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Nov 03, 2019

More Photographs, Less Money

David duChemin’s plea with regard to your photography: “if you’re going to spend your money, spend it where it really matters.”

  • Spend it on opportunities to learn, to shoot more, and to travel (if that’s your thing)
  • Take a workshop or rent a studio for a week and work on your project
  • Spend it on a printer or on getting prints made so you can finally hold your work in your hands
  • Spend it on books of great photographs and study them

Yes to all of the above! With regard to the traveling suggestion, last week I purchased a one week ticket for January 2020 to El Salvador which is my parent’s native country. I lived there for 5 years between the ages of 12-17 and since them I’ve visited numerous times with family but this time it entails just myself traveling because the primary purpose is to work on a photo project that’s been gnawing at me for the longest.

Total cost of the ticket was $305, the lodging will be at a surf hotel for $85 and overall if I can walk away from everything having spent around $750 on a personal project, I would say that’s still less of what I could have potentially spent on the rest of David’s suggestions.