My winter morning routine As the sun rises late in winter, I can see this view if I get up early The sun slowly rises after 8 and my day begins too The first thing I do when I wake up is stroking Bebe Stretching ourselves together, I wear socks b’cause I hate the cold floor Then, making my bed, I go out to the living room Feel good from the morning on sunny days To get heavy air out from last night and bring fresh air into home, I ventilate home by opening windows Purifying tap water through the water filter pitcher, I put some dried fruit chips into the water Mostly green tangerine and grapefruit And I drink a glass of water I usually shop for groceries in the app before bed and got them delivered next morning Filling up the fridge wakes me up fast When having some washing, I run the washing machine Apparently workout on an empty stomach is good, so I simply train at home before breakfast As a freelancer working at home, my mornings are lazier than others’ (I don’t know why Bebe wants me to play with her whenever I work out) It may be boring, so I play a workout video on Youtube Bebe keeps bringing me the toy She’ll never give it up When I’m a little diligent, I go to the gym in the building There are few people before quitting time Certainly, I get to work out more than I do at home Training at home is just for conscience, so it ain’t long enough About half an hour I have a quick shower only with water since I wash my hair in the evening I clean the floor before shower, when it’s messy Washing my face with a soap Been replacing shampoo, shower gel and facial cleanser with a soap I’m not inconvenienced as it’s moist enough Skin care is done by wiping my face with a pad dampened with toner. I used to feel dry in my skin a lot, but I got used to not applying lotion or cream Bringing Bebe breakfast, I prepare my breakfast as well I have a light breakfast, which is mostly bread I’ve set the air purifier to run automatically when the air’s bad and it works every time I use the induction stove Croissants and baked beans for today Since I got the oven toaster, I can enjoy all kinds of bread A coffee to go with bread Today’s breakfast Of course, morning’s coffee’s the best I go for a walk when the fine dust is not bad Peaceful Bebe has a sound sleep in the afternoon after running like this During the rest of the day, I send some emails, check comments on Youtube and watch Netflix Bebe’s always on my laps The key part of my morning routine is to sleep again once I’ve done things to do Having a nap is really important for me it makes me catch up on sleep and gives me energy A freelancer’s morning routine is done here Behind the scene Asking my friend what she would have for breakfast Seems like I’m threatening her… (Why did I ask her so terrifyingly…?) Bebe, conscious of the camera Again Bebe, conscious of the camera (Looking at the camera during the meal) Bebe, peeping at the camera Super bored Bebe
My night routine in winter Having regular meals these days, I prepare dinner around 6 Today’s menu is rice bowl with grilled eel First, I make egg garnish Two egg yolks and a white Chopping chives So cold that I turned on the boiler Put the eel and Jidan on rice and finish with chives I only cooked the pre-marinated eel Thanks for the food Yum I run the robot vacuum cleaner, then I wash the dishes in the meantime and wipe the floor when it’s done The robot cleaner also mops, but it’s faster to do it myself Why is cleaning more enjoyable despite this bigger home? And time to work in earnest Should have tangerines in winter Sharing it with Bebe and beginning work with Bebe on my lap I apply hand cream like a habit in winter Since I’ve got dry skin, I can feel my whole body’s dry in winter Especially hands are exposed to a lot of water and the outside all day, So I try to care more about moisturizing In the evening, I usually do some video editing Napping a lot during in the daytime and being idle, then working closely at late hours works well with me After work, I go for a walk thanks to my new place that is really close to the park Also put the rubbish out on the way out Not scary b’cause there are quite many people walking there Got home again Once I’ve done everything, I have a shower My hair’s short and I don’t like dryers, so I just wipe my hair with a towel I wipe my face with a cotton pad soaked in toner Usually finish with this, but on dry days, I put moisturizer as well I’ve run out of body lotion, but haven’t got a new one yet Getting a tea to drink before sleeping Usually drink chamomile or puer tea, but a weak green tea for today Bringing the tea to my bed, then reading for a bit Hand creams all over my place, so that I can The product I am using now is light, not sticky They come in various fragrances My favorite of them is Dreamy Beige placed by my bed Bebe snuggles into my duvet especially in cold seasons (Do you really have to do this when I’m reading…?) (So I can’t help petting her) After half an hour of reading, I fill the humidifier with water Setting the humidity and timer, time to bed Turning the light off to complete darkness with the blackout curtain The end of my night routine in winter
When I quit my job, two and a half years ago, I found myself with a lot of freedom freedom that I’d never had before: I was free to do whatever I wanted, and take as much time as I needed many people thrive when they are given these conditions, but for me, it was a recipe for disaster and for a while I felt very, very lost you see, I’ve always done a much better job when I had a clear task to perform and some kind of deadline but once I became an artist, I had no clear direction, I didn’t know what it needed to be done so a while ago, I think it was almost 2 years ago, I settled on 3 goals, 3 clear, specific and doable goals share 1 one new image a day, to write one blog post a day, and to make 3 videos a week This might sound counterintuitive at first: you can’t really force your art, you can’t really force your images and it could be harmful, there was the risk that I would lower the quality of my work just to meet those goals to meet the deadlines that I was imposing on myself and sure, there were a handful of times where that was true, but for the most part, having those daily and weekly goals and deadlines has pushed me, and