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  • "Don’t go to photography school."

    I'm spending my Thursday evening collecting some advice for photography. These are things that resonate with me. If you're curious what I'm inspired by, read on!


    "Be curious about life. There’s something worth photographing just about everywhere you go – you just have to look for it."
    Photo Advice


    "Never let photography get in the way of enjoying life."
    100 Tips from a Professional Photographer


    "Say no. Say it often. It may be difficult, but you owe it to yourself and your clients. Turn down jobs that don't fit you, say no to overbooking yourself. You are no good to anyone when you're stressed and anxious."

    "Critiques are opinions, nothing more. Consider the advice, consider the perspective of the advice giver, consider your style and what you want to convey in your work. Implement only what it makes sense to implement. That doesn't make you ungrateful; it makes you independent."

    "Great portraits are a side effect of a strong human connection."
    Advice for Aspiring Photographers


    "I was obsessed with documenting my life. So that’s my advice to you: Find something to be obsessed with, and then obsess over it."

    "Put one foot in front of the other and let it happen organically."

    "Say yes to almost everything and try new things. Don’t be afraid to fail, and don’t be afraid to work hard."

    "If you are working hard—really hard—opportunity will come. And when it does, you better be ready for it with your camera in hand."
    Ryan McGinley's Advice to Young Photographers


    "Being a 'full-time'photographer is a bit overrated."

    "The reason I am a 'full-time photographer' is that I fell into it."

    "The 'traditional means' of being a full-time photographer is over."

    "Now that images are ubiquitous (just check out Shutterstock) — images are pretty worthless (in the marketplace)."

    "I think there really isn’t going to be a market for selling images in the future — as the market is currently flooded with images."

    "The biggest frontier in the future of photography is education."

    "You can do freelance work while working a full-time job."

    "Think of what you would want to do full-time day-to-day for the rest of your life (assuming money wasn’t an issue). Then after you figure out your ideal lifestyle, then work backwards — figure out how you can do it financially."

    "You really have to be insanely passionate about what you do."
    Advice for Aspiring Full-Time Photographers

    "Forget about the profession of being a photographer. First be a photographer and maybe the profession will come after. Don’t be in a rush to pay your rent with your camera."
    Magnum's Advice for Young Photographers