MichaelRowlandsonFeatured By OwnerJan 1, 2013Professional Photographer
What kind of photography are you planning on pursuing?, After looking at your portfolio Might I also suggest a route in advertising/conceptualization something I have been looking into myself actually.
I started with a lot of youtube tutorials and I found them to be extremely helpful, especially kelby training. Its rather expensive but well worth every penny.
I'm actually already interested in the advertising/commercial. We did a project on it and I definitely had fun being creative with that. I like conceptual a lot as well, photo manipulation is one of my favorite things actually, but I hadn't really considered it because I hadn't noticed a large demand for it. Commercial and portrait are what I am checking out at this point. What is in my gallery is mostly assignments from the class. There are two photography classes and I am only in the first portion so we are being given things basically to explore our options. It's more of a creative class which is how I get into the conceptual type of thing. As far as conceptual goes, Brooke Shaden is one of the photographers we've studied with this "unit"/lesson and I know that she puts up tutorials for how her pictures are done.
I don't mind helping you out. Although it is really hard to understand from your gallery what you are looking to move forward with since it is cluttered with a lot of images of very different types. (art, drawing, sports, portraits, macro, wildlife, etc) I can't promise anything but send me a note with an outline of what direction you want to go in and we can go from there.
Well thank you first off And I know...I really need to go through and separate some things/delete them. Even my photography folder isn't an example of what I do that was when I sort of just took pictures.
There's nothing inherently wrong with that early on. But, to get really good, you're going to want to pick a couple types to focus on. Doesn't mean you can't or shouldn't do others as well, but specialization is necessary to be the best.
The vast majority of my work over the years has been focused on transitions. That moment between life and death, between youth and age. It's by far the strongest part of my work. But, I do other things as well when they show up. I know it's kind of a niche, but because of that, I can spend less time worrying about standing out and more time worrying about my composition.
Most of the work I'm doing is from assignments that we have to do. I'm hoping my next year in the class will be a more specialization type of thing. I think I'll ask her about that because that might really be good for us since the class will be advanced and small if we could start to specialize with the guidance from her. I should also being doing stuff on my own, but I'll probably hop on that horse over the summer sometime.
I think for photography apprenticing isn't very important these days. Back during the days of the dark room, I'd probably say otherwise, but these days I don't see any need for that.
I suppose, if you can find somebody that really knows flash and lighting, that interning on that might be worthwhile, but for the most part, you'll find your voice only after you've snapped a few thousands pictures. At which point, you should have enough experience that you don't have to think too much about what you're doing with your camera.
I remember one summer I took something like 5,000 shots and by the end of that, I had done my time and was graduating onto more challenging techniques.
The only way of getting there is to experiment like crazy.
The only one super close like in the city is a community college._. I live in West Virginia(East coast...if you're unfamiliar with the USA) There is another close by within about 30 minutes or so. I may try that...provided that they offer photography o.O hmm Thanks