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.
How much we edit our photos, or whether we should even do it at all, is a conversation that I see some up almost daily on social media. I say conversation, it often turns into quite the heated debate.
In this video, Sean Tucker shares some of his thoughts on the history of editing and post-processing in photography. It’s been going on since the dawn of photography, and Sean mentions many historically great photographers, like Elliot Erwitt, DFan Ho, Ansel Adams and others as examples of photographers who, pre-digital, were doing a lot of post-work.
There are plenty of things you can do to get out of the creative rut. Plenty of ways to overcome the creative block. But we often forget the simplest and the most obvious one, and it is to do nothing. Sometimes, the best way is to retreat, to take a step back from everything and just be. In this amazingly inspiring video, Sean Tucker discusses why retreat can sometimes be the best thing you can do for your creativity.
Ethics and law in street photography is something that can create a lot of confusion and debate in the community. No matter how well you know the law, you’ll often come upon situations that will be new to you. Also, not everything is black and white in street photography: sometimes even lawful things can still be unethical. To help you answer the most common questions on the law and ethics in street photography, Sean Tucker has filmed yet another fantastic video. He interviewed Nick Dunmur, a member of the legal team at the Association of Photographers (AOP), who will help you deal with anything that might be baffling you.
Artists are often known for having a “big ego.” But is it necessarily a bad thing? In this fantastic video, Sean Tucker discusses what it actually means to have an ego and how it can be essential for us as artists. He talks about ego’s positive and negative sides, and how important it is to balance them.
Every form of art requires constant improving and learning new things, and photography is no exception. But improving as a photographer doesn’t only mean learning about this field. As a matter of fact, it often has nothing to do with photography.
In this inspirational video, Sean Tucker discusses why lifelong learning will make you a better photographer. What’s more, he gives some advice on how to constantly learn and suggests many fantastic resources you will surely find useful, both as a photographer and as someone who’s hungry for knowledge.
In tricky lighting situations, most photographers expose for the highlights to prevent them from getting blown out. But this can create dark shadows which sometimes don’t preserve enough detail. What to do with them? Should you brighten them up in post? According to Sean Tucker, you shouldn’t. Instead, just embrace them and use them to your advantage. In this highly inspirational video, Sean discusses how to do it, and why this advice goes for both photography and life.
When we start learning something, many of us want to become good at it as soon as possible. And more often than not, not seeing the results soon makes us give it all up. It’s just frustrating when you don’t see the effort pay off immediately. In this fantastic, inspirational video, Sean Tucker talks about time: why you need it to master photography (or anything else). And if you’re currently not where you thought you’d be with your work, make sure to watch this.