I am sure you have all seen the "secrets about photographers" videos doing the rounds recently. As a full-time photographer, I find this really hard to relate to. I have yet to find something which depicts my working life at all.
In this video, I go over a few misconceptions that I feel are spreading around the internet. When I started out in photography, I was learning exclusively through YouTube and online blogs as was the trend back then; it was before solid content was available for purchase and a bit of a wild west in terms of who was uploading what. The idea that I had as to what professional photographers got up to was so distorted from the truth that I was chasing a career that didn't exist outside of brand-endorsed photographers and online forums.
Thankfully, after eight years of frustration, I finally found the path I was looking for, thanks to a very well-respected professional photographer taking the time to give me some really good and honest feedback, which is still the tipping point that I relate to in my career of going from a local photographer to being able to shoot big campaigns with big clients; without this, I would probably be back in an office somewhere doing a job I hate. It's something that I now try to do when ever people DM me on Instagram asking for help; otherwise, we will all end up down the same rabbit hole of internet photography that I had. But boy, was it a shock to the system to discover that everything I had been learning was simply not true, from the gear people were reviewing, the way it was reviewed, right down to what photographers actually shot and how they went about finding clients.
What have you discovered to be completely false since becoming a professional photographer?