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469: Dan Milnor - Breaking Free: Why Ditching Social Media Could Be The Best Creative Move For Your Photography

May 02, 2024 Raymond Hatfield
469: Dan Milnor - Breaking Free: Why Ditching Social Media Could Be The Best Creative Move For Your Photography
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469: Dan Milnor - Breaking Free: Why Ditching Social Media Could Be The Best Creative Move For Your Photography
May 02, 2024
Raymond Hatfield

In today's episode of the podcast, I chat with Dan Milnor, an acclaimed documentary photographer who shares transformative insights on creativity, industry challenges, and the true impact of social media on your work.

The Big Ideas:

  • Seek Inspiration, Not Imitation: Embrace the storytelling and influence behind another artist's work rather than copying style or gear.
  • The Value of Authentic Engagement: Understand social media's shallow interactions and focus on building a genuine audience.
  • Embracing a Multifaceted Identity: Delve into various creative outlets to enrich your photography and personal brand.
  • Isolation for Innovation: Discover how stepping away from the crowd can enhance your unique voice and creativity.

Photography Action Plan:

  • Explore Outside Influences: Visit the websites of conceptual artists or photographers you admire at least a few times per year. Jot down what elements of their work inspire you the most. Incorporate what resonates with you into your photography, be it their storytelling approach or their thematic focus, to craft a richer narrative in your images.
  • Prioritize Care with Equipment: Familiarize yourself with the functionalities of your current equipment, such as the exposure compensation dial, to enhance your shooting efficiency without the need to upgrade immediately.
  •  Engage in Long-Term Projects: Select a subject matter that sparks your curiosity and devote time to a long-term photographic project. This commitment often leads to deeper insights and more substantive work. Resist the industrial pressure to multitask on numerous short-term endeavors and instead focus on developing a solid body of work that reflects your dedication and skill.
  •  Rethink Social Media Engagement: Create a portfolio website showcasing your unique photographic work to establish a professional online presence that's independent of social media validation. Begin reducing your reliance on social media platforms by actively seeking genuine engagement with your audience through direct channels like newsletters or local exhibitions.
  • Embrace a Multifaceted Approach to Photography: Invest time in developing additional skills that complement your photography, such as writing or video, which can enhance your storytelling capabilities and marketability. Explore your other interests and hobbies alongside photography. These pursuits can provide fresh perspectives and inspirations, enriching the creative content of your photographic work.


Resources:

Grab your free 52 Lightroom Presets at
http://freephotographypresets.com/

Transform your Love for Photography into Profit for FREE with CloudSpot Studio.
And get my Wedding and Portrait Contract and Questionnaires, at no cost!
Sign up now at http://deliverphotos.com/

Watch the Free Maximizing Mini Sessions Video training and start earning money with your camera!
https://beginnerphotopod.com/minis

Connect with the Beginner Photography Podcast!


Thanks for listening & keep shooting!

Show Notes

In today's episode of the podcast, I chat with Dan Milnor, an acclaimed documentary photographer who shares transformative insights on creativity, industry challenges, and the true impact of social media on your work.

The Big Ideas:

  • Seek Inspiration, Not Imitation: Embrace the storytelling and influence behind another artist's work rather than copying style or gear.
  • The Value of Authentic Engagement: Understand social media's shallow interactions and focus on building a genuine audience.
  • Embracing a Multifaceted Identity: Delve into various creative outlets to enrich your photography and personal brand.
  • Isolation for Innovation: Discover how stepping away from the crowd can enhance your unique voice and creativity.

Photography Action Plan:

  • Explore Outside Influences: Visit the websites of conceptual artists or photographers you admire at least a few times per year. Jot down what elements of their work inspire you the most. Incorporate what resonates with you into your photography, be it their storytelling approach or their thematic focus, to craft a richer narrative in your images.
  • Prioritize Care with Equipment: Familiarize yourself with the functionalities of your current equipment, such as the exposure compensation dial, to enhance your shooting efficiency without the need to upgrade immediately.
  •  Engage in Long-Term Projects: Select a subject matter that sparks your curiosity and devote time to a long-term photographic project. This commitment often leads to deeper insights and more substantive work. Resist the industrial pressure to multitask on numerous short-term endeavors and instead focus on developing a solid body of work that reflects your dedication and skill.
  •  Rethink Social Media Engagement: Create a portfolio website showcasing your unique photographic work to establish a professional online presence that's independent of social media validation. Begin reducing your reliance on social media platforms by actively seeking genuine engagement with your audience through direct channels like newsletters or local exhibitions.
  • Embrace a Multifaceted Approach to Photography: Invest time in developing additional skills that complement your photography, such as writing or video, which can enhance your storytelling capabilities and marketability. Explore your other interests and hobbies alongside photography. These pursuits can provide fresh perspectives and inspirations, enriching the creative content of your photographic work.


Resources:

Grab your free 52 Lightroom Presets at
http://freephotographypresets.com/

Transform your Love for Photography into Profit for FREE with CloudSpot Studio.
And get my Wedding and Portrait Contract and Questionnaires, at no cost!
Sign up now at http://deliverphotos.com/

Watch the Free Maximizing Mini Sessions Video training and start earning money with your camera!
https://beginnerphotopod.com/minis

Connect with the Beginner Photography Podcast!


Thanks for listening & keep shooting!