Industry Lessons I Learned the Hard Way

Since DeviantART’s journal system is a bit archaic to use, I thought of reposting some of my old entries into this new blog, and updated the words a little bit. 

You’re just as good as your imagination takes you.

Photography should be the last thing you’re studying.

What’s the point of technique if you don’t know how to use it? We’re too caught up with “photography” that we fail to study the subject we’re supposed to be photographing in the first place. Knowing more about the genre breathes more soul in an image. Our subjects dictate the theories we’re supposed to learn and in turn learn how to photograph them properly. 

The longer I’ve been shooting for a living, the more I had to get out of it, and bring in something new. 

Old school is the best school.

As much as technology has made it convenient for us to take photos, a good number of the younger photographers take it for granted. They rely too much on the LCD instead of the theories have been established since the days of film. No matter how advanced a camera could get, the basic theories of aperture, shutterspeed, ISO, dynamic ranging, etc… will always remain. Most if not all are too impatient to learn anymore. 

The limits of 15-36 shots in a roll of film trains our minds to make the best with what we’ve got, thus sharpening our imagination in the process. Nailing the shot precisely with a few clicks is better rather than going on a machine-gun rampage with mediocrity.

Your camera is nothing but a recorder.

The end all and be all of photography is not your camera. It’s what you see behind the lens that counts more than what you are currently holding.

Holding an SLR doesn’t make you a photographer; you’re just a monkey with an expensive clicker.

Perfect practice makes perfect.

You can either keep on arguing against the world, or you could actually go out there and improve your work.

Your work will be scrutinized by agency creatives and clients. “Explaining” your art doesn’t change their opinion about the images you took. It’s just a matter if getting you for the job or not. 

You can keep telling yourself that they’re not “artists” or they simply can’t understand. At the end of the day, they’re still the ones who will eventually pay your bills. It’s not just about “your” art after all, photography is a communication medium too.

Sour-graping about somebody else’s work is admitting that yours ain’t as good.

Throwing your ego around doesn’t make your images any better. Improving your technique will.

Leaving it to “personal interpretation” is a sorry excuse for not doing your homework properly.

Thou shall not steal somebody else’s light.

Don’t give in to an itchy trigger finger. If it ain’t your shoot, don’t steal a shot.

Don’t take pictures; make images.

Imagination makes you reach for the stars, but it’s reality that keeps your feet on the ground.

There is no such thing as right and wrong; there are only rewards and consequences from our actions.

Read your camera’s manual.

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