Joel Zimmer

Photographs of Joel Zimmer's daily adventures in New York City and the places he visits.

Year 06.

What advice would you give to some one who is interested in becoming a photographer?

Asked by fuckingoranges-deactivated20130

Hey - thanks for the question!

I’ve got four suggestions:

  1. The best camera is the one you have with you. (That’s from Chase Jarvis, not me) Don’t worry about the hardware you are using; you’re the photographer, not the camera.  The key thing to add to this: Always have a camera with you, you never know when you can capture something interesting
  2. Shoot a lot and shoot often.  You may be interested in becoming a photographer but when you don’t shoot photos then you aren’t really a photographer.
  3. Share your work. I don’t care how: put it on Flickr, put it here, show it to your friends.  But share your work, putting yourself out there and facing criticism/compliments/silence will get you to do more.
  4. Don’t be afraid of criticism/failure. You’re going to shoot a lot and you’re not going to find the best shot every time - that’s how it goes.  Don’t get discouraged.  And when you do, look at the second item on this list.

Of course, none of these things have anything to do with becoming a commercial photographer or successfully selling things.  I’m not sure how to do that yet

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