Posts Tagged ‘advice’

The 52 Week Photography and Business Challenge

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Remember when I wrote “Dear New Photographer…” a few months ago? One of the big points I emphasized was valuing your photography and business skills.

Every year, on New Year’s Day, the Internet is swarming with shiny new 52 Week Projects or 365 Week Projects directed specifically to photographers. And don’t get me wrong — I love these projects! The idea behind them is to get people shooting more, and shooting more outside their own comfort zone.
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10 Photography Resolutions for the New Year

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I love New Year’s. Halloween, Christmas and National Cat Day (obviously) are high on my list too, but New Year’s holds a special weight for me. It’s the resolutions that I’m so addicted to.

I love making them. I love hearing them. The idea of a clean slate, filled in with good intentions and exciting possibilities just makes me bubble with anticipation. Yes, I realize I sound like a delirious 12-year old, but my entire personality is a bit like a delirious 12-year old…plus the New Year is here and I’m all sorts of giddy!
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Tell Your Subjects to Say ‘Cheeks’ Instead of ‘Cheese’ for a More Genuine Smile

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The next time you’re taking a group snapshot, cut the “cheese” and tell everyone to say “cheeks” instead. This two letter change can help create more genuine smiles on the faces in your shot.
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How to Harness Your Fear to Become a More Confident Street Photographer

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Street photography is one of the most difficult forms of photography out there. Not only do you have to rapidly compose, frame, and approach strangers, but you have to do so with the risk of “injury.” They might injure you verbally (threaten to break your camera, give you a dirty look and call you a creep, or curse at you) or they might injure you physically (try to grab your camera, hit you, shove you, etc).
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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:

“I think being a full-time photographer is overrated.” Read more…