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Seeking work

Discussion in 'Philosophy of Photography' started by KillRamsey, Jan 21, 2015.

  1. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    I've been a little possessed lately by the idea that I need to go farther, to get better, and do it as quickly as I can manage. I can't shake it... I think about little else, and it's been going on for over 3 years. I am reading everything I can find, I am shooting every single day, I am scraping together a portfolio (on flickr as an album for now, with the idea of hosting it somewhere on its own someday)... And I think part of this process is seeking out challenges and new work for myself. Looking through my best images, MOST of them have either my wife, my daughter, or one of 4 friends in it. It makes sense, I'm just a dude doing regular stuff with family and friends, albeit with a fuji in my hand 24/7. But I need MORE, I need different subjects, I need something approaching professional work.

    And I've had friends offer to let me shoot things, but for one reason or another I've never felt like I was ready yet. Welllllll screw it, I'm diving in. First stop: a friend is a DJ on local college radio, and I've been invited to come shoot bands playing live in their studio. I wrote him back finally and arranged something for 2 weeks from now. Other things I've been offered and have meant to do: Another friend works at the ancient Harvard observatory right here in Cambridge, complete with antique telescope gear filling the dome room. So I can go shoot that, if I can figure out how. Third offer is a friend at work with a cherry 1975 Ducati 750 motorcycle he spent 20 years restoring, which wins shows left and right now. He deserves some GOOD pictures of it, and he has none. And he has a barn in his back yard... I need to get there before dawn but I want to do it.

    So first up is the radio station. More on that as it develops. Suggestions welcomed. I don't know where all this effort winds up, but... I am utterly compelled to do this.
     
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  2. ReD

    ReD SC Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    enjoy the ride
     
  3. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    I am just going to offer one piece of advice...

    If you are good at something, never ever do it for free.
     
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  4. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    wow, you mean I should be charging the ladeeeeeeezz? :cool:
     
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  5. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    I said "good" :wink:
     
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  6. Itchybiscuit

    Itchybiscuit SC Regular

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    Dec 26, 2014
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Ivor
    I'm sure you'll be nervous the first few times out and I'm also sure it'll get easier.

    Best of luck in your endeavours. :thumbup:
     
  7. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    Good stuff, Kyle. You have the right idea and the projects you have planned are a nice start. How about sports? Are photo restrictions for minor-league but pro teams in your area easier than the major leagues? How about contacting the Globe and asking if you can tag along with one of their staff photographers one day? Ditto for a local fire company or snow plow operator - especially the big public works trucks. I'm just thinking aloud here.
     
  8. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    Go for it Kyle - your images here show you have the chops for it.
     
  9. john m flores

    john m flores SC All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    Go for it, Kyle. There's nothing like a good project to keep you focused and get the creative juices flowing. Back in 2009 I volunteered my photography to an Independent running for NJ Gov. Got to ride the campaign bus and photograph on the campaign trail. On election night, when defeat was inevitable, I was let into the suite as they prepared the concession speech. Some of the most powerful photos I've ever taken because it was such a poignant moment.

    Seek out those jobs, those moments, and see them through your lens.
     
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  10. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    That sounds amazing, John.
     
  11. john m flores

    john m flores SC All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    It was. Sometimes the difference between a good photographer and a great photographer is access to interesting subjects. You're a good photographer, Kyle. Go for great!
     
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  12. SnapDawg

    SnapDawg Rorschach Test Pilot

    651
    Apr 18, 2014
    Canary Islands
    Ken
    Don't even let them smell you would do it for free :tongue:
    Do what you love, love what you do, yadda yadda ...

    Good luck !
     
  13. Landshark

    Landshark PhotoDog

    Jul 15, 2010
    SoCal
    Bob
    Shoot what you know and if you do not know the subject, learn
     
  14. Woody112704

    Woody112704 SC Top Veteran

    579
    Nov 7, 2013
    Iowa
    Jared
    Good luck. I'm sure it will work out well for you!
     
  15. jloden

    jloden SC Veteran

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    Jun 30, 2012
    Jay
    Go for it, and good luck!

    I've done something similar this year myself, and have started actively seeking out interesting subjects. In my case specficially I realized what I really want to do is environmental portraits of people with interesting jobs and hobbies, so I put the word out and have lined up a few shoots already just by throwing it out there.

    A number of things led to me finally getting off the ground this year, not least of which was watching a Peter Hurley video where he pointed out if you want to get good at shooting people photos... shoot lots of people photos :biggrin:
     
  16. Woody112704

    Woody112704 SC Top Veteran

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    Nov 7, 2013
    Iowa
    Jared
    I think that goes for pretty much any style of photography. Or heck anything really. Good luck on your endeavors as well.
     
  17. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    Very encouraging to hear!

    I'm headed to NYC for the weekend in a few hours, so I hope to get more work done (that doesn't include my family). Should be "wintry mix / nor'easter" weather tomorrow, so... interesting shots as we walk, I hope.
     
  18. John Densky

    John Densky New to SC

    1
    Mar 14, 2014
    out of a carry on sized bag
    oyibo
    Kyle,

    How is the work going? Could I be so bold as to ask a question?

    What do you REALLY want to do as a photographer? ie: commercial, documentary, photojournalism, fashion etc.
     
  19. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Good question, John - and welcome!
     
  20. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    zombie thread!