43: Marc Silber, Founder of Advancing Your Photography




Photo by Bob Holmes

Marc Silber began taking black & white photographs at the legendary Peninsula School, avidly learning composition and darkroom skills. He seemed to always have a still or movie camera in his hands. On a parallel path, Marc began instructing in his early twenties at NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) so it was a natural step for him to teach photography through his workshops.  In 2008 he said, “instead of my telling students what some of the masters of photography said, why not hear it straight from them?”  This spark led to the interviews with Ansel Adams’ son including unreleased footage from Ansel himself.  Thus the series AYP (Advancing Your Photography) was born, and has since grown to a library of hundreds of videos.

Today we cover quite a bit, such as visualizing your end results, learning to adjust to change, and being consistent in your efforts.

I want to give a huge thank you to Marc for taking the time to chat with us! I consider myself as much a student as the listening audience, and appreciate him sharing his extensive knowledge.

“Before you press the shutter, you have to see the shot.” -Marc


Top 3 Tips From the Interview:

1. Visualize the end result you want from your shots before you take the shot.

Before ever take the shot, visual what you want. This will help you learn how to shoot on purpose, as opposed to just relying on “happy accidents.”

2. Change is normal.

Times are constantly changing, and your business will to. Get comfortable with it. Learn to use it to your advantage.

3. Show up and be consistent.

Show up to new opportunities, and take great photos. Be consistent in your efforts, and you wil surely grow your business.


Marc Can Be Found At:

» MarcSilber.smugmug.com: Marc’s work


Marc’s Recommended Resources

» Silberstudios.tv: Advancing Your Photography, where their mission is: “to connect you with photographers who have mastered their craft, sharing their insight and showing you their photography tips so you can go right out and use them.”

» Check out Marc’s YouTube channel.

» Zither.co: His new app, great for photographers. And free.


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