The 6 Secrets to a Successful Photo Project

2) Be passionate about the subject
“Pick a subject matter that you are passionate about,” he said. “That passion is going to really, really, really drive you out there to photograph.”

Bigelow, who has been working on his immigration project for 18-years, says that photo projects require a lot of energy and time.

“If you’re not passionate about it, you’re probably not going to get out the door and spend a lot of time working on it.”

 

3) Have a thorough understanding of the subject
Bigelow said that having a deep understanding of the subject can help you to allow the story to unfold and develop as you’re shooting. A person who doesn’t fully understand a subject may lack the confidence needed to “go with the flow.”

For example, when Bigelow ran up against some obstacles in the USA as a result of the border being shut down, he knew enough about the subject that such a shutdown would have consequences on the Mexican side of the border.

So he went to Tijuana, Mexico, and photographed in a crowded Catholic migrant shelter in order to tell the story.

“I think it was having that understanding of how the story continues to evolve, led me into the shelter and found a new avenue to explore and make more images that were telling of the difficulty in crossing the US/Mexico border.” “copied from http://blog.photoshelter.com/2011/09/the-6-secrets-to-a-successful-photo-project/”

This website is helping me a lot about my project because the weakness that i have is written here. But the story that I am going to explore in my photography project is my stories, and I am passionate about it, but the worst part is that I can not define well my project to my teachers.

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