Over the past few weeks my YouTube feed has been full of photographers telling other photographers how to make photographs. Whilst they do help up to a point all they end up doing is say that you should make photographs like I do. I understand these people have got to churn out content as they can no longer fly off to photogenic locations and then tell everyone just how wonderful it is – please support me on Patreon so I can continue to fly the world. (This is my world wary view and as the saying goes your mileage may vary.)
I take a different view. Yes watch some of these self proclaimed experts, sometimes I’m not at all sure they are quite as good as they claim, but also read books, view photographs in the flesh rather than on line but most of all just get out and do it: Make mistakes learn from them and do it again and again. As with any skill the more time you are able to throw at something the better you get. Whether this will make any good at the end really depends what you want to achieve. For me my aim has always been to make images that I find satisfying, nothing more. If others find them interesting then that is a welcome bonus.
Many years ago I had a book that basically said that the best time to make make landscape photographs is at dusk or dawn. Any other time is really problematic. In general this is good advice but that doesn’t mean that you should get out at midday and try and make some interesting landscape photographs – which is what I did today. Whether you agree with me is really a matter for yourself and I understand if you don’t. For me I find it rewarding just to get out and try and make something out of compromising conditions.
Here endeth the old photography bore rant!