“Imitation is not just the sincerest form of flattering, it’s the sincerest form of learning” – G. B. Shaw. This is one of the quotes that open Sean Tucker’s latest video, and I find it to be a perfect description of the importance of imitation. Imitating other artists is an essential process of learning and growing. We’ve all done it, and maybe we still do. But when is it time to stop? In this video, Sean discusses imitation and its importance, but also innovation and the time when it should take over.
Whether or not to turn your passion into a profession is a very tough decision in my book. I have my reasons why I haven’t done it, but there are still plenty of reasons to turn your photography hobby into your job. Have you decided to do it? Awesome! Now it’s time for another tough part: finding your clients and setting the prices. Sean Tucker has made an inspiring and informative video that will help you on this journey, and it’s a must-watch if you’re just starting out your career as a professional photographer.
Many of us have considered turning our artistic passion into a profession. Many of you may still be having second thoughts about it. If this is the case, then this video from Sean Tucker is a must-watch. In this very inspiring and honest video, Sean tells you why you should, but also why you shouldn’t, turn your photography into your career.
There are plenty of photographer who have started a YouTube channel. Ever since the coronavirus had us all locked inside, it seems that even more creatives have turned to YouTube. They share their knowledge, create all kinds of content, and try to make a living (or at least some additional income) out of it. But this journey is far from being easy. In this video, Sean Tucker shares some of his valuable insights after four years on the platform. It will be useful for all of you who have just started or think of staring a YouTube channel.
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.
For anybody who shoots videos, especially on their own, shooting b-roll can be a bit of a pain. You have to have it, though, really, to stop your video just becoming some kind of long monologue. It’s the supplemental footage that shows what you’re actually talking about, or just provides context for what’s going on or the topic at hand.
It’s something Sean Tucker knows all too well, having gone out in the past carrying far too much gear in order to shoot it and ultimately using very little of it. In this video, he talks about going back to the bare minimum to shoot his b-roll with just a Sony A7III and a Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 lens.
Most of us have used Gradient Maps in Photoshop at some point. Most commonly to aid in black and white conversions. They offer a lot of control and power for black and white conversions and lets us get some nice contrast and done that there regular Black & White adjustment layer doesn’t.
But did you know that you can use it to change the colour of just about anything you want in Photoshop? Taking a break from the more philosophical videos he’s been posting lately, Sean Tucker has released a tutorial on how he uses Gradient Maps to recolour elements of photographs – and it’s let me see the tool in a whole new light.
The older I get, the less time I seem to have for photography. Ever since I finished college and moved out of my family home, “grown-up life” has taken over: work, everyday chores, relationships, other hobbies… Does it sound familiar? Do you also struggle to fit photography into your busy everyday schedule? If you do, Sean Tucker and Mo Barzegar have just the video for you. In it, they give you some tips for adding more photography to your everyday life, no matter how busy you are.
Anyone who has ever posted their work online has faced criticism. Sadly, most of us more often deal with trolling and negativity than we do with constructive criticism. Dealing with online trolls and useless negative comments can be incredibly discouraging and stressful. It can even make you stop sharing your work. But before you get discouraged, watch this amazing video by Sean Tucker. It will help you distinguish between constructive and “armchair” criticism, and teach you how to successfully deal with trolls.
Instagram is just a fact of life for many photographers these days. We all have our various reasons for posting and a lot of us have become disappointed and disheartened with the results it has brought (or hasn’t brought) in return for the amount of time we spend on there. But are we approaching things all wrong?
This video from Sean Tucker came out a little while ago now, but what he says holds true now as much as it ever did. In it, he talks a lot of sense and “straight talk” for photographers who want to make Instagram work for them – and not the other way around.