Experts, instructors and even your customers can be wrong.

Here is the scenario, you photographed a landscape image that you personally love. You violated some of the typical rules for landscapes - foreground element and interesting sky but maybe your sky was of the pretty blue wide open variety. I am a habitual learner and knower as I am one to freely admit, do-er has always been my weakness. Like this blog post, hand wrote it a couple weeks ago, is just now being typed. One of my favorite things to watch while photo editing or just sitting around is to watch videos on the web. Not those videos, photography related videos, videos like "The Grid". The grid is hosted by Scott Kelby and he had Rick Sammon on the show to blind critique some images that were submitted. Both these dudes are excellent photographers, instructors and just great to learn from. During one of the critiques, there was a landscape photo with a big blue sky and the comment was, that it should have been less a focus in the photo and as I looked out of my rainy window here in Portland Oregon I wondered if that belief is only due to preestablished rules or due to personal environment. Scott is in Florida so a blue beautiful sky is, well, boring. Like the Empire State building to New Yorkers, it is just there. I happen to love Oregon landscapes with a blue sky, as it is not the norm and I find those images wonderful, but in a landscape competition, that photo I like would loose. 

Select a photographer on what they use to edit their shots

You get a lot of types behind the camera. There are strobists who adore and are obsessed by types and lighting styles. They know things about inverse square law and have thousands of dollars in lighting and light modifiers.  There are the natural light photographers who only use the sun, reflections, and reflectors. Then you have the in-betweeners like me who sometimes use lights but sometimes not. If I was hiring a photographer, I would not care how he lights the photos but I do care about his editing. 
 

Business succeeds by specializing in its strength.

When it comes to succeeding, focusing on your strength as a model or a photographer is probably the most successful way to become a professional. One of the main reasons I failed is that I started as a landscape photographer and then moved onto people portraits and there are so many different types of portraits out there. And if you are or were like me, you wanted to be a fashion photographer. There were so many things that got into the way to make this specialization a stupid way to go. 

I flaked on a photo shoot but I am not a flake.

I don't care who you are or what you are, a model or a photographer. Sooner or later something will happen to cause you to not show up to a shoot or cancel at the last moment. This is commonly called flaking on a shoot. But you are not a flake, how do you respond. 

My quest to be a renaissance photographer man.

As a new photographer, the first thing you find is either you have one thing you adore photographing or you learn that there are so many things you want to photograph. The latter happens to be more how I started. When I started calling myself a professional photographer, this proved to be a fatal mistake. My quest to be a renaissance photographer man.

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