What advice would I give photographers just starting out?
Follow your dreams...nothing is impossible. Learn from the mistakes of others, you don't have time to make them all yourself. Remember, if you know precisely where you are going, you have been there before.
Photograph what is important to you, and then you may find your photographs to be important.
"You will never make a photograph that everyone likes, so make sure you like every one of your photographs." Oliver Gagliani
"There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs." Ansel Adams
Above all have FUN with photography - no matter how hard you are working at it. You will do better work while "playing" rather than intellectualizing. Photography is magic!
John definitely needs to be on your radar! Follow what he's working on through his website and exhibition schedule. John teaches a limited number of very special workshops each year.
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.