Ten Beliefs That Suck The Life Out Of Photographers – By Don Giannatti

March 12th, 2015

BeliefsDon Giannatti over at Lighting-essentials.com has a great post about the beliefs that get in the way of being a successful photographer. Beliefs always have a strong influence on our behavior. That influence can be positive or negative. As Don says, “The things that are truly holding you back are your own beliefs. Belief that it IS one of those reasons above. Believing that it is a geography thing that keeps you from excelling, or what gear you use or how many lights you take with you is more damaging than any REAL challenge you will ever have to meet.

Here is Don’s list:

  1. We must have professional level gear to be a pro.
  2. We have to live in a big city.
  3. We must have a portfolio equal to Avedon or McCurry.
  4. We have to have thousands of hours of experience.
  5. We must never work for free.
  6. We have a huge internet following to be considered.
  7. We obviously suck because the pros do it so easily.
  8. All we need is….
  9. Professional photographers are special, with special talents.
  10. No one is able to make it in this business anymore.

Be sure to read Don’s whole article here. Great job Don!

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10 Responses to “Ten Beliefs That Suck The Life Out Of Photographers – By Don Giannatti”

  • Here is what I do know, when I photograph 1 or 2 houses a day, I’m very happy. When I do 3 or more, I feel miserable! I never want to get to the point where all I do is work, after 51 years of photography, I love it more than ever. I’m seventy years old and I love having time to enjoy life too!

  • Well said JK. I know the feeling.

  • Great post!…

    Jerry Kelly, I’m 67 and I’m right with you 1-2 houses a day and I’m happy also. I do other things but that makes me happy. That of course is because I have at least one more dollar than I need. If I have one less than I needed I’d by an unhappy fellow.

    Enjoy life. At this point we see the light at the end of the tunnel. At 25-35 you don’t even know you are in a tunnel or how long it is.

  • Well said, I’m 74 and started doing real estate photography after I retired from an IT job. Today is my first day off in a week and I’m happiest if I could shoot one day and have a day off to myself. I did 3 shoots this past Monday and didn’t like the feeling, I want to be able to take my time on a job and not have to hurry up to the next one. I do love shooting RE though.
    GM

  • After 50 years of commercial photography, I’m retired but because I love to shoot, I started a new career in fine art photography shooting ‘architecture’ and loving every minute. Some people are born to take pictures and can’t help themselves but to keep going. The more you love it, the better you get at it.

  • Very well said Jerry, 1 to 2 homes a day or every other day is fine. Before Vietnam I was going to be an Architect, but in the Navy, I fell in love with photography and became an industrial/aerospace photographer for over 20 years. But now, I combine my love for photography and architectural structures doing real estate and commercial buildings.
    But to answer a question. in 1970, While in photography school we did a field trip to a commercial photography studio and photographer who did most of the COKE ads in the back of Life Magazine. someone asked, “what camera did you use to shoot the ad with? The photographers answer was “I can shoot this with any cameras, what you should be asking, is how did I shoot this ad”.
    Many new photographers think they have to buy hi-end photo equipment to shoot real estate, or any photo assignments. The main thing is to learn your craft, equipment, and learn from others in your field. and here is a big problem for many………………..LEAVE YOUR EGOS AT HOME!!!!

    I have been a commercial photographer and aerospace photographer shooting all over the country and Canada for Sperry & Lockheed Martin, but I have learned so much from our fellow real estate photographers on this blog. The quality of work that has been showcased on this site is breathtaking. This has been a great learning experience for me, especially transitioning from film, to digital.

  • For photographing houses I use a $598 Sony A6000 with the 16-50 kit lens, 3 YN-560-IIIs with $20 slaves, a 30 year old Bogen tripod with a $45 10 year old ball head. I need no “pro gear” to do my work. It’s not the gear that makes the images, it’s the photographer!

  • Good article, thanks for sharing

  • Interesting demographic of replies… I’m 67, in Australia, need a few dollars a week extra to be comfortable, shoot three-four properties a week ( small catchment) am very good at what I do, LOVE the odd wedding– ten a year.. and am a very happy chappy. Use an old Canon 7D with two 580 EXs and a 10-18 EFS . All I need .. Lightroom and Photoshop do the rest. Helps when you have a loving wife.

  • Enjoyed the full article, well worth passing along.

    Seems I’m among the youngsters at 48 ;). The planets started ‘aligning’ for me about 3 years ago. Having been an avid photographer my entire life, it took a while for the commercial aspect to start coming together for me.

    Like many other things in life, it starts with one step. Then another. And then others after those. Eventually you’ve left yourself a trail.

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