it has made me a much better photographer, a much better writer, and a much better videographer / filmmaker / youtuber When I hit record for this video, I was already thinking about the next one and when I post today’s image, I’m already thinking about tomorrow’s Of course, along with these smaller tasks and goals I have bigger projects that need more flexibility but I like to set deadlines for those as well to keep me on track So to answer the question that is the title of this video How can we know if we are becoming better photographers? How can we measure progress in our photography? I don’t think we can, I think it’s very hard if not impossible, because that is something that requires human feedback, and my taste as a photographer, your taste as a photographer, changes over time because you change as a person photos that I took years ago and I didn’t like at that time, now I love It’s very hard if not directly impossible to know how much better we’ve gotten as a photographer Of course, there’s the technical side of photography, it might be easier to know if we’ve improved in that area or not but in general, I believe that instead of focusing on the images that we make to know if we are better photographers now than before we should pay more attention to the systems that we build I talked about those 3 goals that I set for myself, in your case it might be something different instead of sharing one image a day, it might be “I’m gonna start bringing my camera with me every day I go to work, five times a week” it might be, “I’m gonna go on 1 photography trip a month” or it might be “I’m gonna go on a hike once a week and I’m gonna bring my camera with me” Results are not always guaranteed, but over time, if the system that we built is good and it pushes us out there to take photos and to create something, it’s gonna yield the results that we are looking for I think that’s a better way to measure our progress in photography I hope this video helped someone out there Thank you so much for watching, and see you the next one!
I always say that I like to destroy my
images when I shoot film, I push it and when I shoot digital, I like to work on
my images afterwards I add grain, I increase the contrast, I crush the blacks, removing all the details in the shadows I do the same with the highlights I seek imperfection It is this imperfection that allowed me to find my own style and to feel more free in my photography I’ve been told many times that my images have a very distinct look to them people can tell my work from other photographer’s This is mostly due to shooting monochrome and the subject matter but also to my very own aesthetics and style You see, when we chase things like sharpness, proper exposure, and focus to show everything in the frame when we try to capture reality in the most accurate way, we are actually narrowing down our options of making those images our own Imperfect images are good for creativity:
you can do whatever you want with them it’s all up to you and to your personal
taste you create your own aesthetics and imperfection gives you that freedom, to be you, to be unique Imperfect images are also intriguing, an image that wasn’t properly exposed, an image that lacks details an image that hides things in the shadows, and so on doesn’t tell the whole story, some parts of it are up to the viewer and their imagination and surely, this is something that we want to avoid in some areas like photojournalism but not when we are creating art I also believe that this approach makes
images timeless Actually, a print will look better over time than it does today The paper might get some wrinkles here and there, the whites might start to become yellowish some scratches might appear… all of those elements are only going to make the image even more imperfect, so better I believe An image that was aiming for perfection will look worse In any case, imperfection is better than perfection, because perfection doesn’t even exist the more we try to achieve it, the more obvious will be that we can’t reach it That’s why I like to embrace imperfection and the beauty in it And lastly, I wanted to mention a big upside to shooting monochrome, to purposely decreasing the dynamic range of your negatives and the digital files, making them less sharp and is that you can create images with any camera in fact, the worse the camera, the better, or almost this is real freedom, this is why I love it because I can use my medium format camera, or I can use my small RX100 cameras, all of them are able to create this gritty, moody and imperfect images that I love
A close friend has been sleeping over at my place It’s been three weeks already After living along for a long time, living with my favorite friend all day makes me enjoy every single moment I don’t skip any meal and work hard We wash dishes in amity after every meal One washes the dishes and the other wipes them off Why do we always have so many things to talk about? We’ve been doing various projects together this time, one of them is writing We planned to write our own story and make it an independent publication. It’s my first time writing with someone so I was nervous and pleased at the same time Waiting for the rest to be done after finishing my manuscript I want to start designing soon The second project, Launching our own bedding brand Every step of branding went smoothly as we both had majored in design We should eat a lot of tangerines in winter Been to Dongdaemun many times to make my own bedding, where I used to hate when I was a student, but it felt interesting for the first time (I still don’t want to go there if possible) Finding fabrics that take my fancy took longer than expected Looked the swatches over and over until I decide on the final fabric It was good to feel like a businessman… First samples completed like that The real thing was much prettier than a small piece of fabric We check the wrong parts thoroughly followed by shooting at a studio Since I’ve been interested in home decor I really wanted to do something like this So, this project felt much enjoyable I’ve also decorated my room with bedding and curtains I made I had a signing event to launch my book last Saturday (Thanks to being the best seller on and off line in travel) Bebe accompanying me at all