A Few Thing’s I’ve Learned As Of Late
- Consistency is valued, Diversity is admired
- Do more with less (someone else will always have more: money, connections, gear, talent, etc.)
- When life blesses you with better gear/software/equipment…the quality of the image shouldn’t be the only thing that’s getting better. It doesn’t matter if you’re using a $500 or $5000 camera, push them as far as they can go and push your creativity along the way.
- Drop the attitude and competitive spirit amongst your creative circles. Do you and do the best damn work you can do. I haven’t gotten a job or seen one dollar from getting more instagram likes, tumblr rebolgs, or vsco features than someone else. If that’s fueling your passion, you will get burnt out and your work will lose itself in all of the bullshit trends that plaster social media.
- Renting lenses saves money in the long run. Don’t ever buy a lens without using it for a few days and a few shoots.
- Start printing out your work. Find a print shop (local or online) and get to printing.
- Fall in love with the process. No one masters something after a few hours or a few hundred hours. It takes thousands upon thousands of practicing the simple, the boring, and the monotonous.
- If you want to be taken seriously as a business, you have to take your business seriously. Build a website, print out business cards, print out portfolios, design client packaging, invest in gear and software, email clients back in a timely manner, draw up legal contracts, take classes, etc.
- Lastly, value the support you receive and never allow your ego to outweigh your success.
(disclaimer: still learning all of these daily)
Survey Question for Photographers & those who care
At what point does the process of creating photographs that we consider as our own “original art” collide with the idea that we are merely documenting the creations/artistry of someone/something else?
Does that negate our value as being considered artists when we ourselves, didn’t create or design the subjects or landscapes of our photographs?