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"The Best Photography Advice I Ever Got" with Tom Bol

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Tom Bol, author of Adventure Sports Photography, tells readers how being true to his goals and identity as a photographer has helped him achieve real world success.
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Tom Bol

Job Experience:

I have, for twenty-five years, been a professional photographer, focusing on editorial and commercial work. My focus is primarily adventure sports, portraits and travel.

Most Notable Achievement:

I was on National Geographic Adventure's list for "50 of America's Top Visionaries" for my photography, and have had my work featured by Nikon, Photo District News, American Photo, Manfrotto, and many others.

Your Favorite Camera:

Nikon D800


Always have a personal project, and never stop shooting when you don't have paid assignments. My personal work and "self assignments" have been more important to developing my style than any other thing in my career. As I mention in my book, Adventure Sports Photography, Creating Dramatic Images in Wild Places, your style (what separates you from the pack) will find you, but only after you experiment and explore your own personal photography projects. It can be a leap of faith funding your own photography projects, but these will help you grow as a photographer, develop your style, and lead to paid assignments.

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