No matter if you’re a total newbie or you’ve been shooting for a while, the last thing you wanna be is a copycat. Nobody likes copycats, right? But bear with me. In this video from Westcott, photographer Glyn Dewis shares some situations when copying others’ work will be good for your own photography without harming the original authors. So let’s hear what he has to say.
Here’s why you should copy other photographers’ work
Nobody likes copycats, and nobody would suggest you to copy other people’s photos. However, there are some situations when copying other photographers’ work can be a good thing. Pierre Lambert has thought of some cases when being a copycat isn’t all that bad. As a matter of fact, it can be good for your skills and career. So let’s dive in and see when it can be good to copy someone else’s work.
Have you found your inner artist?
Photographer Joshua Cripps is one of those artists whose words inspire me to think about my own work. And his latest challenge has definitely made me start thinking and re-evaluating my photography.
The challenge is this: look through the most recent photos in your portfolio and ask yourself: “are these photos the product of my unique artistic vision or could any photographer have done this?” After this question, my thoughts started unraveling. And with the same question in mind, Joshua wrote an interesting article that could also make you reevaluate your work and become even better at what you do.
Imitation and inspiration: All of Photography is a Remix
A lot of us labor to be ‘original’ in our photography— but realize, everything in photography and life is a remix:
One of the biggest benefits I had studying history was this — understanding the root and origin of a lot of ideas which I once thought were ‘original.’
For example, I remember when I started to shoot street photography, I imitated Henri Cartier-Bresson. But then a lot of people said I was ‘copying’ him — which made me feel unoriginal. But when I started to study the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson, I realized that a lot of his inspirations came from the surrealists, as well as Matisse, and the image which inspired him to start photography was a black and white photo of three boys playing by the water. Even his idea of ‘The Decisive Moment’ originated from a poem.
When The Cloud Evaporates: Copy.com is Shutting Down
The cloud has gained popularity in recent years, and is often recommended as a way to store and backup your photos, but what do you do when the service kicks the bucket?
That’s exactly what millions of users are about to find out, with Copy dropping the bomb and announcing it will be shutting down on May 1, 2016.
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