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Christmas has just been and for many photographers a very happy christmas being able to capture the laughs and smiles of the people around them.
For me christmas allowed me to get a new camera! I got the Canon EOS 600D!
I also got the lowepro fastpack 100! Brilliant bag for beginners and professionals alike!
Happy new year everyone!
Teenagers are horrible.
At school there are always certain groups of poeple that think they own the school. The people in these groups seem to enjoy making the lifes of people they think are below them less enjoyable.
How does this tie in with photography?
Well, when I started photography I kept it quiet for a while because I was worried about what my friends would think about it as they were all into football and thinking they was the next big thing. I started photography at the age of 13. I started putting some realism into life and I knew football wasnt going to get me anywhere in life so I gave up. My friends took this as an opertunity to pick on me, because I was different to everyone else. I have no been photographing for about 18 months and still to this day they still pick on me because I do what I do.
Photography isn’t the only reason why teenagers are horrible.
the “top” people at school i.e the most popular think is funny to pick on people with disabilites. At my school we have a girl with cerebral palsy, everyone takes the p**s out of her; I wonder if the know what cerebral palsy is? Cerebral palsy is a life changing devolpment that occurs during pregnancy, it happens when the babys brain is starved of oxygen for any length of time. So this girl at my school cannot help the way she is, nor can she control the way the is. Almost 1 in every 400 children are thought to be born with it.
People who are gay, lesbian or bisexuell also suffer from bullying because they are different from the majority. Although most of the people who bully other people about their sexuallity are issecure about their own.
People who are over weight also suffer from bullying, they cannot help the way they are, they may be that way because they are comfort eaters or have a medical condition.
If you are currently being bullied and havn’t spoken to anyone because you are too scared or emabarresd, dont be. There are people out there who are specially trained to deal with the bullied :)
Making the cut - To me making the cut as a professional photographer is not as easy as it seems, you can’t just take a photo on your phone and call yourself a photographer- i wish it was that easy. I have been photographing everyday life for the past year, iv done a couple of weddings; newborn shots; music gigs and so on, but I still do not call myself a professional. I think that a professional is someone who is known for a specific stlye of work that they do, and someone who is getting paid for their work. I am currently ony recognised by a small group of people, and I’m not getting paid. The best photographs are not taken on a £2,000 DSLR with a £1,000 lens on the front of it. There are many things that make a good photograph, composition; lighting; subject ect. if you have all of these together then the chances are your photograph is going to be pretty damn good.
Making the cut is getting alot harder because of the dying photographic industry, there are less jobs in the market for photographers, so if you are an apsiring photographer then the chances are you are going to have to be pretty good at what you to do to get noticed. Like I said, im only recognised by a small group of people and I have tried very hard to try and get more recognition in my town and i think my town has 100,000 or less people so its very difficult. For those of you who are amuter photographers trying to take it further, carry on and put the effort in, the best comes to those that wait.
During my 18 month career as a semi professional photographer I have been faced with quite a few problems. Being only 14 some professional photographers I have spoken to seem to think I am incapible of acheiving good results. They take one look at me and think I am trying to be something with my expensive camera equipment. This automatic branding has had its positives though, with the photographers that don’t believe I can acheive good results I use that to my advantage by pulling some good images out of the bag. I am not just a teenager with a DSLR who thinks he is excellent at photography; I recall at the start of this blog I called myself a semi-professional, I put myself in this bracket because - I have had photographs published in my local newspaper; photographed a wedding; a newborn shoot; family portraits.
I attended a music gig about a year ago now, and upon entry I was stopped by the doorman who refused me entry because I had no ID, this was a suprise to me because the lead singer of the gig invited me to the event. After a short period of time explaining my reason for being there, the lead singer came outside and said “if he ain’t allowed in, I’m not playing.” well to that the doorman stood aside and let me in.
This is just one of the hiccups I have had to face. Being young can bring people to the conclusion that you are not very good, I don’t know how they can do this without even speaking to me. I guess thats the joys of proving people wrong.