“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.
Sometimes the phone rings and someone asks you to go photograph a floor. Sometimes they will even agree to pay you a pretty decent chunk of change to go do it.
No models, no makeup, no wardrobe, no lighting – just a floor.
My first reaction is usually something like “I’m not a floor photographer.”
But then I remember that people who own big buildings with floors often have money, and I figure income is better than no income, so I agree to go photograph a floor.
Which brings me to the question: Why would anyone go out of their way to find a floor photographer and pay them a healthy sum of money to go out and take what I consider to be natural light snapshots of a floor?
The answer is that as photographers, we have developed some considerable talents that many of us take for granted on a regular basis.