ThingsYouShouldNeverDo

June 07, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Sitting at the local coffee shop and ran across this article on a Photography website titled "PHOTOGRAPHERS, THESE ARE SOME THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER DO"

Here's they are in brief.  But you can read in detail using this link "http://www.diyphotography.net/photographers-things-never/"

1. Steal Other Photographers Work

To some of you, this might seem obvious, however, when you’re starting out you might hear the advice “fake it till’ you make it,” or see another photographer who uses photos that aren’t their own to make money.

2. BE DISINGENUOUS ABOUT THE EDIT

Let’s face it. We live in a Photoshop world. The lines between photography and digital art get more blurry every year. At what level of alteration does it cease to be a photograph and become digital art?

3. BE A SHIT TALKER

This one doesn’t just apply to photography, but life as a whole, and is a big problem in the industry today. Being a shit talker doesn’t get you anywhere. If you don’t like someones style or their preferences toward art or how they handle their business, let it go. Focus on you.

4. FAIL TO PREPARE

Only amateurs fail to prepare. Even the most seasoned of photography pro’s take the time to double check everything the night before a big shoot. The moment you get so cocky that you believe you don’t have to prep, will most likely be the moment you raise the camera to your eye with the client beside you, only to realize you forgot your batteries at home.

5. BE IMPATIENT

I’ve been shooting for over 7 years now, and if there is one thing I’ve learned to do, it’s be patient in all ways. Let’s start with the high-level: your career success.

6. EXPECT WORK TO FALL FROM THE SKY

Although in the previous point I stated the importance of patience-don’t confuse this with laziness.

7. OVER-EDIT YOUR WORK

As photographers, we ALL want to make our work look as good as humanly possible. This can include a rigorous amount of editing-especially if you are a perfectionist like me. However, after you spend a significant amount of time editing, it’s always a good practice to step away from the computer or image and come back at a later date.

8. NOT UNDERSTAND YOUR AUDIENCE

This one is tricky for professionals too, but can really make the difference when it comes to how your image is received. For instance, understand that the images being placed in an art gallery in SoHo will be received differently than if you posted those images on Instagram.

9. CHARGING TOO LITTLE

There are only two kinds of photographers. Those who charge what they’re worth and everybody else. Competing with other photographers on price is bad for everybody. If you charge less than your competitors in order to get more jobs, eventually they will find out, and lower their price accordingly. When this happens, all of those jobs that were coming to you will be divided once again, and you will have to continue lowering your price until everyone in that market is making diddly. It benefits no one.

10. NOT GIVING BACK

There is a certain point in a photographers career in which life gets significantly better. You are making decent money-you don’t have 5 roommates and can afford to go out to dinner with your partner every once in a while. You’ve probably developed a decent following on social media and have steady work from a good base of clients.

 

 


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