Photographer James Popsys puts forth an intriguing argument. That you won’t make it as a photographer. Why? Well, because it’s impossible for anybody to really make it as a photographer. What does “make it” even mean? It’s interesting to hear James talk in this video about what he thought life would be like as a successful photographer vs. the reality of actually being a photographer who makes their income from it.
Photographer Ed Verosky admits in the opening line of this video that he’s not a creative genius. But then, very few of us are. Just coming up with something creative out of thin air isn’t easy. We need inspiration. And I’m not suggesting we copy. Just something that inspires us, gets us thinking and starts those creative juices flowing.
Different things inspire different people. What might inspire me may not inspire you, and vice versa. For me, it’s often movies and music, but I can be inspired by all sorts of things going on around me. Ed talks about what inspires him in this video. Maybe it’ll give you some ideas you hadn’t considered.
We all remember getting our first camera. That feeling you had when you first opened the box and attached the lens to the body for the first time. We shoot here, there and everywhere, often frustrating the life out of those closest to us as we continuously point our glass in their face. Then that moment comes. The moment when you have heard too many people say “you could do this for living”, for you not to act upon it.
Sometimes, you come across people that just make you go “wow” and completely rethink your whole outlook life and passion. One such person is 24 year old Indonesian photographer, Achmad Zulkarnain. Born with no legs or hands, he doesn’t let it stop him from pursuing his dreams.
Achmad, who also goes by Dzoel, doesn’t see himself as disabled. He adapts his world to suit him, designed his own car, which friends helped him to build. He shoots better photographs than many of us and does his own retouching. After falling from a cliff while trying to photograph a waterfall, his first thought was for the condition of his camera. He also plays piano.
As much as fun as it is to shoot fine art street photos, it’s also tiring sometimes. Every now and then, you just need a bit of a motivational boost to set your heart on fire again. I’ve researched 3 inspirational quotes that will skyrocket your fine art street photography today!
These insights helped me a lot throughout the years and I’m convinced they will help you as well.
Remember, these lessons are not only meant as food for thought. Rather consider them as fuel that drives your next photo walk! Immediate action is always the key to success. If you can, grab your cam afterwards and shoot at least for 2 minutes. That’s the way to go!
You don’t always have to hit the streets for 2 hours. It’s all about continuously improving your craft. Even 2 seconds is better than nothing!
If you want some tips on how to save time and improve, check this out!
Enjoy these quotes and may these mini lessons improve your fine art street photography!
I’m the first to admit that in the past, I gave far too many fudge ice cream cones what others thought of me, my photography, and my art.
There are always reasons to go watch some Simpsons or stare at Facebook. That little voice in your head will give you all of them just when it’s time to work on your photography. We disagree.
A lot of time when you start at something you feel that you suck at it. And there is a good chance that you are right. We were all beginners at one point and we all made stupid and cliche photos. Here is an interesting view on what separates the artists who break through to create significant work and the ones who stay behind.
It is the ability to be persistent at your work and keep producing work until your skills match your taste (or your vision).
Actually, having a strong vision may be just the thing that drive you to be disappointed with your initial work.
If you have not made any 2015 resolutions yet, here is an idea, complete a project each week of 2015, the volume of work will help bridge the gap between your skills and your vision.