In my mind, I'm still learning, but I've reached a point where I'm very comfortable with what I do. Perhaps too comfortable, but that's not a bad place to be when you're ready to teach others who are following a similar road. It's also a great place to be because you can try new things, knowing you can retreat to an area of safety if you need to. As a working professional, this takes away a lot of stress: if I go out on a tangent and it doesn't work, I know I can still produce something my clients will love by reverting to what I already know. I think of my experience as a security blanket.
So, I reckon that having a few years experience is also a big advantage for people who read my articles and watch my movies. I know first hand what it's like to be a photographer. I know what it's like to wish you had a few extra lenses in your camera bag, how bad it feels when you mess up a photograph, how it is to struggle with computers. But I also know what it's like to work with the best equipment in the world, shoot large campaigns for international clients and to win major photography awards. I'm a lucky person because I live doing what I love and I never take it for granted.
Today, what gives me the biggest thrill is helping other photographers. There's nothing better than an email from someone who attended a seminar or read an article, thanking me for giving them a hand.
And with the internet changing the way we can communicate, I now realize I have a great opportunity to share what I know with a wider audience. You don't have to live in Australia or attend one of my seminars to access my material or magazines, you can simply surf the Better Photography website.
As a publisher, I'm hoping you'll like the free stuff on this website so much you'll want to subscribe for the paid content as well. And based on the initial success of the movies and back issues, I've introduced a couple of subscriptions and now the Master Classes.
When I lecture around Australia and the world, I'm usually talking about portraiture or landscapes, and it tends to revolve around Photoshop. Photoshop is definitely an important part of what I do as a photographer, but it's not everything and sometimes I worry that people who see my seminars think that all they need to do is learn Photoshop.
Unfortunately, Photoshop alone isn't enough. You need to start with a good photograph in the camera, and good photographs will only come from ideas, from creativity, and from inspiration. How can I teach everything I know in a single seminar?
To teach everything I know will take time. And even when you learn something, I know from personal experience that it takes time for new ideas to sink in, to become a part of what you do as a photographer. And so the idea of a year long MasterClass was born.
When you join a MasterClass, you can slip straight into the process as quickly or as slowly as you like. Previous classes will be available for you to review, so if a class has already been going for a number of months, you can ‘catch' up, but that's not the idea.
The idea is for you to assimilate my approach to photography - and adapt it to your own style - over a period of time. I don't believe you can read a few articles and instantly take perfect photos, but I know that if you stick with our MasterClass that your photography will improve in leaps and bounds.
And I'm confident enough to offer you a money back guarantee if it doesn't improve your photography.
The Better Photography MasterClasses are premium subscriptions. They represent a lot of work and, I hope, great value, but they are not for everyone. Less experienced photographers may be better off with a subscription to Better Photography and upgrade to the MasterClass once they're sure that their passion is photography.
My undertaking is to share with you what I know about photography. If you like my photography, I'm sure you'll like my MasterClasses.
So, that's what makes me tick. There has never been a better time in history to be a photographer. There's so much to learn and so much you can do that I hope you'll consider joining a Better Photography MasterClass.