A Common Photography Trap to Avoid

Pursuing photography in the modern world, whether as an amateur or professional, is a tricky and complex thing full of many pitfalls that can derail your development and success as a creative. This great video essay discusses one of the most common traps photographers fall into, how to recognize it, and what you can do to avoid it or break out of it. 

Coming to you from Roman Fox, this fantastic video essay discusses the trap the internet has created for many of us. The web is an infinite well, and it is easy to spend far more time than you need to on it. It is easy to get sucked into reading way too much about gear, obsessing about specs, worrying about the opinions of those whose opinion you should not care about, and more. And while that is not to say there are not worthwhile educational opportunities and interactions on the internet, at the end of the day, the best way to get better at photography is simply to get out there and do it. And beyond improving, it is also about enjoying the practice and experience; after all, that is why we all picked up cameras in the first place. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Fox.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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I have been working on my photography for a couple of years now, I do fall into the trap often but I also enjoy the learning process! Check out my website and leave some feedback for me to improve further if you don’t mind, I feel like feedback from other photographers may be more beneficial than going down the rabbit hole and self critiquing by comparing!