What if you had the same camera, lighting and subject matter as everyone else. A groundhog day for a photographer so to speak. If we all have the same gear what would make you different? “Imagine you had no way of visually showing someone any of your work, and they ask you to describe what you’re about, not your genre, but what is the essence of what you’re trying to achieve?” This quote from Katy Niker is something we should all think about and consider when pressing the shutter button. What is it that you’re trying to achieve beyond visuals?
All photographers have gone through awkward and unpleasant situations throughout their career. And I believe we all have some of the sentences we find especially annoying when we hear them from clients, friends or even family members. Mathieu Stern asked his Instagram followers what are the worst things someone can say to a photographer? And in this fun short video, he shares the answers he got.
Sight is very important to me. It’s one of my senses that I don’t think I could ever do without. A musician might fear going deaf, but I could live with that. I’d rather not have to but if it came down to losing my hearing or losing my vision, I’d take being deaf. That’s just me. As I’m getting older, I know that one of the inevitable symptoms of old age is a degradation of vision. This also scares me. So much of what I enjoy in life, such as photography, is dependant on having healthy eyes. That is why with all the time I spend processing photos or glued to social media on my phone, I make sure to exercise my eyes at least once every day. Here are some of the exercises I do to keep my eyes as healthy as possible.
It goes without saying that there are many genres of photography and many kinds of photographers. In this amusing video, Antti Karppinen tries to demonstrate what some of them act like. He focused on displaying 30 different types of photographers and the ways they look while taking photos. So, let’s see, can you recognize yourself?
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.
We all make mistakes, and that’s fine because we can learn something from them. In this fun video, Tony and Chelsea Northrup talk about some common blunders that have most likely happened to all photographers, no matter if they’re newbies or pros. In this video, you won’t hear about common lighting, composition, or editing mistakes. It’s about those silly mistakes we all make from time to time, which can be funny, but sometimes also pretty frustrating. How many of them have happened to you?
If you’re trying to make a career as a photographer, you know that the road to success is not straight. There can be many photographers more successful than you, and comparing yourself to them can sometimes make you feel frustrated. Don Giannatti shares seven common assumptions we make about professional photographers, but also about our own work. These assumptions can make us see ourselves as we’re not good enough. Because of this, Giannatti explains why we should stop assuming and change our mindset, so we can achieve success of our own.
“Genius is 1% talent and 99% percent hard work.” Does this mean you can become a great photographer even if you don’t consider yourself talented? Yes, you can. Photographer Manny Ortiz firmly believes this and shares some tips to help you become a great photographer, no matter how (un)talented you may be.
It’s not surprising when camera companies hire photographers to pitch their products. But photographers have also been enlisted to sell other types of products; the result of Madison Avenue trying to romanticize the occupation, even though the reality often fails to meet the expectation. Nowadays photographers are more likely to spend the majority of their time sitting at a desk in post processing, or trying to collect on invoices that are 6 months past due.
Nevertheless, we’ve seen a number of companies in a variety of industries employ photographers in their ad campaigns in the past few years, spanning the gamut from the old living icons to the newest generation of light chasers.