Ever use the search box on YouTube to find out more about the artists you admire most?
I had some fun looking at Roberto Valenzuela's videos over the weekend, and while this one has little to do with photography, it's one of my most favorites. However, it's not about the talent of my good buddy Roberto as a classical guitarist, but a solid example of his discipline as an artist.
Most of us know Roberto's mantra,
"Practice doesn't make perfect. What if you're practicing it wrong? Only perfect practice makes perfect."
Listen to Roberto play Bach for a little while and you'll understand the back story of why he's one of the best photographers in the industry today. It's about discipline and a never-ending quest to be the best. If you have a chance to attend one of his programs or workshops, run, don't walk to get a seat. You'll never be disappointed.
Besides being a great guy and kick to hang out with, he never stops learning. His education never slows down, and he's constantly experimenting and looking to see where his creativity will take him next. Roberto is all about passion for the craft, his friends, and creativity.
He's got two terrific books out. Both of them should be in your library, regardless of your photographic specialty. Just click on either cover below to find out more.
Check out more of Roberto's work and his teaching schedule with a visit to his website.
Check out "Why?" one of the most popular features on the SCU Blog. It's a very simple concept - one image, one artist and one short sound bite. Each artist shares what makes the image one of their most favorite. We're over 100 artists featured since the project started. Click on the link above and you can scroll through all of the episodes to date.