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** Time flies. On creating a body of work.

It doesn't take too long to create a solid body of work. If you are diligent, you could do it in 2 years. Other bodies of work can take you 5-10 years.

This sounds like a long time, but it isn't. Time flies by extremely quickly. Do you remember being a college freshman, blinking your eyes, and suddenly you graduated? Do you remember being at your job the last 4 years? Do you remember seeing your kids grow up the last 4 years?

Of course it is always hard to make time for our photography. Life always gets in the way. But if you stay your project or body of work today, you will have images you are proud of in just a short time.

I also advocate working on a series or a project rather than just single images. 4 years working on just single images can net you a few interesting standalone photos. But 4 years working on a project can help you create a memorable body of work, which allows you to go deep into your subject matter and create more meaningful work.

So what do you have to lose? Start your body of work today. 
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To bad it took me 10 years to figure this out. 
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Today I share this video interview I did with Hector Isaac, a talented up-and-coming street photographer from Miami (currently based in LA). Check out his superb color work and thoughts on street photography! #streettogs
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Thanks - just checked out Strata. Some really good work there.
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A spot just opened up in my Toronto street photo workshop, and still have a few more spots for LA, Vancouver, Vietnam, Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Sydney, Melbourne, and London! 
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Street photography tip: To find things more interesting in your everyday life, imagine you were an alien viewing your life from the outside for the first time. #streettogs 
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I like to try and pretend that I'm on holiday, and pretend I'm seeing the city in which I live for the first time. 
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Street photography tip: Watch out for messy backgrounds.

Avoid getting cars, distracting people, and overlapping figures in the background. Many street photographers I know who start off totally disregard the background and simply look for interesting subjects.

A good way to simplify your backgrounds are to avoid shooting into the streets where cars drive. Rather, face shooting storefronts. Also try to make sure there aren't distracting figures when you're shooting your primary subject. Take a lot of photos to ensure this.

Another strategy is to first find a simple background, and wait for the right person to enter the scene (this is called the "fishing" technique).

By simplifying your backgrounds, you will put more focus on your subjects. This can help you create a more compelling image.

#streettogs 
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+Tobias Weisserth Well said Tobias! :)
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What you decide to leave out of the frame is more important than what you decide to include in the frame. 
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...deciding what to include or exclude from the frame is as much an editing process as deciding which photos to show and which to hide or discard.  -The Observe Collective

http://blog.observecollective.com/2014/03/12/the-critical-edit/
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What do you think makes a great picture? 
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Composition, interesting subject, post-processing technique,(too many street photographers don't seem to see value in this) and time of day. I usually don't like photos taken mid-day due to the light being too harsh. 
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Photos from my "Detroit" series. Shot in Michigan from 2012-2013
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## On shooting for yourself :

I recently finished reading "The Snowball", a biography on the life of Warren Buffett, one of the most successful investors of all time. One inspirational thing I got from the book was how Buffett always played by his "inner scorecard" - - staying true to himself and his own standards. Seeking to please himself, and not others.

I think sometimes photographers think photography is a sport with clear winners and losers. But photography isn't a zero sum game. There are no point system. Rather we sometimes use social media follower numbers, the amount of exhibitions we've had, the books we've published, the gear we own, to validate our self worth (compared to other photographers).

But screw all of that. Shoot based on your own "inner scorecard". Challenge yourself in photography, and know you aren't competing with anyone. There are no clear winners or losers. We should focus on collaborating with one another, rather than worrying about who is a better photographer or who has more "favorites" or "likes".

Don't aim to be the best photographer out there. Rather, aim to the best photographer you can become. 
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