Episode 013: Light, Gesture and Color – a brief introduction to Jay Maisel

Daniel SiggPodcastLeave a Comment

In this episode of CREATE. PHOTOGRAPHY, Daniel will give a brief introduction to the stunning photography of American photographer Jay Maisel. Jay had a long career as commercial photographer, and photographed the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Miles Davis. But he really got well know for his use of light, gesture and color in everyday scenes. Daniel will also review 3 of Jay’s images. 

Create (daily): Just Another Street Photography Outing

Daniel SiggCreate (Daily)Leave a Comment

Street - Night photography

The cities are so empty these days (December 3 2020). We are still in partial lockdown, restaurants are closed, and the streets more than ghostly. I have been out photographing in downtown Minneapolis again. Street photography with plenty of empty streets and almost no people. The few people I did see I tried to capture including myself in a reflection! … Read More

Episode 011: Creative Use Of The Physics Of Light

Daniel SiggPodcast2 Comments

stock.xchng - Image

Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Spotify RSS Feed Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Stitcher For more listening options and all other episodes, please click here. For sharing, download or additional listening options, hover over the player and click on the sharing icon on the player (bottom right).    In this episode of CREATE. PHOTOGRAPHY, host Daniel Sigg will … Read More

Create (daily): More Impressionism

Daniel SiggCreate (Daily)Leave a Comment

Street Photography - Light

There was another snow fall in my city, this time in November and not October. We walked around our urban neighborhood after sunset and the streets were, as so often in our neighborhood and since the pandemic, very empty. The snowfall further prevented people from walking. I brought a long lens like I did during the last snow fall (see … Read More

Create (daily): Why Gear Does Not Matter

Daniel SiggCreate (Daily)2 Comments

Date - Art

As photographers, we often worry about gear. I certainly have … trying to find the perfect camera, lens, or other tool. Film, Digital? I have been focusing on film photography and thought I would not go back to digital. Well, this wasn’t so. I have been shooting much more digital lately, for a few reasons. First, I wanted to do … Read More

Episode 009: Lighting Essentials (with Don Giannatti)

Daniel SiggPodcast2 Comments

Satellite dish - Artificial satellite

In this episode of CREATE. PHOTOGRAPHY, host Daniel Sigg will discuss light, lighting and other creative topics with Don Giannatti. Don is a former commercial photographer, owner of an ad agency, and current photography mentor/coach.

Don understands lighting, and teaches how to light correctly (whether natural or with strobes or with reflectors or combinations of thereof) to photographers around the world.

Episode 008: Story Telling (with Ted Vieira)

Daniel SiggPodcast4 Comments

Black and white - Still life photography

In this episode of CREATE. PHOTOGRAPHY, host Daniel Sigg will discuss storytelling in photography with Ted Vieira.

Ted Vieira is a Las Vegas based photographer, focusing on portrait photography. He really appreciate seeing a photo that tells a story. Ted says that [the story] is the thing that makes someone keep coming back to look at the photo again.

I have been following Ted’s work for a while, and absolutely love his photography and his style. He also has one of the coolest voices on YouTube or the podcasting world! We had a great time discussing story telling and related topics around the creative process.

Create (daily): What is Create (daily)?

Daniel SiggCreate (Daily)Leave a Comment

Photography - Photographer

Why Create (daily)?

I should have probably posted this in the beginning of this new “micro-blog” series. Since I am focusing a lot of my personal photography related efforts on my podcast (aside from my personal work of course), my regular blog posts might be getting a little less attention.

I love minimalism, and reduction of images to its essence. Depending on your intent, the reduction / minimalism can cause viewers to lose context and do not understand the image. The question is whether this is so important. 

Create (daily): Minimalism

Daniel SiggCreate (Daily)Leave a Comment

Photographer - Minimalism

I am strongly influenced by minimalistic art, and love the minimalist style of architecture, photography, painting and even living. Although I do not practice minimalism I think there is much to be said about reducing things to the essence.

Create (daily): Beauty vs Story (or Pattern vs Content)

Daniel SiggCreate (Daily)Leave a Comment

Photographic film - Black and white

At the moment, I am doing these daily dispatches as a way to put down some thoughts on “paper”.

About photography. 

About the creative process. 

Looking at my images, and reviewing some of Jay Maisel’s work in particular (there will be a future podcast on that!), I realize that a lot of my images are about beauty, including beautiful patterns. Should they be about story? So is it about beauty versus story or pattern versus content? 

Create (daily): Snow, Rain, Fire

Daniel SiggCreate (Daily)Leave a Comment

Blog - Rain

Playing around with the digital camera. Flames on the fence? Or what you can do playing with reflections and perspective. Snow, rain, fire The fireplace in my office was reflecting onto the window. I changed perspective to create the perception that the fire is on top of the snow covered fence. No photoshop, all in camera.   abstract … office … Read More

Create (daily): 3 Rolls of Film

Daniel SiggCreate (Daily)Leave a Comment

Camera lens - Film SLR

In the book I am reading “SHOW YOUR WORK”, author Austin Kleon talks about sharing behind the scenes stuff. I typically don’t do that, not sure why not? Maybe because I feel it’s not that interesting. But I decided I will share more things via my Create (Daily) posts. And so this seems to be a good platform to share stuff like this. Today, I finished the another roll of Kodak Portra 400, and have now 3 undeveloped rolls. Most of these photographs were shot in downtown Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Some of them were at night.

Create (daily): The Beginner’s Mind

Daniel SiggCreate (Daily)2 Comments

String instrument - Electric guitar

Here a short-form daily blog post with random topics on creativity and the creative process. Things I read: at the moment, I am reading “SHOW YOUR WORK” by Austin Kleon. The book is small and inspirational, and talks about 10 ways to share your creativity. Under #1: you don’t have to be a genius, Austin talks about how we may … Read More

Episode 006: An American Mile (with Kyle McDougall)

Daniel SiggPodcastLeave a Comment

Photography - Photographer

In today’s episode, I have a discussion with Kyle McDougall about his project An American Mile.  In American Mile, Kyle depicted a 256 days trip across the United States, exploring the small towns and backroads that are strewn across its vast landscape. We discuss this project and also projects in general. And along the way, touch on other topics such as medium film, sequencing (of images), format (of negatives), film stocks, printing, color, consistency, style and other topics related to the creative process.