Tip of the week: Stay off the beaten path
We've seen this story before: A celebrated photo was found to be staged and manufactured. The reverse angle of that rural fisherman with a cormorant on his bamboo raft reveals two dozen of photographers all lining up for the same shot. We all go to the Horseshoe Bend or Antelope Canyon to take the exact same shot as thousands of people before us.
Well, as photographers we were all influenced by those who came before us. We draw inspiration from people like Adams, Newton, Leibowitz, McCurry, Avedon and others. It's only natural we try to recreate their famous photos. Didn't Oscar Wilde once say, "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery"? Yes, yes he did. But he also ended that quote with "...that mediocrity can pay to greatness.”
Now, I'm not blaming anyone, we all are mediocre at something before we become great at it. We wouldn't even know of many places without people taking photographs of them. But doesn't that mean that everything worth shooting has been shot already? And if we are all here to sell our photos, shouldn't we try to capture images that we know are popular?
This world now has seven and a half billion people and 150 million square kilometers of land. If you want to find unique portraits and locations, there's still a lot to choose from. Your photography can be both creative and commercially viable, all trends start from somewhere.
Take portraits of your friends and family. Hit the streets of your town at night and see what you find. Ask a stranger on the street if you can take their portrait. When you travel, don't always go for the low-hanging apples and sign up for a guided photography tour. There are yet sights unseen and uncaptured. Stay off the beaten path, meet some locals and ask if you can take photos while they do their everyday things. Don't spend all day at Machu Picchu trying to line up that one perfect shot. Save some of shutter count for something unique.
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