If you’ve ever wondered which of the US states is home to the most photographers, your question has now been answered. Stock photo website 123RF recently conducted a study revealing that it’s Hawaii. While it may sound surprising, this state has the most photographers per 100,000 people, which makes it the US state with the most photographers per capita.
Sooner or later during our photographic journey, most of us feel stuck and as if we’re not going anywhere. It feels like we’re not making any progress and that nothing we do makes us better at photography. Sounds familiar?
Pete Coco gives you five reasons why progress just doesn’t seem to happen for you. And in my opinion, these are hard pills to swallow but they’re necessary for our “recovery.” Pete relies on his own experiences and shares some tips on how to overcome these obstacles and become better at photography.
No, we weren’t going to photograph the Pier (everyone does that) and when I suggested doing the sunset from the top of the nearby hotel, she said no. “All we would get is a shot of the parking lot,” she said.
Instead, we walked left from the pier, about a mile, and ended up at a butterfly preserve that happened to have really nice trees. A spot she knew, but I didn’t. From this vantage point, we would photograph the sunset that way, through the branches.
And yes, the shot was amazing.
The photographer logo or wordmark is the foundation of your visual identity — the visual representation of your company’s brand and core values. A logo can drive the look and feel of all your marketing materials. After all, it appears anywhere your business name appears.
In this day and age, most of us share our photos online on various platforms. Most of us use Instagram, some can’t get over Flickr (yup, that would be me), and we have and all sorts of online portfolios. Somewhere along the way, the number of views, comments, and likes became one of the measures of our success.
But do we really need to have our work seen to be considered great photographers? Does the number of likes really determine how good we are? Alex of The Photographic Eye talks about this in his recent video and reminds you why it’s important to enjoy the process and believe in yourself regardless of anyone else.
Fashion accessory brand HEX has released a mini-series that focuses on women photographers. Appropriately titled Women in Focus, the series highlights five female creatives who talk about the challenges and successes of being a woman in a predominantly male profession. And for all the ladies out there, these five great women also offer some advice on navigating the photography space as a woman.
In both our life and our creative journey we’ll deal with all sorts of challenges, obstacles, and questions. But both of them could come down basically to two phases: “the morning” and “the afternoon.” Building upon Carl. G. Jung’s theory, Sean Tucker explains how our creative journey can be divided into these two phases and why it’s important to recognize and enjoy both of them.
If you care about your work and clients, it’s normal that you care about many things related to your job. Obsess about them, even. But still, there are some things you shouldn’t really care about. In this video, Scott Choucino gives you four things you should stop caring about because your clients don’t either.
Let’s face it – we all make excuses. I admit, when I don’t feel like doing something, I’m a champion of procrastinating and making excuses. However, this can cost us a lot in the long run and it can interfere with our success in every field, and photography is not an exception. In this video, Ted Forbes goes through five common excuses photographers make that keep them from becoming successful in their business. You may recognize yourself in some of them, but Ted also gives you some tips on how to turn them around.
Have you seen those “Bingo cards” going around Instagram lately. I’ve done one for readers, one for travelers, and Brandon Woelfel now made one for photographers. It contains all those terrible things we’ve done and those that have happened to us, but there are some cool ones too. In this hilarious video, Jessica Kobeissi goes through the Bingo card, “confessing all the terrible things she’s done as a photographer.” Follow along and see if you’ve done them too.