my events She’s always zazzy… Talking to people who came to see me, I signed on my books At home after the signing event Opened the letters and gifts from readers Feeling so grateful Especially whenever reading letters, I have a strong desire to reply them But, it’s a shame that I can’t because I don’t know where to send (If you write me the next time, please leave your email or home address!) I keep letters I got together in one place, then I read them every time I get some bad comments (Thank you all for those gifts and letters!) That evening, I invited some friends to my place and had dinner with them A friend who cooks is making dinner (Yeah.. An expert’s different…) Bebe’s having bok choy and cabbage, waiting for the dish to be done It looks so yum when she’s eating them The menu consists of Jjolmyeon with Samgyeopsal and Mandu-jeongol A lovely time Of course, the foods were nice They make me feel like having a drink My last few days have gone like this Behind the scene Bebe snoring in her sleep after the signing LOL Then, she woke up all of a sudden at night and had a treat in the weird position I only look at my treat Striding I didn’t see the door sill
Hello, everyone! Tonight we’re going to be doing something different I’m gonna be capturing that tree back there And hopefully, some star trails behind it, that’s the idea It’s obviously gonna be a long exposure of around an hour and a half, something like that That’s what I’m aiming for I’m gonna be using film for this, I find film to be much better for exposures this long so I have the Bronica back there, it’s already set up I did it a while ago when there was still light out I find it much easier that way I just need to figure out the settings It’s a little bit complicated, this is about reciprocity failure and things like that I’m gonna just show you a few videos and then hopefully the final image and then I’ll be talking about how I figured out the settings for this we’re gonna be talking about reciprocity failure and how to make long exposures with film in general All right, so the image kind of worked it wasn’t the best subject because it was lit by a streetlight so it was going to be hard to capture that lit tree and the star trails in the background I had to work a little bit in Lightroom to bring those star trails back It got a little bit cloudy too as you can see here, above the tree But what matters here for this video, what I wanted to talk about is about the exposure and how I figured out the settings to use with the Bronica for this shot So for those who don’t know, I have a whole a book about long exposure photography that I’m gonna link in the description down below, it’s free so you can download it it’s a PDF, almost a hundred pages And I talk about everything that you might need to know for long exposure from camera gear to the subjects that you can capture, why to do it and how to do it with both digital and film So as I said earlier, I prefer film over digital for exposures this long, for many reasons We have to keep in mind reciprocity failure, that’s something that happens with film and that happens because film is made of chemicals and those chemicals become less and less sensitive to light the longer we are exposing an image So we have to compensate for that, and the way to do it is to expose that film for even longer What this theory means in practice is that we need to adjust the shutter speed and make it much longer I exposed this image for an hour and half, to get to a shutter speed as long as that one with a digital camera I’d have to use ND filters, but I didn’t need them at all with the film camera, thanks to the reciprocity failure Reciprocity failure is different for every film stock and there are usually tables that you can find online or even apps, I think that Ilford has an app For this, I used HP5 and I have a table that I’ve been using for years So I know that if I wanna get an exposure of an hour and a half, I need to meter for 10 minutes So, to get this exposure, to get this brightness with a digital camera I’d have to have the shutter open for 10 minutes but to get the same brightness with film, I need to have it open for an hour and a half I’m gonna show you really quick how I did the math for this as we said, this is gonna be a 1h30min long exposure when we look at the reciprocity failure table for HP5, that is in equivalent of 10 minutes when we meter with a digital camera or a light meter I took a photo with my digital camera and the values that I got were one second, f/1.4 and ISO 1600 the ISO is the same that I was using for film, I was pushing HP5 2 stops so that is done, we can’t change that value with film We need to somehow transform this 1 second into 10 minutes as you saw in the video, probably, I was using an orange filter I need to compensate 2 stops for that orange filter, so that changes the shutter speed to 4 seconds The lens I was using, the 80mm, the maximum aperture is f/2.8, that’s another 2 stop difference so, f/2 would be 8 seconds, and another stop, 16 seconds at f/2.8 The shutter speed is getting slower and slower, but still pretty far from the 10 minutes The only option that we have here is to keep stepping down the lens So if we do step it down to f/4, that’d mean 32 seconds if we step it down to f/5.6, that means 1min and 4 seconds To f/8, that’s 2 minutes and 8 seconds To f/11, that means 4min and 16secs and finally, f/16, that means 8min and 32secs and this is what I went with, settings of f/16, pushing HP5 to 1600, 8 and a half minutes but that would be for digital, we need to compensate for reciprocity failure so I eyeballed this, if 10 minutes were an hour and a half 8:30 I assumed it was going to be around 1h and 15mins that’s what I did and the image turned out pretty well when it comes to the exposure values this is how I did the math This is what I wanted to share about this Some people had asked me in the past about this topic It’s a little bit complicated to explain, but I hope that this helps someone If it’s still not clear for you, please leave a comment down below I’ll try to get back to you or send me an email from my website and I’ll try to help you and now, some of my favorite long exposure images I’ve made at night Thank you so much for watching, and see you in the next one!
