Jim sent me a great quote he found yesterday. He was thinking about all the fights people have on the customer service side of life, but I went in a completely different direction.
His quote got me thinking about all the photographers we met over the years. Then, I thought about all the photographers I "meet" every day on line and the way some of you respond to criticism and suggestions.
Many of you are looking for answers to help you on the career path to becoming a great photographer. You'll ask anybody and everybody their opinion on what you should be doing. You're on a quest for success and you think because somebody has been at it longer than you, they have the answers.
Here's what Jim sent me:
Just to help you on your quest, here's what some remarkable artists and friends have to share with you. These are excerpts from their SCU Faculty pages. If you want to go back and read more and link to some of their images as well, just click on their name.
John Paul Caponigro
...Learn to speak visually about what you love. All too often I see young photographers trying to shoot everything and anything, but that only shows you have no focus. Find your focus and stay true to it.
Matthew Jordan Smith
...Photography can be so exciting and it’s easy to be influenced by the comments of your Facebook fans who love your work. My advice is to enjoy the journey, but remember that advancing the art, the science and the business of professional photography never really ends. So, don’t just be waiting for the next great shot. Expand your skills and sharpen those photographic chops and go make that next great image.
...So, in the midst of all the business of making a photo career work, you have to carve out time for your own photographic endeavors, and find that which you feel to be so beautiful that you can't help but shoot it. These types of assignments, be they from a magazine, another type of client, or a self assignment, will keep you alive photographically, and remind you, always, of why you wanted to do this in the first place.