When you start out as a landscape photographer, do not start any social media accounts.
The above sentence is the first tip from full-time landscape photographer Dave Morrow. Nine months of each year, Morrow live out of his vehicle and travel the wilderness by foot. He spends minimum amount of time on editing videos and photos, simply because he prefer to be out in the wild. That is where he feels alive.
I have followed Morrow for some years and I love his work. In his latest video he shares some tips and experiences on how to “make it” as a landscape photographer, and that does not include social media whatsoever.
As he states in the video, social media such as Instagram is a whole lot of downside and not much of upside. You can learn and get so much more healthy interaction by going and shooting with some friends.
I can very much relate to Morrow's tip about not using social media in the beginning. I just passed the 112,000 followers on Instagram, which I have spent four years reaching. Four years! However, I spent four years learning and trying out different photography genres and building up a solid technical level before that. By now, it makes sense to promote my photos and lead people to my YouTube, from where I have started to monetize my work and teachings.
Check out the video above, it is time well invested if you want to live from landscape photography. The above is only the first tip Morrow shares. Let me hear your thoughts below.