intern update : 5 lessons

Mary Dougherty

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The internship is well under way and I’ve summed up five short lessons I’ve learned along the way. Lesson 1: Learn how to use your computer. Lesson 2: shoot in RAW. Lesson 3: Never use iPhoto. Lesson 4: Be active in social media. Lesson 5: Put less sugar in Mary’s coffee.

I didn’t know I’d need to start back at the beginning, but  I guess in some ways I did. Each week I’ve discovered something new… like importing all of my images in to iphoto was a bad idea. Apple tries to make things easier for their little features but I’m sorry, you don’t need endless jpgs of everyone’s face for iPhoto thumbnails. It ends up taking up all the free space on your hard drive forcing you to organize your files and empty the trash. Whenever you work with someone else it opens you up to honesty, discussion, and seeing things differently.

As a wedding photographer, you’re not only an artist; you’re a businessperson. In fact, you’re mostly a businessperson. Submitting things to blogs, sorting receipts, mailing packages, meeting with clients, blog posting, keeping up with your webpages, and not to mention all the culling and editing that have nothing to do with actually taking pictures. After seeing how much work goes into one wedding, it’s definitely rewarding to see the final product, and see how someone else works firsthand.

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