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How many of you remember sitting in high school or college right around graduation time and someone came to speak to you about the “real world”? I was asked a few months ago to speak to the entire photography class, some kids were days away from graduating and others still had one more year.
As always they told me to do whatever I wanted which could be a good and bad thing depending on my mood. But I can tell you I kept it pretty clean and mostly PG 13.
What can I tell these students that will resonate with them in their photography life? Can I tell them that most of the kids I graduated with ended up not becoming photographers? That is a true statement and I think it had to be said. If you never face the truth about photography you will be blindsided by how hard it is to make it.
Every time I speak with photographers these days who are looking to go full time I keep reminding them that very few photographers actually can make a sustainable living doing this. I tell them if they have a full time or part time regular job that there is nothing wrong with that. That is a place to start and guarantee some money coming in. The photography starts off as extra cash in your pocket and can turn in to something more.
Really I think you just have to sit back and listen or watch my candid speech that I gave to the photography students at Antonelli Institute.
We all work our butts off day in and day off and Labor Day is our day to take a break. I wanted to share with you a special little sale that I came up with for Labor Day Weekend.
There is a 2 Shirt Random Special that includes 2 FREE wrist bands and 6 stickers for ONLY $22.22 (normal value $35)
Winter is coming so now would be a great time to pick up a hoodie or three. Hoodies are all $5 off and come with 2 FREE wrist bands and 6 FREE Stickers.
If you live outside of the Untied States shipping prices may vary. Unfortunately shipping costs keep going up for shipping around the world. Whatever the shipping costs come out to be is what we pass along to you.
Like the title says, this is how to turn a functioning DSLR into a peephole. I want to let you know that I do not leave the Nikon D800 on the door, that privilege goes to the Nikon N90s film camera.
Everyone knows I like to be different and do things slightly different. When I moved into my new loft and there was no peephole in the door I got the bright idea to turn a SLR and Lens into my peephole.
The first issue was picking the right lens for the job. The lens could not be to long or it would stick out the other side of the door. It also couldn’t be too short or you would never be able to attach an actual camera to it.
So my construction guys came up with the idea to get a PVC pipe, cut a hole in the fire proof door, glue the PVC pipe and slide the lens into it. We got lucky in the fact that the lens fit perfectly into the 2 1/2 inch diameter.
Now when people come to my door I can look through the camera, focus and take pictures of who ever is standing there.
I may attach a DSLR to it from time to time to take pictures of people when they come to my door without knowing I am taking their picture. That would make for a fun scrap book, catching people off guard in pictures.
One thing to think about is if you live outside this may not work for you. I luckily live in a building where my entrance opens up in the inside.
We truly live in an amazing time. We have access to things that our parents did not have and our grandparents could never dream of. We have the ability to be and do anything we want.
The times have changed, some would say for the better, others would say for the worse. But when in history have you had a chance to do anything you want, make your own way in this world and have a fighting chance.
I grew up in a family where my brother and I were told we can be anything we want. My dad always worked for himself and I learned from an early age that I had a problem conforming and probably would need to work for myself. My mom was the teacher, the one who saw the best in everyone she met. She wanted to help and bring good into the world.
But not everyone had the same upbringing. Some people are told they have to be this or they have to be that. They have to work that 9-5 job for the next 35 years until they retire. They count the days until the weekend and start that process over and over and over again.
The truth of the matter is regardless of how you were brought up as of this second you have a chance to do and be anything you want. Never in our history have you had so much opportunity to be something, something that you always wanted to be.
There are no more gatekeepers, you can get to any celebrity, musician, artist, tech visionary or other people just like you. If you want something you CAN make it happen, the tools are at our disposal.
I have friends who paint little paintings and make little trinkets and successfully sell them online to support their family. They took their talent and they did something with it. They opened an online store and brought their corner of the world to everyone else. Thats the beauty today, it is a numbers game, there are plenty of people willing to spend a few dollars for something you create.
I have another friend who makes little robots, yes little robots. They are cute, unique and people are buying them. First it started off with her making them as gifts to give to friends. Slowly friends told friends who in turn wanted to give the gift of a robot to their friends and a business was born. Now she has a web store and can hardly keep up with the orders.
What is the point of me saying this, the point is there has never been a time in our history where you have a chance to write your own book, be your own boss. You have the ability to take that idea that is in your head and actually turn it in to a reality. You can slowly build a following, you can work nights and weekends but instead of working for someone else you are building your own thing. The tools are here for us all, we all start in the same place, we all start from scratch and build from there.
Part of me writing this tonight was inspired by a kickstarter project for a “menurky”, you will just have to click here to see exactly what that is. In all honesty the product is irrelevant but what is relevant is that fact that this project has raised $26,000 and is fully funded. Do you see what is going on here, a kid has an idea and because we have so much access today he is able to bring it to reality and I bought one.
The point is there are so many ideas out there and so many people ready to get behind them. If you have an idea, go for it, take some free time and start the process of making it a reality. Don’t give up, keep fighting because it will be well worth your time and effort.