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This is some of the best advice I’ve ever heard, from Art Streiber

Art Streiber’s advice for emerging photographers

Diego Cuevara, a Miami-based art director, designer, and photographer, did a Q&A with Art Streiber for his TheeBlog a while back, that covers how Art fell in love with photography, his approach to celebrity portraiture, and collaborating with clients, among other subjects. Click here for the full interview, which also includes the following—Art’s advice to aspiring photographers.
TheeBlog: What would be your advice to all those photographers out there trying to get discovered and featured by big publications or studios?
Art Streiber:
• Immerse yourself in the genre of photography that you’re interested in pursuing.
• Go to bookstores and stare at the photography section.
• Go to the newsstand and open EVERY SINGLE magazine that is of remote interest to you.
• Make a list of your dream clients, your nearly accessible clients and your easily accessible clients.
• Tear the mastheads out of your target magazines and put them on the wall.
• Focus your energy and break up the big tasks into bite-size pieces.
• Do incredible work.
• Make 4×6 or 3×5 prints of that incredible work and put it on the wall so you can see what you’re up to and how your work is developing.
• Keep your website CONSTANTLY updated and fresh.
• Remember that you take yourself to the next level and it’s up to you to figure out what that next level is and how to get there.
• Make sure that you have a strong sense of your own aesthetic.
• Self assign.
• Take advantage of your downtime. It’s a gift.
• Ask for help. Ask for other opinions of your work and then weigh their merit.
• Surround yourself with incredibly supportive and hardworking people and then support them in return.
• Custom Print your digital images the way we used to custom print our negatives in the darkroom. The Canon jpeg algorithms are excellent, but they shouldn’t be the last word on how you present your photograhy to the world.
TheeBlog: Any tips on what NOT to do?
• Don’t let your website get old and musty.
• Don’t be a pest to your potential clients.
• Don’t make excuses.
• Don’t beat yourself up for an extended period of time.
• Don’t make the mistake of including an image in your portfolio or on your website that isn’t AMAZING, just because the process of creating that image was exceptionally difficult.

ASMP San Diego Portfolio Review coming February 22nd

Are you getting your work seen?  ASMP San Diego will be holding it’s Second Annual Portfolio Review on Saturday February 22nd, 2014.  We have a tremendous list of agencies attending this year!  We all know how hard it is to get your work in front of the decision makers. This is a great opportunity to hit several in one day.  Don’t miss out!  Register at this link!

Best Camera Bags in the Business

Over my 20+ year photography career, I’ve used many different bags and cases to carry all sorts of gear.   Recently, I had been in the market for a new camera bag, so while attending the Photo Plus Expo in NYC last year,  I decided it was time to bite the bullet.  I walked the floor at the expo from front to back and looked at every single camera bag maker on the that was represented.  And if you’ve been there, you know that is no small task in itself.  All had their ups and downs, but one system/company stood out above all others.  Their products are designed by photographers for photographers and come with some really ingenius options.  The price point is extremely competitive and the customer service is unmatched.   Without going into the details on specific bags and features, (I’ll let you explore on your own) let me just say, if you’re in the market, you simply cannot go wrong with Think Tank!