May 22, 2022

GUEST BLOG: Karen Hutton, Photographer, Artist, Purveyor of Awesomeness

Getting there is no mishap. And heres the part many individuals find so challenging: it takes ALOT of work and discipline to get there (half the room clears out.
The focus, diligence, interest, nerve, desire and stick-to-it-iveness this takes cant be overemphasized. “Oh, youre simply skilled and Im not” is such a simple way out.
Lets talk about a couple things you can do TODAY to not be a napper … however rather, to unleash your own inner JamesEarlFrickinJones. Starting with focus …

The value of specifying in your choices can just not be overstated. In a world of wandering generalities and flabby thinking, it seems blasphemous! However heres the important things: specificity is defining. It talks to clearness of mind and discernment. Great life abilities to have! How lovely that you can learn them through photography. How can we move the needle that direction without stabbing ourselves in the eye? (so to speak.).
Some of you who know me, know that I speak about “What do you like?”. I discuss it alot. Why is that?
Its because when it pertains to linking your heart + soul photography (secret to opening your artists voice), this is the quickest method to connect the dots, in extremely specific ways.
“Focus on what I enjoy. Got it!”.
But wait. Are you going to utilize difficult focus? Or soft focus? Theres a distinction.
” Hard focus” is directed attention. Photographically speaking, we require this kind of focus at specific times … however it can get out of hand. Too much tough focus can be like handing you a set of blinders, narrowing what you see and discover.
Conversely, “soft focus”, or “soft fascination” is about allowing things that carefully fascinate you to draw you in. Its alot like the experience of being in nature; restoring, energizing and renewing in so lots of lovely methods.
Soft focus/fascination is fantastic when you want to rest your brain, open more to what you like, see things you might have missed otherwise, get the juices going. You might even find that brand-new insights surface area carefully, and even receive responses to pesky concerns youve been considering.
Its still specific … but less fatiguing than hard focus and will not offer you a headache. Look it up if you have not heard of soft fascination! Theres loads of research and mind-blowing findings you might simply find illuminating.
Difficult focus and soft focus are both useful, theyre just various state of minds, using various results. Its good to be clear about that, specifically considering that each impacts seeing and creativity so considerably.

. So, if you enable it to, soft fascination will draw you, in a mild and lovely style, to that which touches your heart, interests you, perks you up, makes you curious.
Possibly its a flower. Youre mind muses … Hmmm, what have we here? Ahhh, something about the shape, the gentle curves, the method the light overflow the petals. Lovely. Look how that modifications depending upon where you stand, where you hold the electronic camera. What does it seem like? Where does it speak? At what point does your breath catch, your heart flutter and make you gasp a little? Is it there? Or here? You get to pick … all from soft fascination, gentle focus.
The minute is nigh (waxing poetic here). Now is when you generate settings, composition– however even those are ruled by the feels. Relying on your experience level, you might require a minute of more difficult focus as you choose about things like depth of field, exposure compensation, final structure (which you feel as much as see … the goosebumps are the shipment system), horizontal or vertical orientation, and so on. And there it is. You push the shutter. Goosebumps!
Are you done? Well, lets see … back to soft focus questions like “Is that all? “Is there more?” “What if I try it by doing this?” until there doesnt seem to be more. Then move along, keeping your eyes soft, your breath going, being easy … and allowing your attention to be gently drawn..
What Im describing is a procedure which uses a softer kind of focus, lead by what you enjoy, being drawn by soft fascination into very particular options, whose extremely pointed selections show your distinct, true and authentic perspective & & perspective about what you find stunning and inspiring.
Result? Your own JamesEarlFrickinJones creative voice, saturating the pixels of your image. Hey … can I have your autograph?
This service of picking the type of focus youll utilize– and being specific about it is HEWGE. When was the last time you spent an hour taking it much deeper than you ever have in the past, perhaps on something brand brand-new? Knowing isnt the exact same as doing.
Difficult focus has its place, of course. We need to focus that method to achieve things sometimes. But even hard focus can become softer and not so different and jolting. It can be more in service of flow.
Now then. What about the entire diligence, interest, stick-to-it-iveness, desire and nerve thing I pointed out earlier? Ahhhh … those followed– and are the long-haul commitment needed for that relatively magical unicorn of top-level imagination and voice to become the only lens you ever photograph through.
Its not for the faint of heart.
However I understand youre up for the adventure!
You have a JamesEarlFrickinJones-itude.
I love that about you.

Expert Fujifilm X-Photographer Karen Hutton is a Kelbyone Instructor, Landscape and Travel Photographer, Artist, Speaker and Educator. Through stunning imagery, humor, thought-provoking concepts and a genuinely favorable outlook, she inspires people to find their creative voice in photography– while making it all feel like a extraordinary and mind-blowing experience.
You can see more of Karens Art at, inspect out upcoming retreats and classes at and keep up with her on Instagram and Facebook.

“Focus on what I like. Or soft focus? On the other hand, “soft focus”, or “soft fascination” is about enabling things that carefully amaze you to draw you in. You get to select … all from soft fascination, gentle focus.
Well, lets see … back to soft focus questions like “Is that all?

How to unleash your inner JamesEarlFrickinJones-itude
You can just never ever go wrong photographing what you enjoy, the method you enjoy, in light that you enjoy, narrating you like.
Why is that?
Its because when you inform a story (visual or otherwise) about what you like without holding back, resistance melts away. You cant help but interact from a much deeper truth and credibility. No apologies, no reasons. And because stunning, caring, quantum way in which development works– that voice, that specific brushstroke, in turn ends up being the “secret sauce” which embeds itself into the pixels of your image as a photographer. You cant phony it. And you cant keep back.
I understand this from lots of point of views … among them, being a voiceover professional. My finest mentor taught me this concept a bit in a different way; from the point of view of finding your “celebrity voice”– or signature voice, as she called it. Her point: when a director employs a star voice, theyre working with the particular singing signature of that person. Its more than a noise, its an existence.
Case in point: when you book James Earl Jones (the voice of Darth Vader) you know what youre getting. Jones voice is his and his alone. Its distinct, unmistakable; and has a particular presence + definable result on everyone who hears it. When Jones utilizes his voice to endorse your item, or bring your character to life … its going to have the James Earl Jones “touch.” Its a magnificent bankable touch; and if youre a clever director, you would not imagine changing it. (not all directors are smart, BTW … but thats a story for another day).
James Earl Jones didnt get where he is by accident. Sure, he was born with his voice. He went method beyond that preliminary endowment.
Now overlay that concept onto photography. Signature voice in photography is “unique, apparent, not duplicatable and has a definable effect on everybody” who sees & & experiences it. Its your “touch”, your viewpoint and existence, embedded into the pixels of your every image.