Good or Great Photography
Everyone is a photographer these days, so how are you going to stand out amongst the crowd? What are you going to do to push past the others and excel in your craft? Do you want to excel? The future of photography is changing rapidly, so have you found something you can study and learn to push you to the next level…to the master level? A potential client can pay $300 to another photographer instead of the $1000 you are asking for. Sure, the pictures might not be as nice, but that’s ok to them. They just saved $700! How can you show your value and worth when you are competing against dollar bills?
Nowadays the line of worth is blurred by social status and networking or knowing someone that knows someone. You can’t let money and attention be the goal of your craft. Just because you are successful and make money from photography doesn’t mean you are taking great pictures. Do you point and shoot, not giving a damn, then collect the check? I guess that’s the difference between being an artist or someone with a camera. You have to have some integrity, passion, and drive to be willing to take great pictures.
What is a great picture? Well, a GOOD picture is something you take that you’re proud of. Something you’ll show your friends and will make you smile. It’s not how many likes or comments, or attention you get from it. It’s how it makes you feel.
Now a GREAT picture? That has the same effect. It makes you excited, it makes you smile, but the way it’s different is it lasts the test of time. It’s like that song you can listen to over and over and never get sick of. You look at your picture a year from now and you still feel proud of your accomplishment. Only time will help define what images are your great ones. The only thing you can do is continue to develop your techniques, apply what you’ve learned, and most importantly stick with it.