Photography Teacher’s Big News
Well big for me, and a little daunting (ok REALLY daunting).
Having been teaching photography for the last nine years, it’s probably about time I put some of that teaching into a book.
This could be the most difficult thing I have ever undertaken and I know that the success rate of budding authors statistically is not high (in fact it’s disastrous) but I feel I must try.
Over recent years a number of people have encouraged me to write a photography book and I have always said no. Frightened off largely by the immense amount of time needed and lack of confidence to do a decent job, I have procrastinated.
One of the things I have learned myself over the last nine years is that many of the photographers I meet, really don’t understand a number of the essential fundamentals of photography. Even people who have been shooting for years, some of them with seriously expensive gear, still seem to struggle with the most basic skills.
I’ve met people who work in their spare time shooting weddings, families and kids and seek my advice about their work. They are disappinted with their images and don’t know what they’re doing wrong. I’ve been genuinely surprised.
So this book is about getting those fundamentals explained simply and clearly. I am passionate about photography (God I hate it when people say they’re passionate about things, it’s such a cliche) but I am passionate, seriously. When I’m not teaching photography or shooting images for a living, I shoot for personal enjoyment. So I guess that qualifies me a passionate.
Anyway, my plan is to set aside Mondays (my day off) for writing. I have a wonderful working environment which should give me the undisturbed peace I need to focus, and my phone will be turned off as will my social media and email.
Wish me luck… I going to need it.