Advice for Photographers
the Next Step
Text by Al Weber.
Cafe Margo, Santa Cruz, 2006. 72 pp., 4x6¼".
Based on decades of teaching, Weber has collected and organized ideas and suggestions to aid those who would be photographers.
A 72 page field manual, measuring 6'' x 4'', it will easily slip into your pack, purse or pocket.
Craft is ignored, but is assumed as Weber hits on topics which have frequently hindered those attempting to practice the creative process:
Time Management for the Self Employed, Dealing with Growth and Change, The Dilema of Ifluence, Business Tactics for the Artist, The Power of Thought, Choosing Directions, Establishing a Plan, Overcoming Inertia, Common Obstacles and Demons. Exhibiting Work, The Tools, Teachers and Learning... for openers. There's more, much more. The chapters are brief, a page at most, similar to Weber's own attention span.
Many good photographers fail for reasons outside photography. Subjects not addressed in traditional education, strike down too many, simply because they are unaware of them. Information has been gathered from workshops, especially a workshop Weber has taught since the 1980's, The Next Step. Proven corrective measures are suggested.