Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Improve Your Photography With Self-Assignments—11/28/11

Patti Thompson Published in Tip Of The Week
Improve Your Photography With Self-Assignments—11/28/11
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I recently had the pleasure of interviewing a great, talented go-getter of a photographer named Rachel Whaley. Whaley surely has photographic talent, business sense and the drive to make a name for herself in the world of fashion photography. But what she's really got going for her, what's bound to make her an eventual success, is that she's not waiting around for anybody to hand her assignments. At the ripe old age of 21, she's going out and doing the work she wants to add to her portfolio and solicit new business. And in the process, she's making herself a better, more capable photographer.

Whaley actually dropped out of photo school before graduation. Once she felt she had enough training to make a go of it as a professional photographer, she gave it a go. I'm not advocating that you quit your job or bail on your education, but what I am suggesting you could learn from her is how to push yourself creatively, become a better photographer and improve your portfolio all at once. And you can do it by giving yourself photo assignments. Here's how.

First, you've got to have a vision. It doesn't have to be some high-and-mighty artistic vision. No, I mean a simple vision for the type of work you'd like to do. That way you can set about doing it. If you want to be a landscape photographer don't “waste your time” shooting portraits. Give yourself landscape assignments. And if you want to be a fashion photographer like Ms. Whaley, you'll have to put together a fashion shoot. Daunting, yes. But that brings us to the next step of a successful self-assignment.

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