Last month, Steve Hanson had the honor of giving the commencement address at his alma mater, Bowling Green State University. He started his career as a photojournalist, and over the years, he says, “I’ve learned that some of the important tips for being a good photographer also hold true for life.” In his address, he highlighted seven principles of photography, business and life:
- Find your own angle: Don’t fight the crowd to do what everyone else is doing.
- Expect conditions to change: Put your focus not on where your subject is now, but where it will be in the near future.
- Be prepared to take a lot of shots: Great photographers know the more they shoot, the better their chances.
- Don’t go through life with a telephoto lens: If you’re too focused on the future, you may miss your present.
- Put people in their best light: A great photographer, and a great leader, learns how to bring out the best in people.
- Use the negatives to develop: When the opposite of what you want happens, remember that it might be a necessary step in the process.
- Keep your album up to date: Own your past and learn from it, but don’t be defined by it.
It was natural that his address would take the form of a slideshow, illustrating each of these principles with photos from his own albums. This video of his address includes the slides so you can get the full experience.