Video: Phenomenal ‘Know Thyself’ Advice for Photographers Courtesy of John Free

Every time we run across one of photographer John Free’s videos, we can’t help but be inspired, motivated and educated… all at the same time. The master photographer has a way of explaining fundamental concepts that we don’t often hear brought up.

In a few minutes, Free can have you picking up your camera and jetting out the door with your camera in hand and a new appreciation and understanding of your craft in mind. The video above is no exception. So sit up and listen up as Free explains the importance of getting ‘closer to yourself’ as a photographer, so that a crucial moment never slips past.

(via Reddit)

  • frank mckenna

    this guy is a great teacher.. remind me of the quote i heard. Focus yourself, than your camera.

  • Jon Peckham

    I agree with him. Push yourself to failure. Then learn from the failure. If you are not afraid to do this, then you can become a great photographer.

  • kodiak xyza

    « The master photographer has a way of explaining fundamental concepts that we don’t often hear brought up. »

    the internets focus on equipment articles, and tricks with equipment and software, so less time is spent on ideas of how to look, versus how to set up the gear. dollar to donuts that fewer comments turn up on this article than the one on auto-focus button relocation.

  • olafs_osh

    good one. I am kicking myself for not getting the shot as I write this. it’s do much about a shooter – he’s right. when I will step over particular barrier of mine, I will be so much better and happier. this speech just reminds me of that and makes me understand, that I am not the only one. Damn good.

  • LUkas Suzzi

    What were the 5 f’s?

  • Darren

    Find (the subject)
    Figure it out (lighting angle etc)

  • Ralph Hightower

    I bought a three-pack of B&W film in 2011 for the Space Shuttle’s final landing; it was a night landing, so color would have been a waste. I rediscovered the classic look of B&W. I decided to shoot 2012 using B&W film exclusively; it was around March where I started to visualize scenes in B&W. Yea, there were some temptation to throw a color roll in; but I stayed with it.

  • aaron vesiontwo

    I wish he wasn’t so condecending at times. I really felt like I was being talked down to at parts of this.

  • Vin Weathermon

    I was just asking that myself :-)

  • Guest

    It’s because he knows you.

  • viki reed

    i could not agree more. What he’s talking about is the difference between someone who pursues photography as a life or death skill that you want to excel in and those who got a great DSLR for xmas and make a business out of shooting friends and family by slapping a watermark on the results. If you’ve ever watched a documentary about Gene Kelly, or Fred Astaire, you can see this same MO in place. The outlier’s thousands of hours, repetition, precision in the craft, a joyful emotional release that says you’re outside of that mastery, working with partners, pushing yourself and the partner to sync and compliment, the right setting, the right shoes, the right set, music, colors, a routine that is different than anything you’ve done before or anyone else, the ability to articulate it, execute it, then perform it. Def the race car analogy works….your brain has been though this so many times the pathways are there and ready, but you gotta pave those roads first.