Signal vs. Noise: Look For the Signal in Your Life, and Not The Noise

Photographer Zack Arias created this video titled Signal vs. Noise to help his fellow photogs refocus their lives and careers. His advice: “Look for the signal in your life, and not the noise.” Arias writes,

As 2012 was coming to an end […] I felt as though my brain was full. There wasn’t any more room in it. I can’t take any more information. My head was filled with noise and trying to find anything of any substance was difficult. I would do my best to remember what I was going to the store to buy, but when I walked in the door I couldn’t remember. I’d sit in meetings with my studio manager where she would ask about the direction for the new year and I’d draw a blank. “I don’t know.” My mind was filled with thoughts but I couldn’t string them together in a coherent way to save my life.

Each year I take the month of December off from social media. I like to disappear, go work on stuff, and come back feeling fresh. Nearing the end of 2012 I knew I needed to leave all of that behind sooner than December and most likely stay off of it until the spring. My mind was stuck on static and the volume was set to eleven.

Arias has developed a number of strategies for strengthening signal and killing noise. Head on over to Scott Kelby’s blog for the whole shebang.

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  • Peter Jamus Holme

    I like noise though. :'{

  • Wendy

    I really needed to watch and listen to this, been fighting to keep the signal above the noise lately. Refocus. Excuse the deliberate pun.

  • Nikki Comma

    Good video. “That’s noise” reminded me a lot of “That’s a paddlin'” from The Simpsons though… I guess that’s noise.

  • Mansgame

    I like Zack but sometimes I have to wonder whether he takes medication and whether he’s off those medication. I mean sometimes he’s just going on rants about how depressing life is and I wonder if hes going to do something bad to himself, but this time considering the point of the video is to avoid noise, most of that video itself is noise because he doesn’t say much of anything.

  • Jeremy Hall

    I think that’s exactly what makes Zack so relatable. He’s trying to show us that everyone has these crazy, depressing thoughts at times and battles similar issues of distractions and failings. Too many others want to show you what a guru they are and they succeed because they are so awesome. Zack truly does “keep it real”.