Finding a specific niche is one of the things you should do if you want to be a professional photographer. But it’s not as straightforward as it sounds. In this video, Scott Choucino discusses why photographers should find their niche and how it will affect their business. But what’s also important – he shares some advice on how to do it.
Over the years, we’ve featured many great photographers here on DIYP and we’ve heard plenty of great advice from them. At a recent Sony Kando trip, Taylor Jackson met 29 of his (and ours) favorite photographers and YouTubers. In this video, he brought them all together and had each of them share a piece of photography advice. So, he ended up with a valuable collection of tips for both aspiring and experienced photographers.
We were all beginners once, and it was only after a few years’ experience that we noticed some mistakes we made back then. This is why the older and experienced version of Matthew Vandeputte created this video for his younger self, a beginner in timelapse photography. These ten tips come from years of experience, and if you are new to timelapse photography, this video is for you.
If you read the title you are probably thinking what the hell is this douche on about. This sounds like some new age bulls***. Well, welcome aboard the new age bull**** train! I’ve decided I am going to write some smaller personal articles on self-development, mindset, and routines. It’s not always easy working in this industry, and sometimes it’s nice to know we share our struggles, and experiences with thousands of other creatives…..we just don’t hear about them.[Read More…]
This week I wanted to touch on the subject of failure. Mistakes and times when everything just seems to go wrong. Is it possible to avoid them? Is it possible to stay positive and move forwards? Are they useful?
I managed to make a few mistakes last year that I wanted to share with you guys to show you that we all mess up and from that, lessons can be learned.
- Misjudged my network
- Forgot gear for a shoot
- Failed to establish a clear goal for a shoot
The first one was a devastating blow to my frame of mind. In essence, I’d fallen into a place where I was connected with a few people who had very different goals and expectancy than myself.
It ended in mass confusion, a lot of hurt and losing both business and personal connections for potentially a lifetime. This was one of those times where I felt like the journey itself was completely outside of my control and I was simply in it for the ride.
‘Please I need your help fast.’ Gosh, that’s a fairly desperate title for an email. Normally I’d delete that sort of missive as being a scam, but as it came through the Photocritic helpdesk the chances were that a student might’ve been a little overwrought.
It turns out that the email wasn’t from a student, although the sender could probably benefit from signing up for the school. And without wishing to belittle the sender, if you can wade through the hyperbole of desperation, it’s probably worth unpicking. I think there’s a great deal woven into the letter that people wanting to seek advice can learn from it.
I’ve redacted the sender’s name, but otherwise this is the email as I received it:
One of the most prestigious accolades any photographer can obtain is to be the recipient of the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Awarded annually for 90 years, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation gives the honor of the Fellowship to ‘men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.’
After this year’s recipients were chosen, photography site ONWARD took some time to interview each of them, asking what it is that makes their photography projects come to life. Below we’ve taken one quote from each of the interviews and created a little synopsis of advice from some of this year’s most talented storytellers.[Read More…]