Teaching Birds To Fly

Almost every serious artist I know is on a constant path of reinvention. Along with that comes a certain level of restlessness in the pursuit of  art and craft.

In other words, it’s a bridling against complacency.

Lately, I’ve been struggling with the issue of resolution in my digital files. As in, how much resolution do I want vs. how much do I need based on how much equipment can I carry on my own.

Some people turn to the internet for answers in this situation. That’s a hard “no” for me. Self-proclaimed experts and pseudo-geniuses in the field of photography with their affiliate links offer no value to me.

These folks are the same breed of cat that Nassim Taleb writes about on the topic of “experts” who seek to lecture birds on how to fly. If you open your eyes to this kind of folly, you won’t have to wait long to see it in action.

Luckily for me, I have other artists I can turn to for advice. In exchange for their counsel, I’m on call to do the same when their inevitable restlessness appears.

It’s a priceless asset.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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