“Be so good they can’t ignore you.”
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- Everyone starts somewhere
- Learn your trade
- Your creative well
- Surround yourself with people who inspire you
- Be so good they can’t ignore you
- Become consumed
If Melissa could accidently become a photographer and then go on to win awards, then so can you. Everyone starts somewhere and if you are just getting into photography and want to enter your local photography club competitions or if you have been professional photographer for a while and want to have a go, then there should be no reasons stopping you.
It’s time to think about how you can surround yourself with people who inspire you. Find a way to meet and talk to photographers, there are many events and workshops everywhere. Both Nikon and Canon have great online communities and regular events that you can tap into. Ask your local camera shop if they know of any events. Find a photography friend that you can go out and shoot with. Get Involved!
Ask yourself, how do I be good? Take a few moments to think about how you would photograph the scene in front of you.
TAKE IT FURTHER
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Facebook Tags for Assignments
Assignments are here for you to develop your skills. Do them all or pick and choose what resonates with you.
If you need to work on your photography skills, then this one is for you.
Meet regularly with someone who is also an aspiring photographer or create a local group. You can also use the #connections tag in the Facebook group to connect with others in our community. Meet up in person or set up a video chat. Set a topic for each week’s meeting (e.g., sunset light, my regular day, family, puddles, reflections, politics, storytelling, the colour red, water, etc.), and show each other what you capture. Take notes about what worked and what didn’t. Remember that you need to share openly and honestly. Don’t take comments to heart and get offended. Take comments and see what you can learn from them.
If you want to work on your own.
Use your pocket camera to play with ideas and shoot as much as you can. Think about light, angles and composition and start to really see images everywhere. Download your images on to your computer and start to really look at the work you have captured. If you can train your eye to see images, you will continuously start to improve your photography. If you want to carry your camera everywhere with you then go for it and really get serious about finding images.
If you need a nudge to find local communities, then this one is for you.
Get in contact with your local camera shop and see if they know of any events locally. Find out what camera companies have their own community. I now Nikon have a great community and Canon have the Canon Collective. See what you can find and get involved.
ASSIGNMENTS IN MORE DETAIL
To grow your skills, you need to know what to work on first so ask yourself these questions:
- Where is my weak points when it comes to shooting?
- What do I want to learn next?
Then go to the Facebook group and ask others what worked for them when they were learning that skill. See if anyone has resources that have helped them.
Buddy up: If you are looking to get together with someone from the group use #connections to find someone. You can also add a hashtag with your location if you want to find someone in person.
You can either meet in person or you can do so via video chat.
Decide how you will work together. Will you meet once a week, once a month, or a combination of a big video chat once a month but a quick text message every Monday to tell the other person what you have been up to – making you accountable for your week.
If you are looking to improve your skills, set a topic and then do some research about it. Here are some links to get you thinking
Once you set a topic (e.g., sunset light, my regular day, family, puddles, reflections, politics, storytelling, the colour red, water etc), show each other what you capture. Take notes about what worked and what didn’t. Remember that you need to share openly and honestly. Don’t take comments to heart and get offended and be honest with your feedback. We can only learn from each other if we can give and take honest feedback.
Tell us how you are doing and share your struggles and successes with the group. Share with us what you produce as you are shooting and tell us what you learned the most by taking that shot. You can even post together and show what each of you have produced and how different or similar the images ended up being.
This is for those of you that like to fly solo.
iPhonography is everywhere and it is a great way to hone your skills. And don’t think you can’t enter phone photographs into competitions. Because you can. Using your phones camera gives you the ability to have a camera with you all the time. You can practice photography anywhere and everywhere. What you will find is that if you start to do this, you will see images everywhere. You will start to think more about images and you will start making more images. This will lead your brain into different thought patterns that will give you new ideas and spark your creativity even further.
Post two phone captured photographs into the Facebook page and use the following tags:
#trainyoureye #iphoneography and add any other hashtags that you feel might be appropriate like #streetphotography #stadiumconcert #singletree #ruleofthirds etc. Whatever you think adds some description to the images.
Sometimes we just need a reason to get away from the computer and out into the world. There are lots of local events that we can use as a photo opportunity.
Apart from the industry driven events there are lots of local festivals, concerts, shows, etc. that give you a great opportunity to find great subjects to shoot. Always do some research and find out what restrictions there is for public events. Sometimes events won’t allow any cameras into them, so do your homework.
Use the hashtag #ResearchLocalEvents and share at least one place you have found information for your local area, or an event, or one online group that might be helpful to yourself and to others.