Another one of these inspirational little videos I occasionally come across and enjoy. Not specifically about photography, in fact it’s about music/composing, but rather can really be about almost anything where you create something and can get stuck into it a bit too much.
It starts a bit strangely but stick with it.
I get several elements from it, others may get different things.
I know I’ve been guilty of comparing myself to others or my photography to theirs. Sometimes this can be disheartening. I think it’s healthy sometimes – pushes us to be better within ourselves, but it can have negative issues too.
Also – I know I’ve been guilty of getting stuck into editing and turning other things down because I have too much to do.
And we’re all probably guilty of taking life too seriously at times.
Love this so much I thought I’d share.
Simple but effective and very inspiring in wanting me to take the camera out.
If interested there’s some behind the scenes stuff here : http://petapixel.com/2014/08/23/stunning-video-paris-captured-viewfinder-old-pentax-67/
During my usual lunchtime blog viewing I came across a couple of videos I thought I’s share.
I love inspiration videos – of various guises – to create art, help those around you, share knowledge, find new skills etc and these are similar but a little different. They show how we shouldn’t give up – that over much of time “success” (however you judge that) often isn’t a quick thing, isn’t immediate. I think the films are correct in stipulating that in the modern age we’re used to getting everything quickly – the hear and now – which can mean we’re more impatient than we used to be. So hopefully they may help anybody who thinks it’s too late for them to “make it” or similar.
I do feel this occasionally – photography is my passion however not my career – I work in IT, but at least in a photography related industry. As with many people with a passion but not profession in such field I sometimes wonder if I could/should/would be any good as a professional photographer – but also think that maybe at 38 it could be too late. Thankfully it’s never too late …. or so say these videos 😉
I’ve posted some videos in the past that inspire in various kinds of ways – creativity, technical, to actually just go DO something rather than think about it – etc.
Just come across this one which I thought I’d share.
It’s by Ryan Brenzier who’s a photographer I follow – usually for technical reasons.
Its inspiring in terms of business a bit – but more so for encouraging the viewer to find their own style and pursue that – whatever it is. When developing in something like photography I think there’s a lot of personal pressure to be like someone else or to produce work like someone else, either a peer or hero. This shows that it’s likely a lot more productive to develop one’s own style instead.
Just come across another few inspirational videos.
This is a series by Smugmug on YouTube designed to do exactly that i.e. inspire.
I prefer this one:
But from the Von Wong video I like the quote :
“I think if you start doing the stuff that you love, and you start sharing the stuff that you love, then sooner or later people will start hiring you to do the stuff that you love”
You’ve all likely seen the great looking Milk/Pinup photos by Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz.
While browsing another site – I came across a link to a behind the scenes video he’s done. Seems he has a few and I find them all rather good – to the point, informative, and inspirational.
It’s interesting how he makes things look so simple, yet puts a huge amount of planning and setting up into a couple of them (e.g. The Trial)
The videos on his site are here : http://aurumlight.com/!videos
Here a re a few:
A topic I often reflect on is the possibility of going it out solo / alone…..
Having worked in IT for almost 14 years I’ve never actually freelanced. I’ve always been a PAYE employee. In all that period I’ve only been out of work something like 2-3 months – most of it when made redundant 6 years ago. I didn’t try to “go alone” in any way – I just hit the job sites and search, search, searched for IT work in Photography which I eventually found. So from time to time when thinking about photography, inspirational entrepreneurs when reading Wired, and stories like Instagram etc I wonder what it would be like to go it solo. Start my own company, do something I’m passionate about and be my own boss.
The prospect is quite scary to me. Especially in the current climate and when reading so many photography blogs about it being a bad time for the industry either due to spending cuts or so many “weekend warriors” (such as myself) taking the work of full time pros.
However it is also quite appealing. Both for the creativity but also other aspects – such as being your own boss. Sometimes I feel like I’m hitting my head against a brick wall when dealing with bosses. Also hearing stories about the founders of .com’s such as Twitter, instagram, GoPro, Facebook and so on makes me think that to “make it big” you have to take a bold step into the unknown.
Will I ever do it ?
I don’t know. Currently my safety net or the Satatus Quo is to safe to let go. I guess there is the option of doing something part time – but I never seem to have spare time for anything.
But for those that do – I salute you.
What started this ramble ?
The video is very inspiring, but Zack’s blog post very scary. Both seem to go hand in hand on this topic.