I came across this video from ProFoto, a light manufacturer. Some serious wisdom from this photographer. Listen to the interview. Think about it.
A client asked me last week when I became a perfectionist. I suppose, it is just character. The more I think about it though, I want to make the best images possible. I want excellence not perfection. I’m not sure perfection is attainable. Excellence is. So a photographer should work hard. To bring in lighting when he must. To leave out lighting when the photograph will create the right mood. Take time to consider different views. To decide when the best time of day is to make the photograph and then be ready when the time is right. To work hard at making images that will be remembered. Mary Ellen Mark talks about the “iconic image” and that every photographer should have some in them. I wonder how many of us photographers are looking for that image. The thought can also be applied to any profession, trade or hobby.
To do anything well is very hard. To be o.k. is easy.
Mary Ellen Mark has an excellent website: http://www.maryellenmark.com/