One of the things that differentiate amateur and experienced photographers is whether there is consistency in their photos. In this story, I would like to share with you what I do to create a flow of consistency in my photography works.

The time was 2005, I was sitting in my Graphic Design 201 class in college. My work of some hand-drawn objects was being critiqued by my professor. I didn’t expect anything positive, because I knew my hand drawing was always bad. I still remember what the professor said to me…


This is part of the mini-story series where I share details on some of the photos I’ve taken. Like my other stories, it focuses more on the creative and thought processes instead of just the technical details, because I am a firm believer that your right-brain activity is equally, if…


Are you the kind of museum-goer that loves to take photos of artworks? Or the kind that thinks artworks should only be appreciated by eyes, not camera lens? Read on and see if my take on this will get you to think differently about taking photos in museums.

When I travel to different cities around the world, visiting art museums is one of my go-to activities. Even I have been disappointed by boring cities, the museums within those cities would still spark joy and inspiration. Since the very beginning when I started to visit museums, there is a…


Photography can be a distraction that gets in the way of your travel, but if done right it can significantly enhance and complement your travel experience. Read on to see what I do to make sure it is the latter each time I am on the road.

Travel and photography usually go hand in hand. When done right, they complement each other nicely —you can not only take home memorable photos but also uncover unique details of different places that others may easily miss. However, I often see travelers taking photos in a way that making photography…


Covid has probably forced you to delay your travel plan indefinitely since last year, but what if I can transcend the limitation of space and time and take you to a completely different place right now? If you are interested, read on and experience the magic of photography!

In my recent story ‘Street Photography — Finding that Decisive Moment’, I introduced the idea that photography is like a time- and teleport-machine combined; when done right, it has the ability to transcend the limitation of space and time and bring viewers back to the scene where the action took…


It is every photographer’s dream to capture unique decisive moments in their works, but it is difficult because such moments are rare and so many things have to be put together perfectly in just a split of a second. In this story, let’s talk about how do we find and capture those decisive moments.

In Photography, especially Street Photography, the ability to find and capture decisive moments is the key to success. It is undeniably true that capturing such moments has a lot to do with luck (i.e. appearing in the right place at the right time with the right equipment, etc.), especially for…


If you are into photography or cinematography, you must have heard of the term ’Frame-in-Frame’. In this story, I would like to talk about this composition technique, what values does it add, and how to use it in your photoshoot.

I started using ‘Frame-in-Frame’ (FiF) composition in my photoshoot even before I learn anything about FiF or composition in general. To me, it is a natural way to compose. In street photography, I often need to compose in a way that allows me to put a lot of emphasis on…


Old and difficult cameras (e.g. Rolleiflex TLR, Leica M9) may not produce the best result, but they can be very fun to use. Read on to see why I still use them for a variety of purposes.

Old cameras can be a pain in the back. They don’t have auto-focus, the metering is usually way off unless you have a perfect lighting condition, the digital ones perform poorly in low-light, and the film ones, well, need to use film, which only comes with 24 frames or so…


Let’s talk about how to increase your ‘success rate’ in street photography

Coincidence is beautiful, but capturing it as a photographer requires substantial skills. What makes street photography difficult is that most of what we capture only happen by chance, and that you have little control over the subjects, the lighting, the surrounding, etc. When you are out in the street, everything…


Do you struggle to take good landscape photos when the scenery is just mediocre? I faced the same challenge in my recent solo hike, and I would like to share with you my approach to still come home with some good photos.

When I look at my portfolio, probably 90% of them have at least one person in them. This makes sense because the essence of street photography is capturing the irreplicable moments of people. While many new photographers find it daunting to shoot photos of strangers up close, this is actually…

Keith Chen

Photographer @ FotoMachi, Product Manager, Runner, Hiker, Top Writer of Photography, Art, and Travel. Photos from 50+ cities globally. *New story every Monday*

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