This is a chapter from the book A Lesser Photographer.
Professional photographers tend to embrace the philosophy of this book much more quickly than amateurs. How can this be?
It doesn’t seem to make sense, but in the email I’ve received, most of the support for “lesser photography” has come from professionals. The skeptics are almost always amateurs.
It’s very common for a professional to say, “I’ve already scaled down and started experimenting.” It’s equally common to hear an amateur say, “I’m still buying that fancy new camera, but I will really think about these principles in the future.”
It only makes sense when you consider what a cutthroat business professional photography has become.
Only professionals who recognize the value of creativity to differentiate their work are likely to thrive. Those who take the risk, reap the reward.