I have a quote for today it is, “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” It’s by Henri Cartier-Bresson. Basically, what that means is that your first 10,000 photographs are not going to be as good as the photographs that you take after you’ve taken 10,000 photographs because you really get good at taking photographs by repeating that over and over again and going through your work and looking at them and picking out what’s good. Not only do you have to take 10,000 photographs, but you have to be able to pinpoint which ones are good photographs and why they’re good photographs.
Take at least 10,000 photographs as soon as you can so that you can have the practice. Practice makes perfect as they say and it’s true with photography as well. The Beatles were very good at playing music because before they were famous and had really great albums and had great music videos and had awesome concerts they played in a nightclub called The Cavern in Liverpool 275 times. They played there for many many hours and they just kept doing that over and over again. Finally, they perfected their music and style and they were able to then be ready for the next phase of their music career, which was being one of the greatest music bands that everyone has ever known about. I mean we all know who The Beatles are.
They used to be so popular. The whole world loved the Beatles. They became a phenomenon. The reason is because they were good at what they were doing, which was playing music and they got good at that because of thousands of hours of practice. That’s how you’re going to get good at photography.
Practice, practice, practice. I don’t really use lighting or flash at the moment, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t. I highly suggest you do work with lighting equipment. The more you do that the better you’ll get and that’s the key to success in photography and just like with anything you’ll master that. A good example of practice making perfect is my job as a waitress, for me, it is so easy now after having been there for eight months.
I made it to eight months. Yay! I started out carrying my tray with two hands. I always had to carry the tray with two hands and by now, by my eighth month, I can carry the tray with one hand if I’m not carrying anything too heavy. That’s because of practice. I can balance it well now. I can remember the different types of food and I don’t have any mess ups when I’m taking orders.
I now know what to ask for. For example, what type of meat the customer would like to go along with certain items on the menu. I know that certain things might be a little bit on the spicy side so I make sure to tell people that. I know what dishes people are going to love. I know what to suggest now. Barbecue pork, everyone loves that. Basil seafood, everyone loves that. I love Larb, but I can’t tell everybody to eat Larb because that may not be their taste palette because of the fish sauce, but a lot of people do like Larb. People have tried it and they end up liking Larb so that is something that I sometimes suggest.
I also know what brands of beer to suggest. I always tell them about Singha, which is the favorite brand. Customers ask for the types of beer we have and since they have come to a Thai restaurant, I suggest they try our two Thai beers, which are Singha and Chang. I know they might like to have a more quote on quote Thai experience so why not add Thai beer in the mix. I also tell our customers about our Lao beer, which is BeerLao. Singha, Chang, and BeerLao have now become our customer’s first choice of beer when they come in.
Little things like the Janya Thai Delight dishes and exotic beer I just know off the top of my head and it’s very automatic. I didn’t think I would ever get to master waitressing at Janya Thai Delight. Waitressing is actually very difficult and I have always had a hard time waitressing in the past. I’ve waitressed at other places before, but the easiest time I’ve had with waitressing has been at Janya Thai Delight because I have been there for eight months and I do it all day every single day except Mondays so I have gotten good at it. Usually, I waitress from open until close so I have logged my many hours of practice.
The other thing that I really got good at was Photoshop. I got really good at Photoshop because my senior year in college I spent the whole year playing with Photoshop. It is all about practice and you can also learn how to take good portraits with practice so you’ll know what to tell people when posing them. I did portrait photography the summer of 2005 after I graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology. During that time, I learned how to get my subjects to pose with ease. It became fun. I learned when to pose them properly and when to get them to pose on their own and get a more candid shot.
My first portrait photography experience was just taking photographs of my friends. I would get them in a candid shot. I didn’t post them. I just kind of observed them and let them do their own thing. Then I took the photo and it was natural and it looked great because they were smiling really big and I really captured their aura. When you’re doing portrait photography as a product to sell to your customer you can pose those candid looking shots because it’s hard to get the customers you’ve just met to get as relaxed as your friends for a candid shot. Those are some things that you learn over time.
Right now, I am taking photographs of flowers. I’ve gotten good at taking photos of flowers. I work with the lines of the flowers and I do a lot of close-ups and do a lot weird angles and what I have found is that the weird angled photographs that I take I really love because they’re unique. They’re different from other flower photos that I’ve seen. That is it for my video. Go out there and take your 10,000 photographs and more. Thanks for watching. Bye.