Create: Question & Answer Episode 11

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Strike one: forgot to plugin my mics.

Strike two: Either Fuji or Atomos or cable was not happy. So, there are some glitches people, but hey, if you wanted perfect you certainly wouldn’t be on my channel. I think there are FOUR glitches total. Use it as a game and see if you can piece together what I said in the three-second gap…..

Thank you VERY much to those who sent questions. I think I am officially caught up. Whew. Very little time for new films these days but I did enjoy doing this one even though I totally botched the first take which was even better than this one. Oh well. Okay, let’s get to the meat.

1. 5:00, What are your thoughts on using expired film?

2. 6:42, Do you use a RAID system?

3. 9:20, How do you feel about converting digital color to black and white, and does this feel like “cheating?”

4. 10:28, How do I learn to speak more eloquently?

5. 12:36, Do you have any tips for better editing and pairing of images?

6. 14:20, How do I end a long-term project?

7. 16:18, Can you give us box speeds for a range of films?

8. 18:35, How do you feel about darkroom printing vs inkjet printing?

9. 21:00, Should I work to keep things “real” with my documentary work?

10. 25:10, Is there a photo from someone else you wish you took?

11. 26:36, Why did you shoot black and white while working in Peru?

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  1. Possibly five glitches, Daniel: the subtitles are only available in Vietnamese, and are hilarious.

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  2. The only survivors of a nuclear war…Amazon and Keith Richards. Truer words were never spoken. I love Somerset Maugham! The Razors Edge is my favorite, and I also really enjoyed The Moon and Sixpence. It’s loosely based on the life Paul Gauguin.

    As always Dan, very entertaining and informative.

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  3. Dan, as usual we are on the same page on so many things. And Peru is now added to my list of post-pandemic destinations.

    I’m usually quiet about technology and online “art” but thought I’d toss in my 2-cents, my own historical perspective on what is happening and where it will go…

    I see photography following the same evolutionary arc of every creative pursuit that has been “improved” by technology. Much the same impact as the lead type had on hand made books, then computers on lead type,“bop shops” on hand made glassware, the electrical bulb on getting a good night’s sleep, tech has laid waste and dumbed down everything it touches. That is surely one way to look at it and entirely valid.

    There’s another way to look at it too. Many if not all creative pursuits started with a handful of talented people who, by doing what they loved, truly created art, which was enjoyed by people educated enough to appreciate it. What eventually followed was the dumbing down of the art by technology to make it more accessible to the masses, many of which who were not as educated but called it art anyway. What followed then was – wait for it – a handful of talented people doing what they love who truly created art, enjoyed by people educated enough to appreciate it. They were there all along… technology didn’t take them away.

    If you’re ever in my little corner of the world, check out the hand made books at Bainbridge Island Arts Museum ( and take one of the book making classes. Check out the Seattle Glass Blowing shop and do one of their Glassblowing Experience workshops ( Each represents a handful of talented people doing what they love who are truly creating art, which is enjoyed by people who are educated enough to appreciate it. They too were there all along… technology didn’t take them away either.

    I can’t knock digital photography. Because of autofocus I can still get a decently sharp image in spite of my failing eyesight. The same for image stabilization and my hand shake which has gotten worse of late. I cannot handle darkroom chemicals anymore either but I can “develop” my images on a computer, which mercifully (or mercilessly) displays a magnified image I can see. Without advances in technology I would have given up on photography a long time ago.

    Lastly, I have no delusions of my being one of those talented people. Never have been and never will be. But I can appreciate good art when I see it, support the people who create that art and support the museums and galleries that exhibit their art. And I can satisfy the untalented artist inside me by taking my camera for a walk as often as I can. Finis.

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      It’s true. Technology might not be evil but what we do with it can be. What’s been lost is good, bad, mediocre. Metrics power the conversations, the work does not. The tech has worked wonders for some things and destroyed others.

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