Photography has taught me valuable lessons that have improved my life immeasurably. In this series discover 7 of the best life lessons learned through photography.
Lesson 1: Image is Everything –
Lesson 2: Just Do it –
Lesson 3: Never Give Up –
Lesson 4: No Risk No Reward –
Lesson 5: No Pain No Gain (Coming Soon)
Lesson 6: Plenty of Fish in the Sea (Coming Soon)
Lesson 7: Go Big or Go Home (Coming Soon)
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Joshua Cripps is a full-time landscape photographer living near Yosemite National Park in California. His recent work includes the worldwide marketing campaign for the Nikon D750 camera.
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greetings my excellent friends and welcome to pro photo tips my name is Josh crips and you can join me online at the nature photography Academy a little history about myself I don't have any formal training in photography in fact I went to school for aerospace engineering and I didn't even pick up a serious camera until three years after I had my bachelor's degree everything I know about photography I've learned through years of passionate practice asking tons of questions and making lots and lots of mistakes and along the way I've learned some incredibly valuable lessons that have made my life better both as a photographer and as a person so in this series of videos I'm excited to share with you seven of my favorite life lessons learned through photography hope you enjoy for those of you who don't know who Peter lik is he's probably the most commercially successful landscape photographer of all time he's the guy who's made headlines in the last couple of years for selling multiple prints for millions of dollars each now Peter lik has certain skills as a photographer but in my opinion where he shines the brightest is in his presentation he has galleries in major destination cities like Aspen Honolulu Vegas in Miami and each is immaculately presented the photos are huge and wonderfully lit with tons of eye popping color and ridiculous wow factor now whether you like his photography or not is really beside the point the takeaway here that Peter lik understands perfectly is that how you present yourself to the world is how the world is going to see you now I'm not saying you have to show yourself as a caricature of Awesomeness in order to be successful in life I am saying there are some fantastic lessons to be learned here one of the most important of which is how do you value yourself do you approach your work with an attitude of self-worth or self-doubt let me give you an example when I first started selling my work at art and wine festivals I had the cheapest most rinky-dink setup you can imagine a basic back wall for displaying frame prints and a couple of wooden crates for matted prints what the setup said was Len just starting out please take pity on me it smacked of self-doubt but over the years I learned those lessons of presentation and by the time I finished doing art festivals a few years ago my setup was completely different my booth said I respect myself I respect my work and so should you another great example for all you artists trying to sell your work is pricing the tendency is to say I'm not trying to get rich from this or I'm just starting out or I have no idea what I'm doing and to set your prices SuperDuper low and true you can make a print this big for five bucks and sell it for six and yeah you've made a profit but what does that say about how you value yourself value your work and the value that other people should place on what you're doing a second fantastic lesson to take away from this is not just how do you present yourself but what do you present in the first place I've heard it said that the difference between a professional and amateur photographer is that the professional takes way more bad photos simply because they're out shooting all the time trying new things taking risks and pushing their boundaries but the question is what photos does the professional ultimately show consider two guys of equal talent the first shares every photo he takes good and bad you know what happens he builds a reputation as a mediocre photographer who occasionally produces good work the second guy is brutal in his self editing and only shares his absolute best work even though he's not a better shooter than the first guy he builds a reputation as an excellent photographer here are two sets of photos that I took think about what each says about me as a photographer this one says I shoot a random mishmash of stuff not that cohesive or impressive but this second set says clearly here's a guy who takes seascape photography very seriously so what's the moral of the story here I'm not saying you have to be disingenuous or pound your chest and shout I'm the greatest thing this is what I've read or pretend that you never make mistakes or never take a bad photo what I am saying is if you value yourself you value your work and you show people that in what you present and how you present it then people will value you too and that goes for art as well as life as always thanks for watching if you enjoyed this video please subscribe to the channel so you can catch all the videos in this series you can also jump on my newsletter to get all kinds of free photography and post-processing tips until next time have fun and happy shooting you