This quote by Henri Cartier-Bresson resonates with me.
I hope that we don’t ever see the day when ready-made photo system, which guarantees good photographic compostions in advance, go on the market. -Henri Cartier-Bresson - ”American Photo”, September/October 1997, page: 76
Unfortunately, I think that’s what many cameras have attempted to become today.
Auto-exposure, auto-focus, face-detection the list of auto features [...]
Look no further than yourself.
The only thing you can depend on is your approval of your work.
You can’t depend on other people approving of your work.
Your approval comes first.
Approval from others is extra.
If you’re looking for approval from others, you’ll never find your own way as a photographer.
Find your own way as a photographer..
The perfect photograph doesn’t exist because perfection doesn’t exist.
Your best photographs are your best photographs, but are they perfect?
Perfection is a perception and since your perception changes so does your idea of perfection.
Don’t waste your time chasing perfection.
Spend your time becoming a better photographer so you can do the best work that you possibly can.
Become a better photographer.
Talent is not enough.
Not only do you need talent you need a good understanding of the business of photography and a strong work ethic.
Your talent is what distinguishes you from every other photographer out there.
A good understanding of the business of photography will help you make good decisions when it comes to pricing your time, services and photography.
A strong [...]
“What do I think of my work?”
Answer it truthfully.
Your photography depends on it.
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If you think that technology will help you be a better photographer then you’ve given control over your photography to the people that want to sell you equipment.
More megapixels, more features, more gadgets, more this, more that.
The people who want to sell you equipment want you to think that there’s always something more in the technology and gadget department to help [...]
Until you press the shutter release to make an exposure you are a deciding photographer.
When you press the shutter release to make an exposure you are a decisive photographer.
If you are unsure of yourself and continue to make decisions, your pictures are produced from a place of uncertainty. Your work can become diluted if you [...]
Photography Tips From A Photography Teacher That Are Intended To Help You To Be A Better Photographer
Being a Better Photographer is an area of the Sam D’Amico Photography website.
The content of Being A Better Photographer mainly consists of short posts inspired by conversations during his photography classes. The posts are intended to get you thinking [...]
Who cares about your photography?
I’m not sure.
I am sure of this though, if you don’t care enough about your photography to give it all you’ve got, no one else will care about your photography.
Your work has to show that you care.
Don’t concern yourself with equipment.
Don’t concern yourself with how much you know.
Don’t concern yourself with what other people will think of your work.
Don’t concern yourself with anything except making the picture.
Being a photographer is about making photographs.
Do the best you can with whatever camera you have and learn all you can about craft.
Art is vague because art is subjective and is in the eye of the beholder.
I think to identify oneself as an artist is equally vague.
Art involves subjective judgement.
Craft is distinct and identifiable.
You can, with clarity and certainty, identify yourself as a craftsperson.
Craft involves skillful application of technique.
If you are skillful in your craft you are more likely to produce work that someone may judge as art.
Don’t worry about [...]
Are you authentic when it comes to your work or are you a hack?
In the book, The War Of Art, Stephen Pressfield, defines a hack in the following manner
“The hack condescends to his audience. He thinks he’s superior to them. The truth is, he’s scared to death of them… scared of being authentic in front of them… [...]
When I judged a photography contest yesterday, I felt that I may have fell short of some expectations.
It was a themed contest titled “A Different Point Of View”.
I have my idea of what “A Different Point Of View” means and the people that I disappointed have a different point of view of what “A Different [...]
When you start to learn photography you also start to learn how to work your camera.
You get caught up in learning how to use your camera to create a photograph.
You pay attention to camera operation and equipment
At this point you are camera centric.
While it’s important be camera centric for a period of time, there comes a time when being camera centric [...]
This is a follow up post to last weeks entry titled A Photographers Raw Material .
A photographer’s raw material is light. You can’t touch it with your hands. You can’t smell it with your nose. You can’t taste it with your tongue, You can’t hear it with your ears.
You can see light with your eyes and [...]
Is it having a good eye? No
Is it having a good camera? No.
Is it having excellent skills? No again.
While all of the above are helpful, what makes a photographer a profesional is their attitude toward their work.
A photographer who treats photography as a vocation, and not as an avocation, is a professional.
When your attitude shifts so [...]
As a photographer, what’s the raw material that you work with?
A potter works with clay as their raw material.
A carpenter works with wood as their raw material.
A chef works with food as their raw material.
The question is: A photographer works with___?__ as their raw material.
Fill in the blank by leaving a reply below as your answer.