Having someone to guide and teach you is always beneficial if you are a photographer. You can learn so much from someone else’s experiences and improve your craft in the process. In lieu of World Teacher’s Day, here are some tips on how you can find yourself a photography mentor.
Find Your Vision
First, you have to know your vision. What are the subjects that you love taking pictures of? Do you like nature? Fashion? Perhaps, street photography? If you already have a good idea on your direction as a photographer, it will be easier for you to find a mentor who will help you throughout your growth process.
Choose a Mentor
The next step is choosing a mentor. You may already have an idea on who you want to pick as your mentor. You can check out local galleries in your area to view works of the photographers and see if you share the same vision. Another good idea is to scour for some names online.
Know What You Want
Now that you have someone in mind, the next step is to know what you want out of the relationship that you’re going to foster along the way. You might want the help of a mentor to critique your work, or you might want someone who can be more hands-on with you. Either way, you must have a clear vision of what you want.
Contact the Person
Do not be afraid to contact someone to be your mentor. You can contact the person through a phone call or an email. Introduce yourself and provide a brief background.
You have to remember that you and your mentor will not always agree on everything. Just keep an open mind and take in everything that you learn. Rest assured, you will be on your way to becoming a better photographer!