Thank you. A most helpful post.
I might try number 4. Great idea.
2010-06-16 01:05 pm (UTC)
i liked that one as well.
Thirded. Also "Show Up and Show" is a great idea.
That certainly caught my eye, too.
Also printed and posted on walls.
With attribution and weblinks, of course.... ;->
I added an LJ "repost" button that just launched today.
I'd just wondered where that came from. Haven't read any LJ news yet. Groovy.
2010-06-16 12:54 pm (UTC)
I got a lot out of this post. Thank you.
Inspiring stuff. Thanks!
However, I think I'd rather be a photographer than a photogropher.
Oh, I thought the repeated question and spelling mistake were meant to add some kind of urgency to the post - not that they were just mistakes. The old unedited post had a very peculiar and slightly uneasy feeling to it.
This is really fabulous advice. I appreciate it, and took the liberty of posting a link to this from my FB.
I'll making my first 12 best gallery today on Flickr.
2010-06-16 07:42 pm (UTC)
What an excellent idea
2010-06-16 10:47 pm (UTC)
Re: What an excellent idea
Oh, feel free! A word of warning: my comments may be limited to "pretty!"
Inspirational, Kyle, and a good reminder. Reposting.
2010-06-16 01:31 pm (UTC)
Best Advice I've ever seen for photographers...
This is excellent advice, the only two things I'd add are
In number one, learn your equipment, a good photographer can push lesser equipment to the limits.
for number three take pictures of everything, sometimes, strangely enough, what your most interested in is not what your best at photographing. Find your niche and work harder on the rest.
> 5) Evaluate your equipment. When you know specifically why what you have can't do what you want, it's time to think about upgrading. Do this for the rest of your life.
Good idea. But be careful not to fall into the trap of fixating on equipment and turning your hobby or your art medium into a way to channel a tendency to fixate on accumulating a vast amount of unused gear. The key is to fully explore the limits of the equipment you do have and make great art along the way. Lots of great music was written and recorded with cheap low-end instruments and equipment.
Yeah, this makes sense, but a caveat is worth adding because there are so many gear-tarists who never play.
Hey, I'm so glad to see you commenting here. I highly recommend all of Monsieur Cassidy's LJ. I enjoy it consistently.
(Now it is time to go photograph the Farmer's Market!)
Yis. It always brightens my day to find still-active pockets within Livejournal. Hope the weather stays favorable during your photo-sesh!
You are always so helpful. Thank you.
And, thanks again for sharing your perspective of the world!!
2010-06-16 03:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Yet another reason I follow you, Kyle...
This is great stuff, and applies to all artists. Thank you.
I've lurked for quite a while, and wanted to add an often overlooked peer group to your list:
0)Possibly the most important thing of all: Find creative people and make them part of your world. They don't have to be photographers. They can be writers, or musicians, or actors or puppet makers. Have a peer group of people who are doing things. They'll be your inspiration, your facilitators, your idea makers, your artistic partners. Do this for the rest of your life. Artists rarely survive in a vacuum.
Scientists are by far some of the most creative people you'll ever meet. They are constantly challenged to think of new ways of looking at the world, to develop new approaches to everyday things etc For some reason, people usually see a dichotomy (Art vs. Science), which is completely non-existent, instead of a unity.
At least as a young scientist who hangs out mostly with artists or other scientists, I just had to speak up. Because before I stumbled into their world, my painter/sculptor/photographer friends didn't think scientists were their breed of fabulous.
I agree with this. My significant other is more technically minded (on the computer side of it and less the science though) and he helps me in ways some of my most creative friends can't. I love it about him.
*and vice versa, btw!!!*
(I re-read this and realized I sound a bit too snug and snobbish!)
You will be Very Pleased with my upcoming ROCKET SCIENTIST AND ASTRONOMER TRAVEL DIARY!!!
This is a really great list. I can see its benefit to those wanting to be professionals, as well as those like myself who might be interested hobbyists. Also, thanks for the "repost" button - very interesting.
When I met you in November, I was smack dab in the middle of graphic design classes.
I am pleased to say that I am graduating this week.
I asked you if I could include your "telescopefail" photo in my final project.
After your 'yes', I made the best work of my Photoshopin life.
Thanks for this! It's all good and all useful, making it the best possible thing to wake up to -- other than a cat, of course. ;- )
2010-06-16 05:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for answering my question, and giving me so much advice and things to think about! I'll definetly use this.
