The subject of this article, shortcuts versus real craftsmanship in art and photography, is a subject I have analyzed extensively with my mentoring and workshop students, but I think it will be useful to share it with everyone because it is about how to become better as photographers and artists and how to do it by taking the truly shortest path, the path of quality and craftsmanship.
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They say the fastest route to go from A to B is the one you know best. They don’t say it is the shortest, and there are reasons why what you think is the shortest way to arrive somewhere may not always be the best. One of these reasons is that by trying to take the shortest way, without knowing what you are doing, it is very likely that you will get stuck (I am sure you have been there when trying to take road shortcuts, I know I have, more times than I would like to admit). Another is that by taking what is considered the shortest way you will miss all the experiences that a longer way will offer you, which would have made the journey so much more valuable. Continue reading