6 of Magnum’s biggest professional photographers chimed in to share some valuable advice for photographer like you and I who have a passion for the craft and daydream about one day turning it into a career. My favorite pointers comes from Chris Steele-Perkins.
- Never think photography is easy. It’s like poetry in that it’s easy enough to make a few rhymes, but that’s not a good poem.
- Study photography, see what people have achieved, but learn from it – don’t try photographically to be one of those people.
- Photograph things you really care about, things that really interest you, not things you feel you ought to do.
- Photograph them in the way you feel is right, not they way you think you ought to.
- Be open to criticism – it can be really helpful – but stick to your core values
- Study and theory is useful, but you learn most by doing. Take photographs – lots of them – be depressed by them, take more, hone your skills and get out there in the world and interact.