“Once You Learn That, You’ll Never Be the Same Again”

Here’s an old clip in which Steve Jobs talks about how he sees the world

When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money.

That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.

Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.

Video surprise!

Its almost that time of the year again where I need everyone's help to surprise my friend Derek for his bday! Last year I got over a 100 photos of people holding up signs saying "Happy Birthday Derek" in less than 3 days. This year I want to step it up and make a video!!


Feel free to be creative!!!

And If you by any chance know Derek, please don't let this get out I don't want him to find out until the day of his bday!

Thanks in advance!
Ruan x

Oh and PS: The person that sends me the most videos of people saying "Happy 30th Birthday Derek" will get a full day shoot including hair and makeup!

10 things that every photographer, every creative person should know.

I just read this list on one of my favourite photographers (Chase Jarvis) blog and had to share it!

1. Experts aren't the answer.
Hear what experts say, but don’t always listen to them.

2. Clients cannot tell you what they need.
If you are good enough to get selected for the job, you should be good enough to drive the photographic vision.

3. Don’t aim for ‘better’, aim for ‘different’.
You can’t stand out from the crowd by just being better. You have to be different.

4. Big challenges create the best work.
You do your best work where there is a challenge that is clearly present and 10 feet taller than you think you can handle.

5. Aesthetic sensibilities actually matter.
Develop a sense of visual taste.

6. Simple is good.
Remove clutter, remove distraction. Tell one story, and tell it well.

7. Make mistakes, learn quickly.
Get out there and do stuff. If it works, do more of it. If it doesn't work, change it. Quickly.

8. “Value” is different from “price.”
Don’t compete on price alone, remember that value comes in many forms.

9. A-Gamers work with A-Gamers.
Seek to be around awesome people. Shoot high. Shoot for better than yourself.

10. Real artists create.
If you are for real, you’ll be pumping out work on the regular.

There you go. Now don’t just read this list, KNOW this list.

Via: Chase Jarvis Blog

People ask me when do I sleep...

Watch this then you will know the answer..

Here’s a pretty inspiring video that poses a simple question: “how bad do you want it”? It’s from motivational speaker Eric Thomas’ “Secrets to Success” talk, meant to help people accomplish their goals, whether it’s “academically, financially, relationally”, etc… Definitely applicable to those passionate about improving their photography as well.

Jack White on Restiction & Creativity

Here’s an interesting video in which Jack White — singer and guitarist of The White Stripes — shares some thoughts on work ethic and restriction, and how they relate to creativity:

Deadlines and things make you creative, but opportunity and telling yourself “you’ve got all the time in the world, all the money in the world, you’ve all the colors in the pallete you want, anything you want” — that just kills creativity.

For photographers, this means you should keep on shooting even if you feel dry and devoid of fresh ideas — “maybe something good will come out of it.”

(via Chase Jarvis)

Apple OS X Lion upgrade...

So I finally did the upgrade and after using it for almost a week now I really dont see the improvements but then again I only use my mac for Lightroom, Photoshop, email, Spotify, Twitter and Facebook!

The one thing I have found a a bit annoying is the slider at the bottom of finder windows to resize thumbnails that is now missing... :( Please apple put it back!!