When you think of a photography genius, who comes to your mind first? Do you think you can reach his or her level of brilliance? Well, according to an encouraging video from The School of Life: you can. We are taught to admire the ideas, minds, and works of geniuses. We are also taught to believe their thought process is mysterious and beyond our reach. However – it isn’t as complicated as it seems. What’s more, you are most likely a genius, too.
I would like to find who originally coined that phrase, get in a time machine, go back in time to when he/she was a tiny baby, and take them to an island to be raised by wolves so this sentiment would never make it into the world.
Because as nice as it sounds, it’s simply not true.
When you carry a camera and take photos, awkward moments are inevitable from time to time. Whether you’re a hobbyist or a pro, the camera seems to simply attract all kinds of weird situations. But, some of them repeat themselves more often than the others. I’ve been into photography for about ten years, and these are some of the situations I’ve had plenty of times, and I think I always will.
These aren’t the “big questions” that make me feel uneasy and require serious explanations and answers. They’re just everyday situations that make me feel awkward, and they are often pretty funny. For some of them, I have the universal solution ready, to make the awkward moment last as short as possible. But sometimes, I just stand there and feel strange. Do these things happen to you, too?
Over the years I’ve joked frequently with my best friend Marc and my brother about things that are cocky in life. We sort of have this ongoing dialog pointing out cocky things and cocky people in the world, which is pretty cocky of us. They’ve given me a lot of shit since I became a photographer a decade ago pointing out how cocky our industry is and poking fun at me for my share of cocky moments like having an army of scarfs, our bio picture, and much much more. Typically you think of athletes or celebrities as being cocky, and of course chefs, but don’t discount photographers.
I figured it was about time to address these cocky aspects of photography. Of course, there are always exceptions to the rules so I’ve pointed them out. If I offend you here please don’t take me serious, I’m just a silly dude saying silly things. If you are guilty of 3 or more of these things, consider yourself cocky.
So, without further ado, here is the 2017 cocky list:
Fidget spinners have definitely made a breakthrough overnight. Now that every single child (and even some adults) around me play with it, I am still wondering – what on Earth does that thing even do except for spinning? Sure, it’s supposed to help you focus and/or relieve stress, but does it have any other application?
Well, as a practical girl, I decided to try and give fidget spinner a purpose in my own playground – photography. So I bought one, played with it, and here’s what I came up with.
“Everyone’s a photographer nowadays.” How many times have you heard this phrase? This video from Erik Wahlstrom addresses it, and deals with one question I’ve been thinking a lot – in this era when photography’s so available, what makes a photographer? If “everyone is a photographer,” is anyone?
This question has been on my mind a lot, and I never came up with a straightforward answer. I’m sure I’m a person some photographers would scoff at and say the phrase above. On the other hand, I think the same for some camera owners who present themselves as photographers. Everyone’s taking photos today, that’s for sure. But who, among all these people, can call themselves a photographer?
If you are a beginner photographer, everything may seem overwhelming, as there’s a lot to learn at once. But there are still some things tutorials or course books won’t teach you, and photographer Toma Bonciu has created a list of seven lessons like this.
These are the things you need to know before you start the wonderful journey of photography. They aren’t the tips about gear, composition and the like. They are useful and essential advice to prepare you for the process of learning and growing as a photographer.
Professional photographers get all kinds of weird requests during their career. And just when you think you’ve heard everything, someone asks for a refund in case they get divorced.
Yup, you read it right. A couple asked a photographer if he could add a clause that guarantees a refund in case they get divorced. A Reddit user justinwheelon shared a screenshot of this message online, and it caused plenty of reactions within the community.
“You’re never too old for fairy tales.” Led by this thought, photographer Savannah Kate Morgan turns all our favorite fairy tales into gorgeous images. She recreates the tales using her camera, Photoshop skills, and lots of imagination. Scenes from Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Alice in Wonderland – they are only some you will see eternalized in these dreamy photos. And even if you haven’t read a fairytale or seen a Disney movie in a while – these photos will remind you of childhood, at least for a moment.
How creative can you become as a photographer?
Are you pushing your limits or not even close to reaching them? When I read Steven Covey’s Book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, I wondered what those habits might be for us photographers. Effectiveness is important in photography, but given its artistic nature it’s all about creativity in the end.
Creativity is a sport. Everyone starts out in the Little League, some make it to the Major League and others end up in the Champions League. But what is it that raises your game? If you want extremely great photographs, you have to be willing to make it an extreme sport!
Luckily, a few tweaks here and there will already make your photos much more creative. No matter how far you want to take it, these 7 habits will pave your way.