100 Faces Featured on The Phoblographer + Some Tips
I had a great opportunity to do an interview with Dan Ginn, writer at The Phoblographer, about 100 Faces. You can read the article here. We discussed my approach and inspirations behind the project. I hope some of what I spoke about will be useful to those looking to do their own projects.
Speaking of which, I wanted to list a few tips on doing your own photography project. There are many more I could list and I’ll expand on the topic of photography projects in a future post. For now, here are a few to consider:
1. Have an intent.
Your intent is the “why” and “what” behind your project. While some projects are simply about aesthetics, many projects are trying to say something. Think about what you’re trying to say with the work and focus in on that in the very beginning. This will help focus the entire project and keep it consistent throughout. If at some point, you find yourself losing your way, reflect back on your intent and that will serve as the compass to get you back on track.
2. Simplify your process.
I’m working on an upcoming post about photography gear and my general approach to shooting, but I’ll say here that the easier you can make your process, the more fun you’ll have doing it. Especially if your project is a long-term endeavor. Some projects will require lots of planning, styling, art direction, etc. But when it comes to your photographic approach, try to keep it simple. For 100 Faces, I used one camera and one lens at the exact same setting. Nikon D810, 85mm f/1.8D at f/2.2 every time. When I approached people, I didn’t have to fiddle with settings or worry about the images looking inconsistent. This made it far easier for me to approach people and focus on the photographs themselves, not my equipment.
3. Don’t be ashamed to promote.
Most of us know someone who is always promoting the hell outta themselves. Don’t be that person. But also, don’t be afraid to share your work. Post it on your social media, put it on your website, run ads, enter it in contest, and research other avenues to get your work in front of people. Art of art sake is cool, but if you want to have a career or at the very least see some sort of success from your project, you’ll need to promote it. Don’t be ashamed to tell people, “Hey, I did this awesome project. I’d love for you to check it out.” You’ll be surprised at how people respond and where it may lead.
That’s all for now. Short and sweet.
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