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Jim Goldstein Offers Invaluable Advice for Novice Photographers


The question, “how can I take better photographs” never goes away for the photographer who is constantly looking to improve and evolve, no matter how many years they’ve been doing it. But this question is particularly difficult to answer for beginners who don’t yet have the foundation that years of looking through a viewfinder offers.

Thankfully for those people, there are professionals like Jim Goldstein who don’t mind condensing years worth of experience into useful tips and advice.

The video above is an interview published about a month ago by Marc Silber of Silber Studios, and in it, the San Francisco-based photographer talks about his struggles when he first picked up the camera and offers advice to people who are still in that phase where nothing seems to be turning out.

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Condensing such great advice further is doing it an injustice, so definitely check out the video or at least carve out some time to do so this weekend, but if you absolutely must have a TL;DW, it would go like this: Never Give Up.

It might be cliché and you may have heard it 100 times over, but it never hurts to hear it from people who spent months and years struggling to improve, and credit their success to sheer persistence. Go out and practice, learn to be versatile, and spend as much time as you can honing your craft.

For more on that, check out the video at the top. And, if you’re feeling so inclined, we’d love it if some of the more experienced photographers in our readership would drop some advice of their own in the comments down below. What would you like to add to what Jim shared?

(via PictureCorrect)