A photography degree is a degree where a subject is taught using photographs taken in studio, and what it takes to make good photographs or what you ought to be doing while you are at it.
I started with a camera. What was it like?
It is hard to put down on paper for most of you who are thinking about a photography degree. It is like finding a home with a pet. When you first started out with a camera, your first images could be amazing.
I saw you shoot for a magazine. What were your first impressions?
For this one I had to make a decision between a photo or a photojournalist: it had to be a photo. I remember being impressed and nervous about taking a photo. After about 20 minutes I came out with an idea. I decided that I would make a shot with a lens in my hand with no background and that only I would be in the shot. For this one I could not really see it because of the low light, so I got into posing myself. After that I decided I was good enough.
My first image of the evening. I like my stuff more. Image courtesy of Dan O’Donnell.
I think about the photo on my wall. How do you make the image?
It is very important that every image is different and not just your standard portrait format. In a way, your images are your pictures.
How can I learn from you?
Here’s the deal. There is probably one thing you can learn that you can’t learn from anybody else. There is a huge difference between a photo and just a photo. It is not like a painting or even a sculpture. It is a whole world. So if you can take advantage of this huge wealth of opportunities offered me in terms of the amount of money you can make, you’re good to go. This applies to you.
What’s next for Dan O’Donnell?
The second semester is coming soon. I’m working on this project about photographers and what it is to be a good photographer. I think a lot of you guys who have a photography degree have this great sense of humor and have an appreciation for humor. That is the one thing that gives people a different perspective on things.
What can we all do to be a good photographer? Write a book. Write an essay. Write a play. I’m really enjoying working on this one. So I think that is definitely going on
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