Look inside the picture
(slow piano music)
You have to learn to look inside your photos. You have to really put a magnifying glass on your photos. I think I said before that when I first really started out shooting, I would take a picture on a Monday that looked absolutely... I was convinced that it was the equivalent to the Sistine Chapel. And then on Tuesday the film would come back and I would be slightly disappointed and then I would look at it again on Wednesday and then kind of throw it out. So one of the things I began early on to analyze is what was the breakdown here between my brain and analyzing pictures and so on. And of course, a lot of times technical ability did let me down at the beginning. So I had a vision in my head of a shot and I just didn't have enough experience to carry that out. But of course, your photography will get better the more you do it. The more you shoot, you get better. If you shoot two pictures a day, and it's about quality, not quantity, but certainly in the beginning, ...
you wanna be shooting 100 pictures a day, you wanna keep shooting, keep shooting, keep shooting. So analyzing the picture, put it on a wall, stare at it, go to sleep looking at it, and then when you wake up in the morning have another look at it. And then put it in a drawer, then pull it out a week later. Because great photography has to stand the test of time. An image that you took, once you get older, an image that you took 20 years ago has to look just as, you should be proud to put it in a book or in a gallery show today, even though it's 20 years old. Basically, concentrating on your photography, looking for art all the time, pressurizing yourself to be better and better and better. And it has to be a parallel journey. I agree that technique is important, but you should try and develop technique in an artistic way, not just reading about the latest gear. You should be, how do I put this, how can I use this new piece of equipment in an artistic way to make my pictures stronger and more memorable? (slow piano music)