Crafting Your Path in Photography: Lessons from a Year of Growth

Photography is a journey marked by constant learning and growth, where success is as diverse as the individuals behind the lens. Understanding how to accelerate this path to success while embracing the challenges is crucial for both aspiring and seasoned photographers.

Coming to you from Joshua Peg, this enlightening video shares Peg's personal insights and experiences over the past year to illustrate key strategies for advancing in photography. Peg emphasizes the importance of relentless practice, having taken tens of thousands of photos to refine his skill set. Most of these images, he admits, did not meet his standards, highlighting a critical lesson: the journey to capturing those few exceptional shots is paved with countless attempts and failures. This process is vital for photographers to understand what works and what doesn't in their craft. Peg's approach underscores the significance of persistence and the willingness to experiment, even when doubts about the outcome exist.

Furthermore, Peg explores the concept of simplicity in photography, stressing the power of focusing on what to exclude from the frame as much as what to include. This principle has guided him to produce more impactful and focused images. Peg also discusses the evolution of his inspiration sources, shifting from tutorials to studying the work of other photographers to foster his creativity and define his unique style. This transition from emulation to innovation is a pivotal stage in a creative's development, where finding one's voice becomes the foundation of true success. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Peg.

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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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