Lots of great, solid advice here. Also, I see that the LJ rep has done a fantastic job of using the new social media tool LJ just added. 8)
P.S. How are we coming on the backups? Has there been any talk of making the backups be cross-platform (i.e, being able to convert them into a Blogger account, WordPress account, Xanga account, etc.)?
backups are still comming along -- the big infrastructure upgrade that will allow them to happen is, i believe, complete, and was largely responsible for the slow response times lj was having about six weeks ago.
the problem isn't in backing up LJ, but rather verifying all the comments -- so that i can't backup my lj, then edit your comment here to say "i build bombs and am a terrorist!" and then restore it, that's whats holding things up.
I don't know that LJ has any financial incentive to provide a tool to help it's userbase move to wordpress, though wordpress might have an incentive to figure out how to move your LJ account over.
Even if the monetary incentive isn't there for LJ to allow backups to move to other platforms, it would be worth asking. The worst that happens is that someone at LJ says "Let's do it" and then someone has to do the work. A "no" is just status quo.
Also, it wouldn't hurt to ask if LJ is planning to do a PR campaign around the idea. This may directly or indirectly lead to other blogging sites wanting to be able to convert LJ backups to their platforms and the other platforms being able to convert their backups to LJ.
Thanks for the prompt response.
I loved this. Thank you so much. As an aspiring photographer I sometimes get discouraged, but so much of what I do daily, you've touched upon here. I admire your work greatly. This filled me with a lot of hope. Thank you. :)
Thank you for this post. It is full of so much good information. Finding a peer group is wonderful advise that pays off time and again. When I found other artists to work with and get support from it changed my whole career.
Okay, that "Show up and Show" open-air gallery thing is a great idea. I might have to see if I can get some of my friends at uni in on something like that.
2010-06-17 03:00 am (UTC)
Pardon me for being a cokplete sap right now, please.
I can't even read this whole thing right now without crying.
I really admire the fact that you keep yourself so... accessible and friendly. You are talented, you know that, but you aren't a big giant snotface about it. (I have met many who totally are.)
You have given me kind words in the past, and they stick, they really do. Its funny, I haven't even had the opportunity to meet you, but your words work well.
I love photography. Always have. I didn't go to school (can't even afford to right now) but I do try new things, fuss around with settings, see "What does this do?" etc etc.
I was just thinking this morning that I should look up some of the things you suggest and whatnot and now you're posting all of this.
I don't have a "real" website for my photos at this point, just a FB page, but you do what you can, right? I have a point and shoot because it is all I could/can afford. People tend to not take me seriously because of that. You know what? I have some damn good pictures and I actually had someone say to me the other day "Wow, I bet you wish you could take something like that, huh?" I DID. All of the pictures currently on my wall were taken by me. If that makes me seem conceited, I'm sorry, but I am proud of them and sometimes we all need to remind ourselves that we CAN do something. I've been going batty over the past couple of months because my computer had some weird thing happen where it wouldn't do ANYTHING photo related. I was going totally crazypants over here. Finally, a friend of mine fixed it, so I am getting back into trying to edit a hugely ginormous backlog of photostuffs. Huzzah!
Anyway, so yeah, in short (too late) thank you.
You forgot one thing
make mistakes, lots of mistakes, you will learn from your mistakes
Really helpful post, thank you.
"Visual Vocabulary" I suppose it makes sense that an English Major would hook onto this phrase.
Great advice kyle...besides the phrase, the 12 photo 4x6 is a great suggestion as an exercise. Thank you!
Cheers for this post. Zapped that onto my LJ. ;) One of my bad habits I'm still fighting with, is trying to narrow down my selection of handful of favs from a set. I'm getter better at it.. used to post everything, now I whittle down to about 10 :) per shoot. And love the idea of getting fellow creative folk and doing a show. Why didnt I think of that before? I wil have to send an email to our group and see if I can try organise something like that. What a fantastic idea.
one bit of advice i do have is that no more than one photo from any shoot should make it into your final 12 portfolio -- otherwise it gives the impression that you don't have enough material. so out of every shoot, though you may be looking for 10 pieces for an article or editorial, you need to take away not more than one of those yourself.
thanks for posting, you've been doing some nice stuff lately
This is a wonderful, wonderful post.
Thank you! (Here after seeing a repost on elisem