Many photographers start their journey from an artistic perspective, then later learning the technical and business parts along the way. Starting your journey from a technical side gives you an entirely different perspective to the photography world, and Dave Doeppel is an amazing example of this. In this episode of Tog Talks, Dave shares some of his perspectives from a technical standpoint and encourages photographers to learn and embrace the technical side of photography.
Dave Doeppel discovered his passion for all things photography the moment he picked up his very first camera. Since then, he has been taking photos professionally and helping new photographers refine their artistic skills. When he isn’t educating or capturing beautiful moments through a camera lens, Dave Doeppel loves exploring the world with his dogs and his wife Regina.
You will appreciate Dave's candid conversation about his journey as a professional photographer. His expertise is priceless and we are so grateful for the time we had together to talk about photography!
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The Biggest Takeaways From This Episode
[1:41]: Dave shares his story of how he began his journey as a photographer and how it meshed nicely with his graphic design background
[13:02]: We discuss how having a graphic design background gives you a different perspective as a photographer
[17:00] Dave talks about the different types of photographers: artistic and technical and both of their strengths
[20:05]: Dave shares his own challenge with business and how he decided to get mentors outside of the photography industry to help him
[24:47]: “There is no one way of doing entrepreneurship.”
[32:48]: We talk about marketing and how it is a trade off either time or money
[39:37]: Dave talks about becoming comfortable with your equipment before starting a photography business
[43:40]: Dave talks about photographers needing to have basic technical knowledge to run a successful business
[47:34]: Dave talks about the dangers of having too much education available..overwhelm! But he encourages you to always learn