My Mentors in Photography
Mentors are people who help you along the way so you can get to where you want to go in life. Many times they teach or show you how to perform a certain skill or trade, and it's usually hands-on work. For me I was self-taught, but I still had my mentors. They are either alive or dead, and most don't know me from Adam. But their work influenced me, and I think it's important that I share who my mentors are.
Ansel Adams - This photography giant is at the top of many a new photographer's list; and he is certainly there on mine. Adams was a true pioneer when ii came to composition and structure of a photo. His photographs told stories of the American West like no one else ever could, especially of Yellowstone. I sum up his work in one word: Amazing. You can visit his gallery here and even purchase a replica of one of his works if you desire.
Karl Taylor - Owner/operator of Karl Taylor Photography in the United Kingdom, Karl is one of the best photographers in the entire world. He specializes in commercial photography, but he teaches the basics of photography to so many people and changes how people think about photography in ways that are truly amazing. I discovered Karl via social media and continue to follow his work to this day, whether it's on YouTube, Facebook or somewhere else. You can see some of his work here.
Jim Livingston - Owner of Jim Livingston Art in Amarillo, Texas, Jim captures landscapes of the Texas Panhandle like no one else can, period. I discovered Jim on Facebook about a year ago and immediately fell in love what what this man can do. We exchange messages occasionally on Facebook, and I follow him via his new newsletter and webpage. Jim hasn't necessarily known that I consider him to be a long-distance mentor, but if he's reading this entry (I told him about this blog)...well, I guess he knows it now! You can see Jim Livingston's excellent work here, and please subscribe to his newsletter and perhaps purchase a print or two.
Digital Photography School - OK, so this is a website. So why do I list a website as a mentor? DPS has just about anything and everything one can learn about photography, and among the best things about this is that it is FREE. Yes, there are other websites that show you how you can learn photography, but DPS is the best by far in my opinion. You can visit the DPS website here.
There are several other photographers that qualify as mentors to some degree, but these three are the best in my book. That doesn't mean they have to be yours as well; everyone has their own mentors in the area they wish to pursue. As I like to say, your mileage may vary...but it simply depends on where you want to go and how you want to get there. There's no real wrong way to learn photography; my path worked out for me and I am merely suggesting my way to you.
So get out there and learn, and don't be afraid to learn even more, practice and do what you love. It may take a little while, but after you take those first few steps you'll begin to walk and then run. I assure you that you won't regret it.
Until next time, everyone...
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