Sticking to one or two genres and specializing in them is not a bad thing. But are we going a bit too far with it? Are we putting ourselves into boxes and worse: allow other people force us stay in them? In this fantastic video, Sean Tucker reminds you why you should get out of the box, ignore the genres and “labelmakers” and just shoot what makes you happy. If you need a pep talk today, this video is a must-watch.
We all have the voice of the inner critic within us. Sometimes it whispers, sometimes it shouts, but it always affects our work.
The crew from Canon Australia’s The Lab has created an experiment to see how photographers cope with the voice that constantly criticizes them. It shows what it’s like to work under this kind of pressure, and it can help you deal with the times when your own inner critic becomes too loud.
I’ve always said that if you don’t have haters, you’re doing it wrong. Inevitably, if you’re trying to push and improve yourself or tell a story, somebody’s just not going to get it. Or, even like it. And that’s just fine. But what do you do when they actually confront you about it? Especially in a room filled with other people?
Well, the short answer is to understand their position and accept it. Don’t take it personally and realise that everybody’s going to have their own opinions. The slightly longer answer is this 5 minute video from filmmaker Kevin Smith.