"Julieanne Kost on Photo Vision" - Podcast 29

Window Seat

How do you find you photographic vision? I interview Julieanne Kost, the author of Window Seat: The Art of Digital Photography and Creative Thinking, about how her compelling project came to life, and how it's changed her as a photographer.

"I've so enjoyed taking pictures on one subject matter," said Julieanne. "The project just kept growing and growing. Over a course of 5 years I took more than 3,000 pictures." Julianne has included 150 of the best images in her book Window Seat.

The conversation covers the process of choosing your best images, how to evolve as a photographer, and lots of insights from a truly irresistible artist.

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Great interview with excellent questions. You did a wonderful job. Keep it up.

It was a great pleasure to listen to your conversation with Julieanne Kost.
Yes, definitely putting yourself on a project does improve your photographic skills and changes the way you are thinking about photography.
I have an ongoing project at http://www.photowalls.org. I started it some weeks ago. It is about walls. Suddenly I realized that walls kind of fascinate me. Have a look and let me know what you think.
BTW, Derrick, I have been listening to your show for a good couple of months now. It is extremely interesting and inspiring. Thank you for all your work. I really do appreciate it.
Best greetings from Lucerne in Switzerland (another project of mine is called Lucerne Times, you can find it at http://www.lucernetimes.com and it is all about Lucerne, with black and white photographs mainly).


thank you for all you do. you keep young photographers like me inspired. Keep up the good work

Thank you so much for this interview and encouragement. I have been taking photos for so many years and still don't know where it's headed, but love the process and of course only a few of the results. But I do love them, and I appreciate your comments that it doesn't matter if others like them or not.

Lately I have been gardening in a new spot and attempting to take photos of the usual flowers and trees in bloom. How cliche is that, but I don't care. Occasionally I get a shot that I really love. It's very difficult to take a photo of such a simple subject that doesn't bore even me. The light is the thing, of course.

Landscape photography is hard, no question about it, especially with low end equipment. But I had an art teacher many years ago who told me "It's not the tools! Rembrandt would have done just as well with a burnt stick!" and I have taken it to heart. And especially with Photoshop to adjust an exposure slightly if needed, I still shoot with a little Olympus film point and shoot, because that's all I can afford and it's small enough to have with me always.

I love your idea of beginning a project and need to give this some thought. Thank you very much for reaching out to all us photographer-wannabes.

I'd LOVE to receive the cloud poster!!

I've just listened to the interview you did with the inspiring Julieanne Kost for the second time, and am about to order her book from Amazon. I had the good fortune to hear her speak about this project at Photoshop World in Boston. She is absolutely an inspiring speaker.

I'm in the process of putting together a photo site but have nothing to share just yet. I've done a couple semi "projects" in the past. I have a favorite wrought iron wall with flowers and vines entwined that I often photograph, and have gone out a couple times with the intention of only taking shots of doors.

I'm one of those who has trouble getting motivated to go out and shoot so sometimes having a project or a single idea is like having an assignment to do and it gets me out there to shoot.

Thanks for the great interview with Julieanne Kost and for all your podcasts!


I saw Julieanne Kost speak at MacWorld San Francisco. It is a great book and really enjoyed her presentation.

I am planning on doing a project this summer called "Fog." Living in the Sunset District of San Francisco we see plenty of fog each summer and I have almost had too much. So in order to cope, I am going to try and embrace the fog and produce a book or site come this fall.

Great interview!

Hi, this is my first comment on your site, but I've been following your podcast for a few months now. Really informative,
especially since I'm trying to take photography to personal level.
In terms of a project, I'm working on tentatively called
K Street--which is one the place in downtown Sacramento
that I go to take street photos.

I've taken many photos there before, but I'm starting to take them in light of a project where I try to capture the feel of
the place. My biggest challenge, however, is taking photos
of strangers. I don't have a telephoto lens yet, and I feel very
awkward about going to people and just shooting them.

But I think the people who work, pass through, and alas, even live homeless on K Street are so much a part of the environment. So I'll keep visiting and getting what I can get.

Look forward to more of your show. Hope you do something on using an external flash. Maybe you have, so I'll search your site.

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