An Important Lesson for Every Photographer

Being a photographer, whether a hobbyist or professional, is a complex endeavor in today's world, and it can be easy to be sidetracked by a wide range of issues or red herrings. If you sometimes find yourself struggling with that, check out this important video that is a useful reminder of what matters in photography and what the real nature of progress is. 

Coming to you from aows, this interesting video discusses the importance of recognizing the often start and stop nature of photography and embracing that via consistent practice and work. Any creative is going to go through periods of fruitfulness and periods where it seems like nothing you are producing is worthwhile, but the key is to simply persevere, and to do so consistently and regularly. Of course, talent and preparation play into the results, but photography can also be a numbers game. The people who come home with the best results are typically those who constantly work to hone their craft and innovate and who constantly put themselves in the best possible position to maximize their chances of getting the shot, which, for many of us, means simply getting out with our camera as much as possible. Check out the video above for the full rundown. 

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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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It would seem that every site I visit now they are all using the word " creative " to describe photographers. What's wrong with calling people who use a camera a photographer. Seems like everything has to have a new name or label these days. Remember when a full moon used to be called a full moon, now it always has some crazy name attached to it like a super blood full moon or something similar. Dogs that have been purchased from the pound are now rescue dogs, youtubers are now influencers and so on. Things have sure gotten crazy as of lately.

I agree! Remember when it was just rain, and not an "atmospheric river?" It was just a cold snap, not a "polar vortex." I am so sick of all these stupid catch phrases. Man, I'm getting old and crotchety. Hey! You kids! Get off my lawn!