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In this episode of CREATE. PHOTOGRAPHY, we will discuss simplicity in photography (composition, gear, settings).
Ansel Adams compositions are simple yet not minimalistic.
Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains – Steve Jobs.
I have been in pursuit of “Simplicity” for life, particularly for product designs. For example, when I led product development for Cummins/Kubota Tier 4 genset program, by introducing simplified structures and modular design, it resulted in more reliable products with up to 8.5% cost reduction when some of main components like engine’s cost actually had been increased by 12% due to model changes in the past ten years.
For cameras, I love my Fujifilm X100V with its fixed lens for its simplicity – I set it with Auto for ISO, aperture priority, and ACROS film simulation, it produces beautiful B&W images which loved so much. I used my X100 like a film camera as I had been using when I was a student in college/graduate school, just changing aperture, adjust exposure compensation, etc., so I could focus on taking pictures, rather than struggling with settings.
Thanks for the insightful comments, Edward!