Recently I got an email asking me about sharing work online. It's a great question, and one I have struggled with for a long time. It can feel like “giving away” your work with all the opportunities for people to use your art without permission.
And there are different ways to share your work online … it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. So if you've already decided you will share consider how you might share. For example, you can share detail shots, in progress shots, or photos of your work in context (a distance shot of your work on a table or easel, etc.). Additionally, sizing the digital file small enough will also help protect her work (I recommend 150 DPI at 72 quality) and embedding the digital file with your copyright info (name, email, and year of creation) will help protect your image as well.
On the topic I also recommend the book, "Show Your Work," by Austin Kleon.
Ultimately though, the most question may be: What are your goals with your creative output? That can define how and what you share. But that's a big question. You may not know the answer yet. Here are four additional questions you can ask yourself to begin to uncover your answer:
How does this land on you today? Share in the comments; I'd love to hear what you have to say.
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Students come to me, pages of notes in hand, flustered and confused about how watching a gazillion (yes, that's a precise number) videos online has not helped them better understand photography. They know terminology and turn their camera dials, but their ability to metabolize all this information together in a helpful way is nonexistent.
The temptation is real, people. Countless free online videos promise better understanding of your camera, or how photography works. And so many online teachers offer great tips. But here's the trouble with all this limitless accessible free knowledge: it's not contextualized.
Photography is one of those art forms where the information builds. When taught well (and cohesively) each piece adds a layer, like building a pyramid.
Imagine trying to build a pyramid with a thousand blocks at your feet. Each block is identified by it's name, and a definition of the name. But you're given no instructions on the order the blocks go in, connection between the blocks, or how they interrelate.
Now imagine building the same pyramid with the same thousand blocks, and a guide to help you figure out which pieces go first, how the materials support the weight of the lighter or heavier blocks, and where each differently shaped piece fits in the whole pyramid building plan. This is what a great teacher can do -- they can connect the dots, explain complicated processes in easy to understand terms, and show you the best path to understanding photography for how you learn.
So, here's your homework: stop watching YouTube videos and find a great instructor. If you don't already know one I'm happy to help you learn your camera in the best way for you. Click here to learn more about 1-on-1 sessions (via Skype or in person) and upcoming classes I teach.
When has a great teacher helped you overcome a learning block? I'd love to hear your stories in the comments.