One month has flown by so fast. I'm done my first month of classes. October is just around the corner. I've actually learned so much in the past month and look forward to the rest of the year. We've had some pretty awesome people come to our program and speak. My teachers are phenomenal. I'm really privileged to be under their care. I'm starting to sift through what I enjoy doing and what I know I won't do with photography.
Every week we have different photographers/editors/teachers come in to speak to us about their work as a photojournalist/photographer. They talk about how they started, what they do now, what they shoot with, advice for the upcoming photographers etc.
I don't know how many of my readers are photographers, but here are some things I've learned this past month.
- carry your camera with you all the time. all the time.
- ten years of photographing something may be equivalent to 10 seconds worth of photos (time really is of the essence)
- good things happen when you talk to people
- big logos and watermarks take away from your picture. your style/photography should speak for itself
- prime lenses are your best friends but get to know your body
- hang out with motivated and optimistic people
- elbows in when shooting.
- keep both eyes open when you shoot. you'll never know what's happening around you.
- when teachers are critiquing your photos, humbly listen and receive it. excuses don't change your photo
- don't waste your time on regret. you don't gain anything. just do better next time
- look at pictures every day
- have another THING apart from photography otherwise you'll go crazy
- put out work you believe in
- seek answers outside the classroom
- have your camera hanging off your shoulder/around your body with the LENS INWARD not outward.
- capturing the perfect moment only comes with patience
- think, think, shoot. shoot, think, think, shoot
There's so much more I'm learning as I read blogs and interviews with photographers. My brain is going to explode. I would check out this link posted by Eric Kim Photography. 35 Magnum photographers give advice to aspiring photographers. I'm also reading Image Makers Image Takers by Anne-Celine Jaeger