As photographers we are asked to get paid in exposure instead of money like most other professionals because people don’t seem to value our craft because all we do is press a tiny button and the camera does all the work. We post our photos on Instagram, Twitter and other portfolio sites like 500px or Flickr in hopes of attracting clients that like to pay with money not exposure. And while we scroll through other feeds and profiles we often seen how work posted on other sites and profiles without giving credit. Just because we post our work doesn’t mean someone can steal it, repost it and not credit the photographer.
Raise your hand if you’re a photographer. Raise your hand if you want to make $100k as photographer this year. Sounds easy enough right? All you have to do it follow these steps and you’re making 6 figures a year as a photographer.
Everywhere you look there are photographers trying to sell you their Photoshop Actions or Lightroom Presets. They show you how bad a photo was and how their action or preset made it come to life. It was so convincing you ended up buying actions and presets from them, but for some reason your photos never looked as great as the ones these photographers showed you. Do you ever wonder why that was?
I have Impostor Syndrome. Impostor Syndrome is defined as a psychological pattern in which one doubts one’s accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a “fraud”. That definitely sums up how I feel some times. Crazy right?
It happens every year, usually right after Thanksgiving. You start a list of what to get friends and family, but you always come up with a blank for that photographer in your life. After all you’re not a photographer and you don’t know what the best holiday gifts for photographers would be. Lucky for you I’ve compiled a list of some of the best holiday gifts for photographers.
I consider myself an avid reader. I’ll read maybe 20 or so books a year. I rather read more, but sometimes life and time get in the way. During my foray into photography I’ve read countless books on how to do this and how to shoot that. In all the books I read these 5 books made me a better photographer and I’m grateful for it.
Have you ever head that voice in your head tell you that you’re not good enough or you idea isn’t going to work? That is your self doubt talking to you and self doubt is your worst enemy. No one is impervious to it’s destructive ways, but you don’t have to let it hold you back in life.
I’m someone who firmly believes in the importance of a good tripod and ball head in photography. I also do recognize that you can’t use a tripod in a lot of places such as New York City or in pedestrian heavy locations. That was a dilemma I was having until I discovered the Platypod mini tripod. Two words for, game changer.
For a while I was trying different bags and harnesses trying to find something that would work for me as a wedding and sports photographer. I had all but given up hope trying to find something to make my shooting days easier on my back and shoulders and that was when I was introduced to the SpiderPro camera holster by Spider Holster. It revolutionized the way I photographed weddings and sporting events.