It’s totally ok to ask for help with your work

Oct 1, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

It’s totally ok to ask for help with your work

Oct 1, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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It’s a problem that all of us face at some point or another in our creative lives. We hit a wall and we just aren’t sure what to do next. We don’t want to ask for help, because we like to think that we can solve any problem by ourselves and come up with a solution. Sometimes, though, asking for help is the best thing you can do.

Simon Cade at DSLRGuide faced this problem recently when filming at a writer’s workshop in France. He had an idea for a story in his head of what he wanted to shoot, but then his story just hit a wall partway through. He didn’t know how to continue it. He turned to the writers attending the workshop for help, and ultimately it led to him growing as a filmmaker.

When we ask others for help, especially other creatives, we’re often presented with solutions that are completely different to where we might have been going in our heads. That’s the great thing about working with other creatives, they’re full of great ideas. Ok, so we might be full of some dumb ideas, too, but even the dumb ideas might cause a spark of inspiration in somebody else that turns into something great.

Different people approach problems in very different ways. And you can learn a lot from seeking the help of other creatives.

This is one of the reasons why I like to collaborate so much in a lot of my own personal work, too. Working with others has allowed me to grow a lot more over the years than I would have if I was just working in my own insular world, trying to figure out problems just by myself. It’s allowed me to evolve my approach, and even when I am working by myself, it’s helped me tackle things from different perspectives whenever I face a creative challenge.

So, don’t be afraid to ask for help. It might just be the best thing you could ever do for your creativity.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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