I am writing this to all the aspiring photographers who occasionally read my blog. It’s safe to say that the interest from other photographers in my work has grown massively in the last 12 months. The more my work improves and the higher my standards, the more I receive mails and contacts from other photographers, many of them new or aspiring.
Its not hard to look back a few years and see where I started, I was, like the majority of enthusiasts, all the gear and (I’m not going to say no) half an idea. So what did I do to progress and improve?
I am happy to admit my progression has sped up in the past 2 years, and the reason for that is quite simple. I had regular training with my mentor Damian McGillicuddy who is top of his game. Damian has been in the business for a long time and knows his craft and the business inside out, he has guided me and advised me at every stage. I am confident that my progression could have happened without that training discovering things in my own time but I believe it would have taken me 10 years to reach the same standard instead of just 2! When I consider how little free time I have available for shooting, it may have taken longer.
Strangely enough hand in hand with that mentoring, my desire to constantly upgrade and get the next piece of “must have gear” has gone. With the right guidance, I’ve learnt that its more about the idea, the technique and the process you follow than it is about what you use. You certainly don’t need the latest full frame SLR with weighty glass, you need to understand the gear you have and understand your light. Yes, some gear can make life easier, but today I only buy things that will improve my photography and most importantly pay for themselves.
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As for me I train with Damian McGillicuddy and I’ve never looked back. Damian is a specialist in off camera lighting, Grand Master Photographer with the SWPP and he has honed his craft over many years, winning countless awards and qualifications. It is without doubt the best money I’ve spent on photography, and I know that he takes equal dedication in delivering his training as I do in improving my work. I do the regular tailored mentoring training (Mentor Me On Steroids) many times a year, there are also many 1 day workshops on various themes and levels available. Well worth a look if you want to accelerate your progress.