren’t people I know before I get there, but they often become someone who I would really like to go back and visit …

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IntentionallyLost.com Travel Lessons Learned

Location Planning – Mar Saba Monastery

Not every location I set out to photograph will be a winner, and every day of travel photography won’t come up sunshine and rainbows. When the weather or circumstances don’t cooperate, there are other ways to make the most of travel photography days. My goals are to find interesting places, events, people and things to photograph, and then to be there at …

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Developing the Travel Experience

Developing the experience of travel through photos isn’t all that difficult but it is something that has to be learned. I prefer to tell stories in photos and it’s just as easy to be lazy when composing a story with photos as when doing it with words. When I started sharing photos I had no plan other than to use …

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IntentionallyLost.com Travel Lessons Learned

Solo Travel – Lessons From my First Experience

I did my first solo travel in July 2011. It’s not uncommon for professional explorers, writers, photographers, or permanent nomads to do this, but it is uncommon for those taking precious vacation days away from their normal day job. I have a family that I like to be home with, and I don’t make a lifestyle as a permanent traveler. …

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IntentionallyLost.com Learning Photography

Photo Management – Import travel images into a Master Library

Photo management is a big deal. My photos don’t do me any good sitting on hard drives, so anything that makes it easier to organize, edit and publish them is something that makes me happy. On a recent trip to Cuba I created a library just for the trip, made my selections and did some general editing while I was …

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IntentionallyLost.com Get the Local Perspective

Get the Local Perspective

Getting the local perspective can be hard, but sometimes it finds you. I was wandering around Hanoi on my own on the first day I arrived. Walking onto the grounds of the Presidential Palace I snapped a few photos. This was before my serious photography days so I had a small point and shoot with me and not my full …

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IntentionallyLost.com Hanoi Traffic Strategy

Hanoi Traffic Strategy

  If you’re new to travel in southeast Asia, don’t plan on renting your own car to get around. I guess if you stick to the countryside and aren’t planning to drive in any cities you might be okay, but don’t count on it. Even if the country you’re visiting drives on the same side of the road as you’re …

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