In this video I talk about the importance of being a technical photographer as well as some tips on how to overcome your fear of learning.
I have been a professional event photographer and photography teacher for 10 years. Follow the links below to see my work.
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what's up photographers today's video is gonna be geared mostly toward photographers who are intimidated by technique I hope that by reframing 4uy technique is so important it might help you out on your journey you might be less intimidated by all the technical stuff now I first want to talk about personality types I used to work with a photographer when I first started out who thought you were either technical or you were creative so you're either gonna shoot from the hip or you're gonna really get the technical stuff but you're not gonna be very creative I don't think that's true I do think people tend to fall into one of those two personality traits but the idea that you can have one but not the other is completely completely false the goal should be having both if you're a very technical photographer you really need to push yourself to be creative but if you're a very creative photographer and by the way that's the harder thing because that is so much personality type but even if you're a slow technical learner you you can learn that look beat learning to be creative it's a little bit harder in my opinion but anyway let's say you are a creative photographer and you're intimidated by the technique let's talk about why it's so important you stop being intimidated that you learn the technique because it will make you a better photographer now first it's important to understand that the camera sees very differently than you do all the time my students come back to class shooting their assignment for the week and they tell me Mick I saw this beautiful sunset and then I went to photograph it and just look like crap it didn't look like how I saw it yeah because the camera sees very differently than you do and understanding how the camera sees is gonna help you effectively see something and learn how to capture it or learn understand that your camera won't capture what you see so it could mean capturing what you see by understanding how the camera sees and adjusting or it could be not letting go of how you see it understanding how the camera sees and then creating work within that parameter so that's number one learning how your camera sees and then adopting to that the second thing I want to talk about is thinking of photography not as a technical thing it is but we're gonna think of it more as a craft it's a craft that you working on I think that's a little mind hack just calling it a craft verse calling it like a technical thing because I'm sure there's a lot of people like that like crafting but don't like computer stuff right but how is it any different I'm not so sure it is so learning that craft just like we considered it when it was black-and-white film photography or color film photography doesn't matter we thought of photography more of a craft yeah it was technical but we thought of it as a craft I think reframing it that way can really help I know it sounds simple but you guys let me know in the comments a lot of people when they're first starting out find the technical stuff to be overwhelming because there's so much to it there's just so much they have to remember shutter speed ISO aperture all your different settings what is my drive speed at what is my serve what's servo mode I don't know what servo mode is what a single shot there's just so much to remember and digital cameras make it even worse with all these different things in the menu and you start to think you have to master all of them to be effective as a photographer and yeah eventually I think it is important to understand all this stuff but trying to understand it all at once is incredibly difficult imagine you were learning to juggle with 5 balls starting out I don't think I could do it it would be incredibly difficult you have to start with two balls and you go up to three and then you go up to four then you go up to five and you don't move up until all that other stuff is subconscious that you're able to do it without thinking and the same would go for photography it's really important you just work on a few things at a time develop it until it becomes habit formed and then you can move on to the next that's it for today you know I think I'm gonna drink a lot of coffee these I definitely talk more I don't know if my thoughts are more clear but I definitely talk more I feel more effective alright I will see you guys in the next video by the way new film content coming soon I've really been putting a lot of that off but I'm I haven't been shooting as much I've been too busy and stressed out with work stuff that I haven't been shooting and I think it's long overdue that I'd go out and shoot for fun so I started doing that again you guys should see that content soon