Should A Photographer Specialise or not ...

November 28, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Should I specialise in a specific type of photography ?? Should a photographer be a specialist ?Should a photographer be a specialist ?Should a photographer be a specialist ?

 

 

Ok so this is a question that been running around my brain for a little while .. do client's expect me to be a single type of photographer or is it OK to be a more generalist.  There are of course some things you need to be a specialist for ... I'm not sure I'd want to try to be Formula 1 photographer, or try to capture the Grand National but for the things I can take a photo of why not ...

I like to think of my camera as an instrument that I can play ... much like a guitar, which by the way I also do.  The resulting tune is therefore a picture and to stretch an already tenuous analogy even thinner the various buttons and knobs are the frets and strings ... 

 

 

What do you mean a camera and guitar are similar ?

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Ok so bear with me ... if you think about it both photography and music are a form of expression, a type of art.  Both can move people, and the results can mean different things to different people, or to the same person at different times.

As a guitar player I play really bad Dad Rock ... you know Oasis, Beatles and the like.  I've been doing it for years and I'm a bit rubbish at it but it's fun.  I also learn a lot from each of the songs I learn to play.  There are patterns that repeat and you would be surprised how similar some songs can be.  Master 5 or 6 chords and that's most of it in the palm of your hand.  

So to stretch my musical legs every now and again I'll maybe try my hand a bit of Jazz or Funk, maybe play acoustic rather than plugged in, I can use one pedal or another ... you get the drift.  

 

 

So how does that make you a better photographer ?

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And isn't that the same for photography.  I mean I love taking pictures at barmitzvahs, weddings and portraits but if that's all I took pictures of I might go slightly mad ... so I diversify and shoot indoors and outdoors, with strobes and flashes, zoom and prime lenses.  I took that even further and even built a brand for boudoir and contemporary portraiture ... here

But is it OK to also say I can take pictures of products, interior design and decor maybe even landscapes ... after all I both borrow and lend the techniques across all of these fields.

Does it confuse you ?

So does it confuse you ?

Does it detract you if I say I'm a specialist or generalist ?

Do you even mind as long as I can deliver the job ?

 

 


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