A lot of photography you can’t learn without experiencing it. You must put in the time and effort and make some mistakes along the way.

Lessons Learned is about personal development as a photographer and in a broader sense it’s about visual literacy. Whether you make your living taking photos for clients, you make images to sell as art, you practice it as a hobby, or you are documenting and sharing your life with the camera in your phone; you are practicing visual literacy. You’re sharing how you see the world.

The majority of education on photography is intimidating and only shows how to do something without explaining why you would want to – a professional photographer shows you the results they get after years of experience, and distills that into a 20 minute video. What they are showing you is how they do something but not why. A lot of photography you can’t learn without experiencing it. You must put in the time and effort and make some mistakes along the way. So this is my experience, and I trust that it is useful to the next person asking the same questions. I often learn the most from other people’s mistakes and that’s actually why I’m doing it this way. Leave comments or send a message if you have a question or topic you’d like me to talk about.

Photography Essentials for a long trip

Photography Essentials for Short Trips and for Long Trips

Author: Andy Yee I’m frequently asked about what gear I use when photograph and what gear to take when traveling. Essentially there are two major factors which leads me to what gear I carry. The duration of the trip and if the equipment allows me to capture the most from the trip. This year I’m off on a few trips. …

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How Not to Organize your Photos, IntentionallyLost.com

How NOT To Organize Your Photos

I have learned how NOT to organize my photos after adopting systems from other photographers to organize my photo library. In this video I show what that has taught me, and the new method I am using now after my own trial and error. Will my current method change again? Probably. What I think is important is that you should determine …

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IntentiionallyLost.com Never Delete a Photo

Never Delete a Photo

Never delete a photo? Okay, I don’t mean that literally; just don’t do it before you have a VERY good grasp on what a good photo means to you. I have learned this the hard way after I deleted photos from an event or shoot only to wish later that I hadn’t. When you are starting out taking and managing …

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IntentionallyLost.com Don't Buy Your Followers

Don’t Buy Your Followers

Followers on social media channels should not be purchased. Okay, there’s my synopsis and you know where I stand so you don’t need to read on unless you want to know why I feel that way. I can’t be the only person who believes and behaves this way right? I know that social media is heavily commercialized now and growing a …

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IntentionallyLost.com Storage and Backups

Photo Management – Storage and Backups

  While I don’t shoot a ton of images daily right now I am making several thousand photos a year that I want to keep safe from the point of capture through to working with them and then saving them to long term backups. I’m still fairly new at all this and expect that these processes will change over time. …

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IntentionallyLost.com Where the Heck are all your Photos

Where the Heck are all Your Photos?

Beginning Photo Management is something any photographer should get a handle on before taking thousands of photos. This video is Photo Management Part 1 and is about my frustration with all of the backup services trying to own my cloud storage. Modern cameras let you take the image straight from the camera to a mobile device, make edits, and then …

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IntentionallyLost.com Photo Editing Progress

New Problems Mean Progress

A Wacom to solve my problem? I believe encountering new problems means that you are growing and stretching yourself into new places. By taking on new challenges you are introduced to new problems that you haven’t solved before. Approaching and overcoming those problems means that you grow. So that’s all well and good and I do believe it holds true…when …

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IntentionallyLost.com Digital Ownership

Photo sharing, digital ownership, metadata, & watermarking

Digital ownership of a photo is hard to track and even harder to prove. Anyone who has ever shared their photos online has probably had them stolen and used by other people without compensation or attribution. It happened to me a couple of weeks a go. I add digital ownership metadata to all images when I import them to Lightroom before …

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