"It takes a lot of nerve to show your dreams to someone else." - Erma Bombeck
I thought you'd like to know that today Craft & Vision is releasing my newest ebook, Shoot + Share: Getting Your Photographs Out Into the World. As with Close to Home, I'm both excited and a little bit terrified. My biggest goal is that you find it useful to you and your work.
I feel deeply that photography is a gift that is best shared, and this book is designed to help you decide where that works best for you, whether you intend to sell your work or not. At it's core, it's a guide to help you figure one thing: how to put your photographs in places where the people you want to see them will be able to. Whether that's your family and friends or major art collectors, the book helps you figure a plan to reach your photographic audience, both on- and offline. It's written to help you navigate the numerous places for posting your photographs—Facebook, Flickr, 500px, etc.—and for talking about them through social media and other channels. In addition, I've pulled examples from my current approach to sharing my work as examples throughout the book.
Of course a Craft & Vision book isn't complete without an abundance of photographs, and there are many in this book to serve as examples that I've shared along the way… and even a few that may be new to you. There's also a bonus section at the end of the book about sharing your knowledge of photography with others through teaching. Whether you lead a photo walk in your neighborhood or formally teach classes at your local art center, sharing your experience with those who need a little help is a very rewarding experience… for both of you.
As always, I'm grateful to many others for the help and encouragement they've given me in writing and publishing this book. Of course, the folks at Craft & Vision have been terrific in helping me put together a quality product for you. My friends, Sabrina Henry and Ray Ketcham read early versions of the book and offered valuable counsel as it progressed, and Justin Van Leeuwen was gracious enough to allow me to use his experience on Flickr as an example in the book. Merci beaucoup, Justin!
And, of course, my thanks to my wife, JoEllen, who talked me into first sharing my images publicly a couple of years ago. Sometimes we all need a little push, and for nearly 30 years, she's always been the one willing to do that for me.
I look forward to seeing your work out in the world.
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