The photography monologues explore aspects of photography that come from within the photographer. Having the cameras, lenses etc don’t make you a good photographer any more than having an oven, pots pans and the best ingredients makes you a chef. As with most things in life, it comes from within the person and in this case that’s you.
To become good at photography (read that as ‘Cool and happy about your photography’) takes something from the photographer. First you have to ask is this something I Want to do? Or is this something I’m ‘Going’ to do? Do I want to just be better than I am now? Or Do I want to go all the way..? Find out what’s good for you and then get dedicated to making it happen.
Somewhere down the line inspirational photographers like Steve McCurry, Sebastiao Salgado, Annie Leibovitz, Ansel Adams, Chase Jarvis, Brent Stirton and thousands more all got dedication.
OK you may not want to be the next Steve McCurry – but whatever you want to achieve from your photography becomes much easier when you choose what you want from this brilliant fulfilling pastime and dedicate some time to take the actions that’ll make it happen.
And whatever you choose to do – have fun doing it 🙂
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a couple of weeks ago I was sent a question by a lovely guy called Peter and he asked me hi Mike does it happen with photography like with music that you could be a professional and all great photographer if you start at an early age does age matter when it comes to becoming an excellent photographer well the thing is how much do you want to become an excellent photographer is it something you want to do or is it something you're going to do but what's the difference well I've been running my photography business for a long time and many years ago I chose to turn my hobby which was photography into my income and that's a whole other story but part of that was I wanted to be able to travel and to see some of the world to sort of experience from the amazing things that go on out there in the world but it was always something I'd like to do and time passed and the business started grow and I was having a pretty good time and I didn't have to work terribly hard to cover my expenses and I could go and play on my motorbike but it was always something I'd like to do and then last year something happened my brilliant awesome inspiring funny witty and incredible mum died last September and it was very devastating despite the fact I knew it was coming but something in me changed then I kind of realized how old I was I kind of realized that hey you're in your 50s now and you've always wanted to go off and see some more of the world but that's all it was I wanted to when my mum died it changed from I want to to I'm going to you may have really seen this in workshop starting to appear in other countries and many of you wonderful people have been inviting me to come and run workshops in your country but it's because I got committed I got dedicated to doing whatever it takes to make that happen now whether that's in what sort of photos you want to take you want to take great amazing pictures well you need to become dedicated to doing it and that means giving yourself the time it means dedicating time to doing it not sort of saying okay I've watched all these watch all these videos on YouTube that Mike does all the Saros does all that many of the other awesome photographers has put out there into the world or going on courses you have to become dedicated to giving yourself time to go and put into action the things that you've been taught about last year I was teaching at a local night school I was just teaching an art education to a bunch of people who are paying a fairly reasonable fee to come on a photography course and it was for the college this wasn't me doing it at the college this was I was employed by the college to do it for a short time but something which really amazed me was that I would give people some homework to do which was associated with the lesson that we just done and then the following week quite a large percentage of people would say I didn't have time this week or I could see that they had sort of come home and they've maybe got half an hour before the jump in the car cuz I gotta go and they've sort of done the homework because might like drizzle at them well I don't mind if they do the homework or not and I don't mind if you guys do the homework or not I don't mind what you do so long as you're happy but here's the key if you want to take excellent photographs or maybe become a professional photographer you've got to do the homework you've got to put in the hours you've got to dedicate some time to doing stuff you have to get out there and practice and get experience now when I say dedicate and put time into it you know what time you can dedicate to it I mean when I dedicated time to becoming a professional photographer I did it in a slightly unusual way as in I went on income support I told my local employment services office what I was doing because I didn't want any trouble I wasn't going to sort of like try and defraud anyone and they were amazingly helpful they actually gave me access to various courses and training so I spent a year not working and every day I was reading books I was practicing I was going out there I was taking pictures wondering why it didn't work and then trying something else until eventually I got to a point where I could take pictures that people pay me money for and that was an amazing feeling but it's within the dedication so whatever that may look like for you now that could be maybe an hour a week because I know normal people they have jobs to go to every day they have to pay their mortgage left whether rent after by their tricity bills and all that kind of stuff they possibly got kids now there are mega expensive things to own aren't they so you've got calls on your time already but in order to get the experience that's needed for you to take the excellent photographs or to become a professional photographer that's any of you guys not just Peter you do have to dedicate some of your time in order to do the exercises to practice stuff so that you get the experience because photography's experiential learning most things in life are you have to experience it and get experience so that you know what to do in a given situation much as I would love to be able to sort of put my hand up here and go click an unplugged knowledge and then insert it into your head for you for a fee of course then it would be awesome but I can't do that wouldn't that be easy I wouldn't have to webmaster the site I wouldn't have to keep thinking up new ideas for films and shooting stuff and having probe launched and out in the cold and rain and all that kind of stuff while we're making films the thing is it's a dedication thing so whatever that may be for you I would suggest it's a case of go on a training course and if you know you're going on a training course book some time into the diary the next day so that you can go and practice whatever it was because if you put it off and think oh wait we're going on holiday in a couple of weeks and it cover each time you've forgotten all about it and you've just kind of vanished into thin air like Scotch mist if you watch a video on YouTube one of my videos make some notes maybe go outside and then practice that and keep practicing that and dedicate time to it until you have your head around that particular technique or building block as I like to call them with a whole new course coming on that fairly soon because that's where you are going to get the knowledge you need to be fulfilled as a photographer and become excellent and/or professional subscribe to our YouTube channel to be notified each time we upload one of our cool photography videos well for more great photo tips workshops and training come and see us at our website photography courses da pace you