Saturday, April 23, 2011

What's Next For You?

Photograph by Rick Sammon
Okay. You've read a couple of how-to photography books. You've downloaded several photo apps. You've signed up for a slew of on-line training classes. You've sat in on more than a few seminars. You're following the photo blogs of top pros. You've listen to your fair share of webinars. And you have a stockpile of podcasts on your mobile device just waiting for you to listen and learn.

I offer all of the above. If you have checked out my stuff, you know my teaching style: I like to make learning fast, easy and fun.

Hey, my podcasts with Juna Pons are free, so what are you waiting for? The webinars are free, too. You can find them on the Nik Software site and Topaz Labs site.

Getting back to the subject of this post, the very important question is, "What's next for you?"

Before reading on, think about that question for a few minutes - and your possible answer or answers.

Several options await you: turning full-time pro, going part-time pro, teaching, blogging, assisting a pro, selling photos on line, having a gallery show, having fun with your photography as a hobby, and so on.

One of the most important options is to apply what you've learned to your photography – and to shoot, shoot, shoot . . . and to get better and better and better. Take pictures every day.

Shooting, and applying the stuff you've leaned in books, magazines and on the web, is the best way of improving your photography.

Participating in a workshops and shooting in the field, or in the studio, along side a pro, is an effective, and speedy, way to grow as a photographer.

There are tons of workshops, including my own, that let you do just that. 

My workshops are relatively small, and I teach it all, from lighting to shooting to processing to posting. Plus, you'll have a ton of fun and meet like-minded photographers who just may become your good friends.

On my workshops, your wish is my command, so to speak. I can cover: setting up your camera and flash, studio lighting, speedlite shooting, wildlife photography, close-up photography, HDR, street photography, travel photography, Lightroom, Photoshop, people photography, social media marketing - and the list goes on. 

I teach the same stuff on my private workshops.

If you'd like to join one of my workshops, see my USA Workshops page and International Workshops page here on my blog. If you'd like a private shooting/processing sessions, shoot me an email.

In the meantime, think carefully about what's next for you - especially if you feel stuck in your photography and creativity. After all, you gotta grow as a photographer.

Finally, I, and other readers of this blog, would welcome your comments in the Comments section. Don't be shy. Share your thoughts. You just might help a fellow photographer find out what's next? And, you might even find the answer yourself.

I will be in Alaska on a workshop for the next 10 days. If you don't see your comment published here it's because I may not have access to the internet on the boat. But rest assured, your comments are important and will be posted.

Explore the light,

P.S. While I am on the subject of learning and growing, check out the following "Four Levels of Learning." Post a comment here as to your current level.

The Four Levels of Learning

1.  Unconscious Incompetence
We don’t know we are not good.

2.  Conscious Incompetence
We know we need help.

3.  Conscious Competence
We know we are good.

4.  Unconscious Competence 
The level we all want to reach in the things we care passionately about.
We don’t really have to think too much about what we are doing . . .
we just do it!


Hazel said...

Hi Rick,
I think I'm somewhere between 2 and 3! I've done lots of seminars (a few of yours) and classes - active in camera clubs (local, regional, national - New England Camera Club Council - PSA), started teaching myself (Elements) - started a blog last week ( - but still want/need to do more!
Thanks! Hazel Meredith, Connecticut

Menaka Indrani said...

Love your posts .. and this one summarizes it all.
Menaka Indrani

DJ said...

I'm leaning towards 4. However, after 40+ years of this fantastic hobby, there are times I feel I'm still stuck at 2. LOL


Rhonda said...

I am at a solid 2.75! LOL Attended many seminars by yourself of course, Clay Blackmore, Sandy Puc, & David Ziser. What a wealth of information I have gathered from all the above and will attend many more as I am able to. IMHO One can never stop learning. People have often said "Practice Makes Perfect"..... well I once read somewhere that "Practice Makes Better" since no one is perfect, although we all can strive to be, correct?