As the New Year approaches I find myself establishing myself again as a photographer. The funny thing is, I am doing it differently this time. I am not part of the photo industry anymore. What I mean by this is that I do not attend conferences or conventions for photographers. These things are a waste of time and energy. At least in my opinion they are.
My energy is best spent focusing on my own work, my own clients and my own art. When you start listening to others about how to achieve a certain look in your photographs, you start losing your own vision. I remember a few years ago, or many years ago, a photographer was pushing the fact that you should always shoot at f/1.2 for everything. No matter what, buy a lens that goes to that f stop and just shoot wide open. This is terrible advice.
Shoot for the look you wish to portray. That is it. It really is that simple. This is what I have been doing for over 20 years. An image does not need to have a perfect exposure, a perfect sharpness or even a perfect subject! The intent is what makes it perfect.
But enough talk about the technical. I photograph by the feel of the mood I’m in. It can be crazy, silly, sexy, seeding, gritty, soft, sensual or just a clean landscape, doesn’t matter, I shoot because I love it.
You can look to see more work from me in the coming days. I have a lot going on and I really need to get back to shooting every day again.