photography

A Few Bad Apples in Landscape Photography

A Few Bad Apples in Landscape Photography

I like to think the photography community is a positive one. It is filled with great people that are very passionate about art, helping others, and helping to expand it to more and more people. However, no matter how many good photographers there are that are out there, a few bad apples spoil the barrel. 

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Tall Poppy Syndrome

Tall Poppy Syndrome

There is a climb to the top that most including myself are on. Everyone is taking their own path or forging a new one and each journey is interesting to look at in hindsight. There is a concerning part though in how some are making their own way or rather bringing others down to elevate themselves.

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Professional vs Amateur Photography

Professional vs Amateur Photography

Photographers love to talk about and dream of the title of being a ‘professional photographer’. It stems from what I believe to be a pipe dream of ambition to break free from a more monotonous life. This ‘professional photographer’ that we all idolize is someone who shoots all the time, has the best images, makes a ton of money, and has all of the gear. This daydream is just as false as it is dangerous to our amateurism in photography. Plainly put, being a professional photographer isn’t all its cracked up to be. Let me explain…

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Being Picky in Photography

Being Picky in Photography

Photography is what you choose to make it. As I learned in my day job, everything you do should have a purpose behind it. If you make it your job or business there is an expectation that you photograph very specific things, and while this is important when you are making an income to make sure you “got the shot”, that isn’t the sole purpose of photography. In your personal work and during your free time you should be very picky about what you choose to make images of.

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The Philosophy of Art in Photography

The Philosophy of Art in Photography

As a photographer, it is easy to get distracted by being just creative and become a visual factory churning out pieces. The issue is that they don’t mean much and it starts to look like I am just another ‘guy with a camera’.

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I'm not just a photographer. I am an artist.

I'm not just a photographer. I am an artist.

It feels like a badge of honor to call myself a photographer. At least it used to before I thought about it more and then heard it behind defined. A photographer is, simply put someone that takes photographs. As an artist, I get to choose to create photographs and I just so happen to use a camera to do that.

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“You must have a nice camera”

“You must have a nice camera”

 It isn’t ever meant to be an insult. You are trying to say something as a compliment and the first thing you could come up with was to focus on the thing we need in order to create the images. The issue is that it comes off as off-putting and misses the point of complimenting the work in the first place!

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Work vs a Job

Work vs a Job

You have to do work at a job, but work doesn’t have to be a job. Personal work can be something you choose to do that furthers you creatively, financially, or otherwise.

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