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50 things photography has taught me

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  • Date: 03 / 10 / 2014

Over the years, in photography has become more and more  a part of my life. It is not just a job, nor  I would call it a passion. Photograph has become my way of life. Over the years I realized that photography has reinforced some aspects of my character, blunted others and it has been a great teacher. If I had not had my camera in my hands I would never lived a good part of the wonderful experiences that  have shaped me.

 

I met great people,  I discovered the essence of many cities, I have traveled and I shared this love  with all my students.

 

THIS IS A SMALL LIST THAT I HAVE PREPARED WITH 50 THINGS I LEARNED THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY

 

  • - To be myself and believe in what I do, without compromising my work, my style and my desire to do better

  • - To be more curious

  • - To throw myself into the situation trying to understand the root of what’s happening

  • - Not to be afraid of confrontation, to show my work, accept feedbacks and appreciate constructive criticism

  • - To chat with strangers from all over the world

  • - To send hundreds of emails to be able to publish a1 single article

  • - To explore a new world every time I step out of the house

  • - To go to work and think "and I even get paid well to do what I do"

  • - Not to please the customers, but to surprise them with the characteristics that define my photography

  • - To not make the mistake number one of many "photographers" on Facebook - be the same like all the others

  • - Not to  underestimate my work and get paid misery ruining the photography market

  • - To say NO.

  • - To have patience

  • - To wait for the right moment

  • - To be Spontaneous

  • - To be able to appreciate the beauty in the small things

  • - That photography is a powerful medium of communication

  • - To spend whole days walking around observing and taking pictures with my heart instead of using my camera

  • - That you can learn always and from everyone.

  • - That the click is a consequence not a motivation

  • - That a portrait sometimes has to be asked ,  other time has to be stolen and other times only remembered

  • - That a good shot tell stories does not describe them

  • - To not make the mistake number two of many "photographer" on facebook - just discuss technology and cameras

  • - To understand that a good photographer can create good works  with a DSLR, mobile, compact, anything

  • - That a professional camera is just the camera used by a professional photogrpaher

  • - That excuses do not bring back moments. You would better   keep quiet and be ready for the next action.

  • - That the only way to do well what we do is to love it deeply

  • - That your photos will always have something wrong

  • - That there will always be a blogger or a Facebook user who will say '"I would have done ... but nice. "Or" nice, but ... bla bla)

  • - That in photography you must dare

  • - That there will always be someone who will tell you '"nice picture! what camera did you use? sure ... with cameras like yours ... " and will be shut them up when you will explain them  that it is a photo taken with my  iphone. :) SCORE!

  • - That some aunt, sister, friend of friends, cousin, relatives, family, grandchildren have a camera and therefore, for the supreme law of consequentiality, they  ARE photographers .. just  smile :)

  • - That the your website is your window onto the world. Most of the time 90% is based on how it is structured and not for the jobs and shots in it. ... I still have to understand it better

  • - Photography  means to be able to combine combine responsiveness, creativity, sensibility, technique and madness (at least in my case)

  • - That photography is a constant choice: which machine, what time, what subject, what iso, which setting, photos to keep, print delete, select, upload... I learned that  indecision leads to failure. it is way better to dare, risk and possibly make mistakes instead of not trying at all for the fear of failure and therefore not having any shots

  • - That to improve you must practice daily and fail constantly

  • - That there are no shortcuts, only different paths to walk

  • - That You have to be able to explain your  own style in 2 lines, otherwise you do not understand what kind of photographer you are

  • - That being afraid of photograph someone is equivalent not to fully  understand the real why we want to take that picture

  • - That in a Story made of 3000/4000 shots only 10-15 photos will be chosen .. thats the sad truth

  • - That success is achieved when you live the life you want to live or  you understand that you are on the right track . Money, publications and jobs do not really make you successful

  • - Every millimeter of our composition has a meaning - fill the frame - choose well

  • - Not to judge and remain objective toward the subjects of my stories, trying to investigate deeply their motivations and their past.

  • - That the first one who has to smile is the photographer :)

  • - That repressing yourself and living a life which is not yours is not what human being has been designed

  • - That being part of the masses kills creativity and determines stereotypes which you will unconsciously make yours

  • - That what’s taught in school and sometimes from  your most loved ones it is not always the best thing for you but what they believe it’s the safest.

  • - That you do not live to work, and you do not study to find a job. But we work to build a dream and you study to reinforce the foundations

  • - That life is too short to be too serious - therefore keep shooting  and enjoy :)

Roberto Zampino

Sono un fotografo documentarista/ritrattista. Ho vissuto e lavorato come fotografo e insegnante di fotografia a Cipro, in Italia e Londra. Specializzato in fotografia di viaggio, sport e “story telling” , producendo fotografie che combinano il mio coinvolgimento con i soggetti con un estetica unica e mai distaccata. Sono un fotografo “out there” , nomade, con il particolare talento di adattarmi ad ogni situazione e ambiente creando legami unici con i soggetti delle mie fotografie . ____________________________________
I am a documentary portrait photographer - I lived and worked as a freelance and photography teacher in Cyprus , Italy and London . My speciality is story telling photography, extreme sport and travel photography. I try to shoot combining my engagement with my subject and with a unique and never detached vision and esthetic. I am. Out there nomad photographer with the particularity of being able to adapt to any environment and situation creating bonds with the subjects of my photography.

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