I’d lived for five years in a studio of around 30m2 Everything was small and narrow, but I became attached to it The pretty interior made me satisfied with living at this place And last month, After a five-year stay in the studio, I moved to a new home. I love this city The view as entering the new home There’s a large cabinet on the left side of the front door, so I can store small items neatly. The first space to introduce is my bedroom. Its layout is almost the same as the old home. For a few days after moving, I’d been in the morning sun as I couldn’t hang the curtains So, I could see the views Because the window cornice was made of iron, I could install curtains only after the rail’s been fixed with a help from the management office (Backbreaking…) I change my bedding in commemoration every time I move The bedroom should be cozy, so that I can have a sound sleep anytime Bought a bed frame from IKEA and it’s a bit bigger than my mattress I dragged a multi plug outlet into the gap like this to make it easier to turn on and off the lamp, and to charge my phone in bed There’s a hanger opposite the bed and there are books under the hanger Humidifier I’m using in the bedroom because it’s dry season And a small clothes room next to it It’s too big to be a closet and too small to be a room All my clothes are in here, even Bebe’s clothes How cute… I bought four drawer kits since there were no drawers My favorite bedroom time is night, The time maximizing snugness Then, the living room and kitchen I put a table by the window without a curtain in the living room Sitting here makes me feel the season and time clearly My paintings in the corner I watch movies, send mails, or write here I really wanted to have a white table, moving into the large home made that wish come true A big park comes into view outside the window. It’s so close that I go out there every day The reason why I like this city Bebe also runs excitedly as there are no people Back in my place, Given the size of home, the kitchen is quite large Also, good to have a bar acting as countertop and table Now I can easily wash the dishes in spacious sink Space to put the appliances I wanted to buy, (So, I’ve got a few new items) There’s much more space in the larger kitchen I got to have cleaner and more enjoyable housekeeping There’s a built-in washing machine, which has a drying function that I make good use of Laundry detergent portioned for easy use Containers and a ricer cooker are beneath I take them out only when using, then put them back in Since I live alone, I keep many things frozen in the freezer Rice, bread, meat, green onion… I can simply cook them anytime I enjoy preparing meals every day in the spacious and bright kitchen Purchased this chair after moving, but it goes well together as it was Then there are a robot vacuum and an air purifier The robot vacuum that improved the quality of my life Not sure about the purifier… might be just a placebo effect So many cupboards in the kitchen that I’ve only half filled The cushion that Bebe would sit on while I’m eating Then, my workspace I only work in this room, which is close to the front door So, the only things in the room are a desk, an iMac and a camera storage I’ve always worked at the convertible desk dining table, so this is my first desk chair. The camera storage, and a WiFi router beside it If I look at it from the front, I can’t see any messy wires With the big screen, the work efficiency of editing has increased Most of all, I’ve got better concentration from the completely seperate work space The last one to tell about is the bathroom I use the rest of it as dry because there’s a shower booth Bebe’s bowel pad is here as well Nothing special in the bathroom A few skincare products, a towel and a soap Simple that I replaced shampoo, body wash and hand wash with just one soap In fact, moving to this place was a big adventure for me. Have no connection in this neighborhood, and I had to get quite a bit from a bank though I didn’t buy the place Also I rushed into moving in here But if I’d considered one thing and another, I wouldn’t have come here Thanks to those, it’s been happier day by day and I look forward to my future to be made in the new place So, introducing my new place is done Behind the scene, As filming the cupboards, Bang Is it being recorded? G’night