Five Things Every Photographer . . .

Tips from a guy who has made more mistakes in photography over the last 20 years than most would like to admit.  

What every photographer has to understand before they can start producing top quality work

1) You are not me, I am not you.  So don't expect our images or experiences to even be remotely similar

2) Be prepared to fail, a lot.  It is in those failures that craft and mold a good photographer into a great one.  Remember, each failure, each missed shot and each moment makes you unique.  If you have questions as to why, refer to #1

3) Gear is only as essential as you choose to make it.  And those that focus on gear as the reason their images are not as good as someone else's with always be chasing better gear to get better images.  If you are still chasing the next piece of gear as someone else hoping that will be what it takes to get your work to the next level, refer to #2 above.

4) There is only so much reading, studying and learning that you can do.  Only so many images you can look at and so many videos you can watch.  There are only so many artists you can study and learn from.  This is a dangerous trap, while learning some of the top tips and tricks what it does is creates clones, virtual carbon copies of other photographers.  An army of individuals out in the world working to create images like their idols.  If you don't at some point make a decision to learn and think for yourself, your work will never look like your work, it will look like everyone else's work.  If you don't know why, refer to #3 above

5) Never be afraid to collaborate with other artists, and other photographers.  There is a stigma in our art that says my work is no good if I am like the guy next to me, in the same spot.  This is wrong.  We are afraid of this because we are afraid of being unoriginal, we are afraid of copies, or people taking all of our hard work away from us.  Sharing never takes this away, but instead allows you to admit that you are not alone in your pursuit.  Plus, it helps you push yourself to get better.  Without the challenge, you will continue to produce the same old images, with the same old content as everyone else.  Its not the spot or settings that produce the identical images, its the same way of thinking that does

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