Have you ever had a kick ass picture that you thought would turn out great and  it really turned out not so great? Ira Glass calls that the creative gap. This is when what you wanted to create and what really turned out where not the same. And he believes that anyone doing any sort of creative work goes through this learning process in their career.

Yesterday, I had one of these moments. I was getting ready for work when I noticed a rainbow outside my patio. After I opened the sliding door I realized it was a full rainbow. Naturally I grabbed my camera and started taking a series of pictures to capture the entire rainbow. The whole day at work I knew I had captured something pretty cool. When I got home I put together the series of pictures in a panoramic and to my dismay it did not turnout the way I wanted. It took me a couple of hours to finally except that I would have to use that experience as a learning tool and try agin the next time I get the chance.


Below is the interview with Ira Glass talking about how to bridge your creative gap.



Your lens. You want to pay the most attention to to your lenses out of all of your gear. One can have the best camera on the market that can take pictures in pure darkness but with crappy lenses you might as well have a paper weight. Plus when you upgrade your camera if you have really nice glass(lenses) that is one less thing to worry about buying.

Gizmodo wrote up a great article about why your lenses really make your pictures better. With all the talk about mega pixels and ISO the lens is still the eye to the world for your camera.

Why Lenses Are the Real Key to Stunning Photos via {Gizmodo}


Here is a video on how lenses are made. I think it pretty cool to see how they are made.

Have you ever been in a rut with your photography? How about life in general?These are questions any photographer or person living has faced before.

Photographer Zack Arias posted a guest video blog on about these questions. It is a very powerful and personal video about his struggle with trying to stay fresh and motivated with his work. I think any person who is serious about their photography should watch.