“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.
Some people think that talent is the decisive factor, but if you look closer…
If you have been in the business long enough, you already know that there are four basic factors that determine success in a photography career:
- technical skills
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.