"No place is boring if you've had a good night's sleep and have a pocket full of unexposed films"
We as human sane beings are seldom open to open judgments and suggestions. But we as photographers are always welcome for the same. Not that we aren't rational or we are excited beings. Hence I decided to put down a few ideas to emphasize on a few things that every photographer, amateur or professional should definitely do.
1) Stay updated with the jargon
by Jeff Hopper
The exciting thing about technology is that you will always continue to be a novice. There will always be something which you will find beyond your existing stock of knowledge. Photography is enslaved by this continuously changing knowledge sphere and hence the technical jibber jabber also continues to take sharp turns. Hence, it is very important for a photographer to understand the language of photography to jell well with the photo circuit out there.
2) Understand and Experiment with your equipment
Just spending thousands of dollars on these expensive pieces of mind craft is not the end to photography, but it is the mere beginning. To complete the other half of the story, it is very important to understand the techniques and the functions of various operations in the equipment and beyond the mere understanding, it is important to experiment with it in order to stand out!
3) Always keep your paraphernalia updated
by Jacob Owens
There is rarely a point of stagnancy in photography. New work always shows up and old photo techniques run into obsolescence. It is always better to run ahead of time and crowd and to adapt to new gear as and when it enters the markets. If you are really passionate about this art and 'if you can afford it', then you must never shy away from exhibiting your skills through upgraded gizmos and outstanding gadgets.
There is no such thing as a pinnacle in a photographer's career. There is no ninth cloud or seventh heaven beyond which no dreams exist! A photographer, just like any other social animal should continue his/her quest for knowledge and to achieve knowledge in its purest forms, the peaceful abode of books shall always be accepted.
Please refer to the blog to know more about what to read and from where: https://www.worldphotographersclub.com/blog/ahRzfnNtb290aC1jb3BpbG90LTgwOHIkCxIEVXNlciIJdGVzdF91c2VyDAsSBEJsb2cYgICAgIKvgwoM.
5) Always appreciate other people’s work
by Donald Tong
Humility is the key to success, be it photography or life in general. There is no such rule of thumb that defines perfection and it is not always true that your work defines perfection too. There is a very fine line between ego and confidence and that shall never be crossed. When you appreciate any other artist's work, you not only win their goodwill but also take home a learning. Whereas if you chose cynicism, it might not always be fruitful and in the longer run, it will only affect your attitude towards life.
So, go out, spread smiles, with both your work and words!
6) Attend Photo festivals ‘Actively’
Attending photo festivals is a great way to learn and network with new people. The seamless opportunities are limitless and must be explored if you wish to learn something for the greater good in the future.
7) Register yourself with a photo club
by Tycho Atsma
"Birds of the same feather flock together"
And it does seem interesting and fulfilling to be in a circle of like-minded individuals. If you want to excel and perform photography to its fullest, then moving away from the crowd and moving alone might not be a good idea always. Positive peer pressure indeed has the capability of inducing positive knowledge spillovers on you and it will only benefit you in years down the lane.
8) Learn Photography
It is rather prevalent that being 'self-taught' is considered to be some sought of an achievement! However, by not pursuing any professional training in photography, we not only undermine the potentials of this field but also simultaneously present a very naive approach towards photography as a career. With the advent of the internet, physical presence in the classrooms is also not a very big problem these days, considering the fact that online courses cater to your convenience by providing you with lessons which you can comfortably understand on your rocking chair.
World Photographers Club is one such amazing website that offers you fabulous courses at affordable prices to ensure a steep learning curve for budding photographers!
9) Follow photographic pages and Photographers
It is not just about deriving inspiration but also about the technical know how in the arena and to stay updated with the fast moving trends. Follow pages like world press photo, magnum photos, Instagram handles of good photographers to stay ahead of the game. You can also subscribe to magazines and newsletters to keep in touch with your passion.
10) Respect this profession
Treat is as your spiritual being and mission. Believe that it is your passion and make a career out of it. Not everybody is daring enough to follow their dreams but those who do are highly determined and focused people who know where to invest their time and energy. If the camera is your best friend then you are in for an adventurous journey!
Written by Shivam Tiwari for WorldPhotographersClub.com
Cover Photo by Kaique Rocha