His five main points were:
- Define what type of photographer you want to be.
- Study great photographers
- Take courses, read books, 365 will not make you a better photographer.
- Portfolio of best work-24 images of each genre. Could do on Google plus, Square Space for displaying or 500px. Each time you add one you must take one off.
- Learn to take sharp photos and sharpen in photo shop
A few days later I watched another video by Scott, Crush the Composition. One point that stuck with me was; study photographs you like and write down what you like to find patterns and what to d o with your own photographs. This will fit in well with point #2 above.
So, starting with point 1 tonight. What type of photographer do I want to be.
Hmm, well my first love is macro with a particular emphasis on nature. When it comes to flowers I want to focus more on showing the beauty of them past their prime. Running a close second is nature-birds, waterfalls all the typical things.
I want to try being a baby/child photographer. This will be my biggest learning curve beginning this year.
I have to admit I enjoyed taking the enjoyed taking engagement photos of my son and future daughter in law. It was a family affair. I might add that someday down the road but I have no interest in weddings and most people might want the same person. So maybe senior portraits might be a fun addition some day.
I also want to be a photographer for teachers/students. I want to continue putting my photos out there with a CC license that allows others to use my work free of charge.
Volunteering my photography skills is also an important part of who I am as a photographer. Currently I do photography for my school, Habitat for Humanity, The Ride for Missing Children and Help Portrait.
So, when I start setting up a portfolio I will include; macro, nature, kids, and maybe some shots from volunteer work.
Now, onto step 2. I need some help on this one. Who are your favorite photographers?? Please share. I think I'll begin by going to 500px and browsing there.
Oh, by the way. I found his comment about 365 projects not making you a better photographer very liberating. I loved it the two years I was really into it and I would argue that it did make me a better photographer because I was shooting everyday and I cared about what I posted. But now my interest isn't there and I'm going to quit trying to force it. :)