You probably heard that nothing worthwhile comes easy, as an entrepreneur experience has taught me that.
I started my photography journey a few years ago, Yes with those cameras, back in the days of film photography. It was hard being a rookie with a film or analog camera. I remember vividly how I lost tons of money using the same setting for outdoor shoot and shooting with the same setting indoor.
There was no LCD to ‘Chimp’ (Chimping is a colloquial term used in digital photography to describe the habit of checking every photo on the camera display (LCD) immediately after capture.) Back then, it cost a lot if you didn’t know what you were doing.
Fast forward a few years, I’ve learned that the best teacher is experience, I’ve made mistakes, lots of mistakes, and I’ve learned from them. I’ve done photography assignments within and out of Nigeria, Brazil, Atlanta Georgia, Dubai , Barbados , Egypt, South Africa , Addis Ababa to mention a few.
I teach photography at www.sholaanimashaun.com/academy and speak at conferences when I’m not busy shooting weddings or other assignments. I mentor numbers of photographers and some of our academy grads have won several photography awards ( Yea! Call that bragging rights, lol)”
I read this message on Shola Animashaun’s Facebook page, and it made me smile really hard. I’ve known Shola for many years now, and have worked with him on several projects. I once had someone ask me why I prefer to work with Shola when there are so many other ‘great photographers’ out there. And my response was, “Shola is Disciplined, and Humble. Also, I am guaranteed that my photo’s will get to me.” While this may not seem like a big deal to most people, it is everything to me. You see, many people carry expensive cameras. Many people take amazing photos. But not many people are humble enough to actually listen to their clients needs. I understand that Photographers like to be given creative control, and I completely respect that. But you see, as a creative myself, I get a bit irritated when a photographer makes up a story about why they cannot shoot a particular way, or why they picked the not-so-great photos over the great photos in a final pick. And yes they ALWAYS try to justify themselves. Much respect to my photographers out there who actually LISTEN TO THEIR CLIENTS. We appreciate you.
Ok, so back to Shola. He’s a Legend. He’s continuously learning, getting better, conquering old grounds, exploring new grounds, and he always gives you his ear. For me, that’s Gold.
Follow Him On: @SholaAnimashaun
On a side (but related) note, I think every photographer should read this book:
Studio Anywhere: A Photographer’s Guide to Shooting in Unconventional Locations by Nick Fancher
Studio Anywhere by Nick Fancher is a resource for photographers to learn from behind-the-scenes photos and lighting diagrams from a range of photo shoots. But it doesn’t stop there. Because directing a photo shoot involves more than simply knowing how to wield a camera or process a raw file, Nick also lets you in on the aesthetic decisions he makes in his signature photos, inspiring you to develop your own vision. And, finally, he describes his Lightroom and Photoshop workflow so you can learn how to deftly navigate post-processing.