Well do you? I believe that very few people actually want to be a great photographer. I should rephrase. I believe that very few people are willing to do the work to become a great photographer. Furthermore, I believe that few people have enough self-esteem to be great. Those of you who know me know that lack of self-esteem isn't my problem :) Perhaps that's why I ended up becoming a successful photographer. I had high self-esteem (the cool kids call that arrogance because they don't know the difference between thinking you're better than … [Read more...] about Do You Really Want To Be A Great Photographer?
What do the really great photographers have in common? I mean specifically. It's more than "They take great pictures." Why? What? How? What makes them great? I've analyzed this for most of the last two decades. I still don't have the complete picture - pun intended, but I'm getting closer. Here's what I think makes a great - a great. (In no particular order.) 1. They hold their mud. That's an old fashioned way of saying they stake out their ground and defend it. They own their opinions. They hold fast to their beliefs. They ignore the … [Read more...] about Five Traits of the Greats – Photographers That Is
I was working with one of my long-time students yesterday. He is becoming a great photographer. He's only been at it about four years, but he's getting there. He was reminding me that what he liked about my work, was that he could still see the fire in my eyes. He noticed that as I approach my fourth decade as a photographer, I still have the passion for it. It got me thinking about how somebody becomes a great photographer. While I am sure there are plenty of other factors, I think the primary forces behind greatness in photography, or any … [Read more...] about How to be a Great Photographer