Why (and how) to get a mentor

Why It’s Important (and How) to Get A Mentor That Is Worth It

You may think that your skills are about as honed as they need to be. Or that your budget is too restricted to include training. Or that it’s too much bother. Lay these trifling excuses to one side, gentle reader: Adam Ottke is pretty sure that you could use a mentor, and he makes a convincing case on the [Fstoppers blog].
Right off the bat, you need to understand that “mentor” does not necessarily mean you’re stuck with one Personal Yoda for the rest of your days. You can benefit from the insights of a succession of mentors who can help you build different strengths into your craft. Secondly, the idea of having a “mentor” does not assume a long-term relationship. Ottke benefited immensely from one two-hour session, and his editing was dramatically improved afterward.

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Photo Credit: Adam Ottke

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How He Used To Edit
Photo Credit: Adam Ottke

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Final Edit, After Mentor
Photo Credit: Adam Ottke

Here’s the gist: clarify in your own thinking on the kind of work you’d like to be doing, if you were at the top of your game. Identify one or more photographers who are doing that kind of work. Take advantage of them. Oh, and about that budgetary objection? Ottke seems to think that if you knew the degree to which your skills will improve due to a wee bit o’ training at the hands of a master, you’d mysteriously find the money in your budget.

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