QOTD

25 May

“The difference between a bad artist and a good one is: The bad artist seems to copy a great deal; the good one really does.” — William Blake quotes

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Tongue-In-Cheek

24 May

saw this and it made me smile. a little.

QOTD

24 May

“If you copy, it means you’re working without any real feeling. No two people on earth are alike, and it’s got to be that way in music or it isn’t music.” – Billie Holiday

QOTD

23 May

“I live in my own place – have never copied nobody even half, and at any master who lacks the grace – to laugh at himself – I laugh” – Friedrich Nietzsche

QOTD

22 May

“Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else.” Tom Peters quotes

QOTD

21 May

“We are what we are; we gain nothing by copying others” – Anonymous

QOTD

20 May

“Creativity is…seeing something that doesn’t exist already. You need to find out how you can bring it into being and that way be a playmate with God.” Michele Shea

QOTD

19 May

“The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get old ones out. Every mind is a building filled with archaic furniture. Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it.” Dee Hock

How to be YOU.

19 May

If you’re reading this, you already know we value originality. In fact, we shout its merit from the rooftops. While a large portion of our mission is to defend copyright in the photography industry (and give photographers the tools to do so), we also want to share resources that encourage photographers to foster creativity and pursue their own unique path as well. Today, MCP Actions features a great article by Jessica of 503 Photography that does so perfectly. The topic is building your storefront/website and is a perfect follow-up to “Do the WRITE Thing” posted earlier this week. Instead of looking to other photographers for inspiration, Jessica chronicles her journey of finding the right design and copy (note: it didn’t happen in the first iteration).

She shares tips like “Be You”, “Write Genuinely” and “Let People Get to Know You” — sounds simple and obvious, but she expands on what this looks like and, no, you don’t have to spend a fortune to do it. Most importantly, anyone can put her suggestions into action — if you’re ready to hang your shingle as a photographer, be prepared hang the shingle of a brand that’s uniquely you as well.

Take a look at the full article here.

While you’re reading, browse these articles on finding and developing your unique brand:

Losing Your Fear. Finding Your Brand – Fast Company
One Easy Way to Find Your Brand Idea – Shoestring Branding
Personal Branding 101: How to Discover and Create Your Brand – Mashable.com

QOTD

18 May

“Art is either plagiarism or revolution.” Paul Gauguin