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Being apart of a diverse creative community

As a beginner, I came into the photography industry with little experience behind the camera. I’ve been in the creative field for almost 15+ years professionally but no photography experience that I could leverage from the start.

The online photography community

I relied on joining photography Facebook groups and asking questions to people on Instagram about what lens or camera they were using. I trolled the comments sections hoping the photographer had given some sort of details on his process. 2.5 years later, I am thankful for the community around me for their help.

I enjoy asking and answering questions on social media. It reminds me of how I started. I’ve also become a huge fan of different photographers simply because they would answer my questions along the way.

How many of you have been guilty of sending a DM to a photographer over social media just to tell them how much they inspire you?

The community is so much bigger than social media, even though it makes up a huge presence. Youtube is also becoming a popular platform for photographers that choose to showcase their behind the scenes shots or editing techniques.

Not everyone is a photographer in this creative community

To me, the photography community is so much more than individual photographers. It is made up of content creators and people who have a passion for this industry. I have met models, make-up artists, stylists, bloggers, and so any more.

I consider them all a part of the community because they actively take part in many of my collaborations. Even if I am the one who initiates the project, I love getting input from other people along the way.

Feedback and encouragement

I knew I wanted feedback on my work, and Facebook was the perfect place to ask. I am apart of countless photography groups just itching with people who give you instant feedback on your work.

Some were very negative but the majority was encouraging and very constructive. I have since started to give my own feedback to people looking to get better at their own work and techniques.

Dealing with criticism

Yes, I know I am a beginner, but that does not stop me from giving my opinion on work when asked. I know some photographers who are quick to tell someone that their work sucks and that they will never “get it”.

This type of criticism exists in all areas of the creative community and photography is no different. Handling rejection of your photography is something you will need to become familiar with because you can’t please everyone.  Just remember the only opinion that should matter is your own. Nobody else should affect how you create the art that you love.

How to join the community

The best way to join the creative community is to become a part of the conversation. Again, social media allows for connecting with people and professionals all over the world. Start a profile and join a few local or national photography groups.

Give your feedback to others when they are looking for new ideas or general comments on their work. Hopefully, they will return the favor and give you the same feedback when you’re ready to post your work.

Become a part of the conversation

Encourage the people who have come before you and lift up the people who will come after you. The better the engagement in the community, the more ideas that can be shared and the greater the outcome will be.


Jason Dallas Portraits Model Test ShootsJason The Creative – Dallas Portrait Photographer

Photography just decided to grow on me and I never looked back. I am a portrait photographer growing and specializing in model test shoots. Every one starts somewhere and this is my story. Instagram.com/jasonthecreative


What’s in my camera bag

My Portrait Photography Gear for Model Test Shoots

Sony a7riii Mirrorless Camera
High Resolution Studio Camera
Sony a7iii Mirrorless Camera
Great Photo & Video Camera
Sony 85mm f1.4 GMaster
Best Portrait Lens
Sony 35mm F1.8
Great wide lens for lifestyle shoots
Sony Zeiss 55mm f1.8
First lens I purchased – Amazing and light
Sony 24-70mm F2.8 GMaster
Best all-in-one Portrait Zoom Lens
Sony 24-105 f4.0 G Lens
Best all around walk-around lens

Secondary Portrait Photography Camera and Lens

Sony a6400 Mirrorless Camera (crop-sensor)
Small & amazing quality
Sony 16-55mm f2.8 G Lens
Super sharp and versatile

Sony Mirrorless Bodies You Should See

Sony a7rii
High Quality Studio Camera
Sony a7ii
Great General Purpose Camera
Sony a7sii
High Quality Video Camera
Sony a6600
Photo and Video Camera
Sony a6500
Crop Sensor Video Camera
Sony a6300
Amazing Budget Starter Camera

Full-Frame Lenses You Should Check Out

Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Lens
Great budget option zoom lens
Sony 70-200 F2.8 Lens
Amazing Quality Zoom Lens
Sony 16-35mm f2.8 Lens
Superb wide-angle Lens
Sony 85mm F1.8 Lens
Great Budget Portrait Lens
Sony 24mm F1.4 Lens
Sharp Wide Prime Lens

Crop-Sensor Lenses You Just Might Need

Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Lens
Great budget option zoom lens
Sony 18-105 F4.0 Lens
Awesome Video Lens
Sigma 16mm F1.4
Great YouTube Lens
Sigma 30mm F1.4
Sharp & Light Weight Lens
Sigma 56mm F1.4
Go-To Portrait Lens

My Current Off Camera Studio Flash Lighting / Location Kits

Profoto Air Remote TTL-S
Remote Trigger
Profoto B2 250 AirTTL Location Kit
Portable light strobes
Profoto OCF 2×3 Softbox
Portable soft light modifier
Profoto OCF Softbox 2ft Octa
Small direct soft box
Profoto 41in Deep Medium Umbrella
Main studio modifier
Profoto OCF Speedring
Modifier connector


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