Pro-tip: How to be a great photographer
Shoot a lot, and don't post anything that turns out like this.
But it's not just for artists. This applies to you too, Ms. I-put-every-picture-I-take-on-Facebook. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then that photo dump you just took is a novel. A really boring one.
Check out this very cool almost-surreal series on Orange City, shot by freelance photographer René Clement, a dutchman from New York. On his last trip out here, Alvin and I helped him with a couple of shoots. I ran the fog machine for the hog-fight scene, which was a lot of fun. But the way it ties in with the rest of the post is that René, who's the consummate professional, spent days in advance gathering people, props and a location. He spent all evening setting up for that shoot and waiting for the right light, used a high end Nikon DSLR for test shots,* then shot just three rolls of medium-format film. Only one photograph will make it into the book.
Be like René. Only share your best work.
*Yes, his "polaroid" camera is worth several times the cost of my baby, a D80 I bought used. But they're both the same artistic tool.