On contrast and balance » Peter Oshkai photography blog

I think that, ultimately, what makes an image (photograph or painting) visually appealing is contrast. There are many types of contrast: large and small objects in the composition, empty and filled…

Spontaneous vs. generative work » Peter Oshkai photography blog

Spontaneous vs. generative work » Peter Oshkai photography blog

Work in progress

Work in progress

Words and images: a picture that is worth a thousand words » Peter Oshkai photography blog

Most of the content that is being generated in research, art, literature, etc. is not new, but a re-statement of old concepts. This does not mean that re-visiting old ideas is a useless exercise.

Why hacks don’t cut it

“You want to know how to paint a perfect painting? Make yourself perfect and then just paint naturally. That’s the way all the experts do it.

On missing opportunities.

While we are prone to regret inaction, there is rarely a valid objective reason for such regrets. Even if we fail to take action, and the opportunities that are associated with that action are gone…

Using uncertainty to prolong an experience.

I believe there two mutually-exclusive strategies for stimulating viewer’s interest in a photograph. The first approach is to include many details that the viewer can examine. An example woul…

Sweet tooth.

Physical conditioning, and endurance in particular, is important for photographers. Recently, I came across an interesting discussion of the role of hydration plays in endurance. Basically, it is i…

Taking notes.

There is a saying that in order to be a good writer, one needs to live an interesting life. I am not sure to whom to attribute this quote, but I came across similar advice to new professors: the ke…

Being a third-person shooter.

I went into a false mirror room with my daughter when we visited an amusement park in Voronezh. This was a first time for her, and she really enjoyed it, but I think part of the fun was that I brou…

Foreground interest.

In Robert Pirsig’s book “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”, there is an episode when the riders marvel at the expanse of the prairie and John, one of the main characters,…


Image post-processing is most effective if it is either so subtle that a viewer does not notice it or, on the contrary, so dominant that there can be no mistake that it has been done deliberately.