Posts tagged jeremy cowart
My iphone is better than your camera. No it's not.

This time last year I bought the iphone 5s and I was excited about it's potential with photography and video.  

After doing some research, I stumbled upon two iphonography advocatesJeremy Cowart and Chase Jarvis.  

I was stunned that these guys actually thought that you could be a professional photographer shooting with your iphone.

Here is Jarvis' iPhone portfolio.

Here's Cowart's.

Mine  ⬇︎

 

Bipolar Disorder and Photography

 

Recently I was featured on Broken Light Collective's gallery.  They are an organization that enhances "the lives of people living with or affected by mental illness through the use of therapeutic photography".

I have been waiting for an opportunity to share this part of my life and I feel this will do.

I have Bipolar II.  Bipolar II is a more mild form of the commonly heard of mental illness, Bipolar I, that results in depression and mania. 

This has actually been one of the catalyst to my quite successful creative life according to "The link Between Bipolar Disorders and Creativity: Evidence From Personality and Temperament Studies." (2010) by S. Ketter Srivastava.  A study from Karolinska Institute in Sweden also shows that families with a history of bipolar...were more likely to produce creative people.  

Yay for me. Right?

Well yeah kind of,  but I will tell you this:

I do struggle everyday to keep it together.  My family, health, job, creative projects and the like continually fill my mind with energy and daunting taxation. 

Photography, and being creative in general, has been my prime source of therapy.  

As you enjoy my photos understand that they are not just photos but they are an extension of me, my thoughts and a lot of times they're not happy.  


Recently, one of my favorite photographers, Jeremy Cowart, was asked to do an interview with only one question asked: "What is the single most effective marketing tactic you use to grow your photography business?"

His response: "I wear my heart on my sleeve"


 

enjoy my heart guys.

-Mark

 

Need to pay the bills? Take more photos.

I have taught hundreds of young people up to this point in my life.  Many of them proclaim early on that they want to be a "photographer".  The most common type is a "National Geographic" photographer.  This one sits along side many other rare jobs that the young, zealous heart can't help but dream about.  There's nothing wrong with this, in fact, I encourage this sort of loftiness when stating long-term goals and what you eventually aspire to be.  Here's a few quick facts and tips to help you on your way to stardom. 

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FACT #1  Did you know that in 2012 the median pay for a photographer was $13.70 per hour! 

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Photographers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/media-and communication/photographers.htm (visited August 20, 2014).

TIP #1  Don't think about the money.  

Starting out it's important to focus on getting better and shooting.  I know it's tempting to spend hours on your "portfolio" website and making it look like your a "pro" when you're not (I did this by the way), but when it comes down to it your struggles and process of "becoming is what shows others your level of professionalism and why they should you money for a photo shoot over the next "average Joe" photographer. 


FACT #2   236,100 are uploaded every minute on Facebook and Instagram.  (Gizmodo)

 TIP #2   Your photos better get people's attention.   Make and post original, consistent photos that make people think.  Be original, simple and surprising! During my graduate program I had an instructor in one of my photography classes say "the world doesn't need more photographers , it needs more people who pay attention".

 

FACT #3  Lots of people hate their job and it shows through their work. Even though I am not following the "rule", I am the source here.  I have been around 100's and 100's of miserable people over the past 12 years and they suck at what they do.  If you still need a source, here you go.

TIP #3  Don't be a photographer if you wouldn't do it for free.   I am convinced that one of the keys to life is simply doing what you love without money being a factor. 

 

Here are some pros who do this stuff well and inspire me. Please check them out and like their stuff: Chase Jarvis, Jeremy Cowart, Joey L. And Sam Hurd

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Stay hungry and keep shooting guys.

Cheers! 

Mark