A lot of professional photographers will tell you over and over about the importance of taking on personal projects. Even if you are only a hobbyist, they are a fantastic way to build your skills, expand your creativity, and become a more confident photographer. This fantastic video essay discusses why you should consider picking up a photography project.
Coming to you from Simon Baxter, this great video essay discusses the importance of personal projects. The reason so many professionals preach about the importance of personal projects is not just for one’s own fulfillment, though they are, of course, a fantastic way to enjoy working with a camera. They can help your professional development quite a bit as well. When you are doing client work, you can’t really stray that far from what they have asked you for, but with a personal project, you can feel free to explore your creativity as much as you would like, and it is in these explorations that you will find a recognizable personal style. These expressions of your creative visions will capture your customers’ attention, and that will motivate them to hire you. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Baxter.