âYour camera takes really nice pictures!â
The dreaded 6 words. For every photographer.
Sure, it is nice to have great equipment. I canât lie about that. I love each of my lenses like a child. Just ask my human children.
But clearly it is not just about the equipment.
Look at the two photos below:
Clearly one was taken by an amateur and the other by a professional. Must be the equipment, right?
What might surprise you is that:
IT IS THE SAME EQUIPMENT.
Hell, it is even the same photographer.
So why are they so different??
This is my ode to education.
Over a year ago, I made the decision to learn as much as I could about digital photography and to start a business. I have loved photography as an art form my whole life and studied extensively in the days of film. But digital was a new beast for me. And it scared me.
And so began my midlife crisis.
That first photo (which at the time I was ridiculously proud of but now makes me cringe) was inspired by my Google search for headshots. My daughter needed headshots so I looked up what they were.
Frankly, I was disappointed by what I saw. Soulless, dull, uninspired heads. (Try it! Google headshots and click on images and tell me you donât see it!). But then, there was one that jumped out at me.
I clicked it.
This is how I found Peter Hurley.
Peter is now a rock star in the photography world. But at the time, he was just starting on this journey.
A few months later, I looked him up again. I saw he was offering an online course. I hesitated. Thought I couldnât afford it.
But the thought was keeping me up at night.
Maybe it was time for me to pursue this dream?
So I jumped in. The rest is history.
Peter Hurley changed my relationship with the camera.
He changed my relationship with my subjects.
And he changed how I looked at myself.
So now, when I look at that after picture, I see the work of a professional photographer.
Thank you Peter.
By Anita Watkins