This is an ongoing blog series called “Not Advice”. The purpose? To share with my readers simple things that I have learned or am learning along this journey of being creative. I want this blog to be helpful. I’m definitely not claiming to know everything, but I do have a few things that have helped me branch out, stay creative & get moving, so I’m going to let you in on all my “not advice”. I hope you’re here because you enjoy having fun and making life memories. Whether that be with a camera or just in general, I hope that you find encouragement from whatever little snippets you’re about to read. You can see the first three installments here & here & here. Cheers!
Be on the internet too much.
In this day in age, I feel like this is so obvious. YES, too much time on the Internet can be a good thing. Perusing photo forums and wedding blogs is how I’ve learned most of what I know about the photography industry (wedding in particular). The Internet is also a great tool for
creeping on connecting with people. The beauty of the internet is you can connect with someone on the other side of the country and it’s totally normal. Learning from across the globe, what a concept!
Follow people you admire on Twitter. This is the most fun way to learn. Not only do you get updates about their business & things they find interesting, but you also get to peek into their real lives, sort of a behind the scenes. This is why photo blogs are great, too. You realize that these people are just like you, people who share your passion. It’s comforting to know that with a TON of hard work, it’s possible to make it happen!
CreativeLIVE is an AMAZING resource. All kinds of professional photographers give their advice and I can’t tell you how much I’ve learned from them all. Most of the YouTube videos are just 60 second clips, but even so, pretty informative. YouTube is, like, the best.
Photo.net is also a pretty helpful resource. Peruse through the forums every so often and take away from them only what you need.
For inspiration in general, the Making Things Happen blog is one of my favorites. A goal of mine is to go to their conference one of these days. Take a look at this one if you really need that firm boost to get yourself started on your creative journey.
Remember, if you see it on the internet, it doesn’t mean that’s the ONLY way to do it. As with any career, there’s no such thing as a cookie-cutter “recipe to success”. Experiment and find what works for you. We also know the Internet can be a time-waster, so find the sites that will teach you as much as possible, and stick to those. =)
Have you ever used these resources? Do you have any other you recommend and would like to share? Comment below.