The soul of an image is not always visible in what the viewer sees, but lives in what the photographer experienced.Uneducated eyes are often all too quick to criticize a black and white image by Henri Cartier-Bresson, without taking into account what he had to create with, and the cutting edge that his work represented in the early 1900’s. In a way, the arts have led technology and often the two support one another in modernization. For me, the realization of this has grown stronger when I began using the new Surface Pro from Microsoft.
In this article, I discuss some of the different things that I’ve personally decided are bad ideas as an artist. Let’s dive in.
1.Steal Other Photographers Work
To some of you, this might seem obvious, however, when you’re starting out you might hear the advice “fake it till’ you make it,” or see another photographer who uses photos that aren’t their own to make money.
This is a bad idea on multiple levels and isn’t just a problem with amateurs. Award winning photographer Souvid Datta just recently got caught doctoring and appropriating photos. We’ll get to the doctoring part in a minute, but it goes to show that not even the most successful and well-established reputations can get away with this. Here’s the punchline; people will figure you out. How many times can you show a client an amazing portfolio, only to deliver mediocre work before the reviews start coming in and the conversation starts happening behind your back. Once your reputation is damaged and you are seen as a fraud, its extremely difficult to recover, and there is a high likelihood it will be game over for you.
Have you heard that claim that photographers can be divided into two groups: there are either the artistic ones or those obsessed with gear? I sometimes feel like it’s true, and I joke with friends that boys mostly obsess about gear, and girls are more artistic. But is all this really true? Can we divide photographers into these two categories with a sharp line between? And if you belong to one group, does this mean you’re excluded from the other? I wanted to go into depth on this, and I’d like to hear your thoughts as well.
News Corp Australia is experiencing a severe wave of job cuts. One of Australia’s largest media companies is trying to make up for the financial losses, and photographers and subeditors are first under the impact.
This media company owns over 100 newspapers. These include The Daily Telegraph, the Herald Sun and the Courier-Mail – which alone will experience 45 job cuts. Together with the other publications, they will have photographers made redundant. But also, they will undergo the restructuring of the business.
Everyone is a photographer, and that includes celebrities. But some celebrities take their photography more seriously than others, investing both significant time and money into developing their craft. Here’s a small sampling.
If you work as a photojournalist, this may come as encouraging news. According to a source close to the New York Times, the paper will be paying their photographers a day rate that’s more than double from the one they’re currently paying.
We’ve seen the increasing importance of images in the New York Times over the years. And if the rumors are true, it seems that the paper’s photojournalists will be rewarded for the impact they make and the job they do.
We all make mistakes and learn from them. And we’ve often been pointed out the ones we make as photographers. But in their latest podcast, Tony & Chelsea Northrup point out to 7 mistakes you may not have thought about, and you have probably made at least one of them. Maybe you still do.
Listening to this episode was the best spent half an hour today. It’s not a typical “how to avoid these mistakes in photography” video. It goes well beyond gear, post-processing and settings. It’s deep, intelligent and focuses on things we often oversee, but we’ve most certainly done at some point. And it’s definitely well worth 28 minutes of your time.
Don’t you have the feeling that nowadays almost everyone is taking photos? Not even that long ago, photography was much more exclusive. Despite the wide-spread use of point-and-shoot cameras, very few people were able to properly take photographs. That’s why photography was and still is a profession in demand. However, if you are interested in selling your photographs, how can you convince someone to buy yours or simply “follow” you as a photographer? It almost seems impossible given that 2.6 Billion people worldwide use a smartphone by now. Almost all of them take snapshots of their life, food, hobbies and basically anything that touches their hearts. Some take it for themselves and their family and friends, others share it with the world.
Do you observe fellow photographers as competition, or as friends? Are they a pain in the neck, or a valuable source of knowledge and inspiration? And how do you take criticism from other photographers? These are some of the topics I have been thinking about lately. Seeing and publishing my fair share of photos, information and comments got me thinking – why am I grateful to other photographers? And surprisingly, not only positive points came to mind. There are some things that are pretty negative, yet I am grateful for them. These are some of them, and let’s see if you agree.
If you like listening high-quality podcast about photography, there’s a real treat for you on RGGEDU. Gary Martin and Rob Grimm talk with some of the most talented and famous photographers of today. There will be four seasons in total, and Season 1 is ready for free download or streaming.
Rob and Gary sat down to chat with some of the creatives advancing the photography industry to discuss how they got to where they are now. In the first season, you can hear thoughts, experiences, and tips from eight photographers: Dani Diamond, Alastair Jolly, Jose Rosado, Ken Kaminesky, Rob Timko (NSFW), Aaron Nace, Renee Robyn, and Jake Hicks. That’s only the first season, there are three more to come and some more names are announced for Season 2.