Ten reasons to start a photography challenge

Eventually, almost every photographer encounters it… “photography challenges”. Photographers challenge themselves, or others, to take a series of photos. Sometimes 365 pictures: one picture for every day of the year. Or 52 black and white pictures: one picture each week. These “challenges” are little projects done for multiple reasons. In December 2014 Teresa challenged me: Five black and white pictures, no strict rules. I decided

Five things photographers can learn from painters

While the oldest paintings date back to the cave paintings 40.000 years ago, photography only goes back a few hundred years. Hence are most (or every?) “rules” about composition and usage of colours discovered by scientists and painters in the old days. Photographers gladly capitalize on the rich history of the art of painting and have become a new wave of

Painting with photographs – (The great works of Marjolein Linders)

My family is full of creative spirits. For example my grandfather, he is the real Inspector Gadget, inventing many things to help him with his chores. Other examples are some of my cousins, who are musicians. One of my nieces is a photographer, and another one is an artist, as in Art. Her work is lovely, she paints, she draws with charcoal, she prints..

Self-reflection – The follow-up

Previously I wrote on self-reflection. To start the year 2015, I want to give you an example of how I am looking to improve, and what my goals are. In this blog I will take a close look at some of my pictures and look for improvements. This is a long read, and actually I have written

Self-reflection. Are you honest to yourself?

With 2014 coming to an end, it is time for some reflection. And of course, when I blog, I want you to be intrigued, help you grow, entertain you, or share some beauty. This blog however, will be for myself. Because in some situations, I get really stuck and don’t know how to grow. Putting words on

The Liebster Award: A little more about me

My dear fellow blogger Xin nominated me for the Liebster Award (thank you Xin!). An award for (new) bloggers, to introduce themselves in the world of blogging. The rules are easy: answer 11 questions by the nominator, state 11 random facts about yourself, and nominate 11 others. I had to think about accepting the award for a

Laziness kills (your creativity)…

The winter of 2013/2014 was not a cold winter in The Netherlands. It felt more like a six month lasting autumn. Endless drizzling, grey days… I had one client at that time in Amsterdam and and traveled mainly by car. The route I took was the same route every day, but I didn’t mind. It started in the morning near

Free e-book on Creative Photography by Richard Bernabe

An interesting discussion is whether creativity is a born talent, or a skill we can learn. Personally I believe we can learn to be creative, but just like intelligence, you have to be “gifted”. Richard Bernabe wrote a free e-book called Creative Photography “Ten Easy Pieces”. Ten “easy pieces” to get creative. These ten tips are

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