Posts Tagged ‘advice’

My Top 10 Tips for a Brand New Photographer, From a Slightly-Not-So Brand New One

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Hello. My name’s Tom. After two years of tinkering around with DSLR photography, I believe that I may have passed an important milestone and successfully made the transition from amateur to enthusiast. I am by no means great, but I am aware of how great I’m not, which I’m told is a significant step.
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How to Find Interesting Photographs When You’re Stuck in ‘Boring’ Locations

Travel photographers get to traverse the world in search of one-of-a-kind photo ops, so finding interesting things to capture usually isn’t a problem for them. But what if you’re limited in terms of mobility and find yourself shooting in the same locations, day after day? Things can quickly start to feel dry and “boring.”

If you’re just starting out in photography and that describes how you feel about where you are, here’s a nice video that may inspire you and jump start your creativity. In it, photography instructor Mike Browne offers some advice on how to take interesting photos in seemingly mundane places.
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14 Things I Have Learned From Being a Photographer

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I am not at the top. I’m not even skating the middle, but I have been doing this photography thing for a while, and there are some things I’ve learned along the way that I thought I would put out to the universe. Mainly because these things were bouncing around in my head and it’s nice to put things out there… so here they are.
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Steve McCurry: Don’t Focus On Your Destination So Much That You Miss the Journey

Here’s a short and inspiring video in which renowned photojournalist Steve McCurry talks about one of the big lessons he has learned over the course of his career: that photography is more about the journey than the destination.

“Some of my best pictures have happened as I was traveling to a particular place,” McCurry says. “The destination has long since been forgotten, but those pictures along the way end up being memorable.”

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The Storyteller’s Kit: The Gear You Need to Tell Stories with Your Photography

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Gear does not make the photographer, allow me to state that for the record before we dive in here. A talented artist can make an image with whatever falls into their palm, but for those of us who have the luxury of choice, be it the pocket sized Ricoh dangling from Moriyama’s wrist, or Crewdson’s cherrywood 8×10, a powerful image is about the framing of a moment, the machine it is seen through when chosen properly, serves to simplify and streamline the process. Read more…

My Advice to the Guy Who Wrote ‘Advice to Aspiring Full Time Photographers’

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Dear Mr. Kim,

I read a blog post of yours titled “Advice to Aspiring Full Time Photographers” reposted on PetaPixel.

It’s filled with lots of exciting tidbits like:

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Video: Successful Photographers Reveal Their Biggest Fears and Offer Advice

Elizabeth Gilbert — the author best known for her bestselling memoir Eat, Pray, Loveonce wrote that fear and creativity are conjoined twins. In other words, you don’t get one without the other. If you kill fear, you kill creativity.

And while we might think that the most talented of photographers, the ones who have very decidedly ‘made it,’ no longer experience the fear that comes with starting a new project or taking a big risk, we’d be wrong. Read more…

Photographers Share About How They Overcame Their Greatest Fears

Everyone has fears, even the most successful photographers in the business. The key to overcoming those fears is to manage them rather than spending time and mental energy dwelling on them.

During Stand Out! events in Los Angeles and San Francisco, several photographer speakers were taken aside and asked about the greatest fears in their careers. The responses speak for themselves, with almost every photographer saying that one needs to ‘hustle’ and ‘take risks’ to succeed.

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7 Things Photographers Wish They Had Learned in Photography School

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Hindsight is always 20/20, which is why if you’re a photography student or about to launch your photo business, you should turn to those who have already completed the right of passage for a little first-hand, grade-A advice on how to go about the whole thing.

With experience comes great wisdom, so we asked seven professional photographers what advice they would give to the graduating class of 2015 photographers, and what they would have done differently if they had known what they know now. From business and gear advice to staying true to your inner artist, and just simply being nice – take notes, cause these nuggets of wisdom are pure gold.
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Video: Four Steps That Will Help You Approach and Take Portraits of Complete Strangers

Taking photographs of strangers can be a daunting task, especially for us more reserved photographers; however, it can also produce some of the most rewarding and impressive work. To that end, photographer Jimmy Hickey put together this informative video to help shy photographers get comfortable approaching strangers on the street.

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