Charlie Naebeck: Blog https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog en-us (C) Charlie Naebeck (Charlie Naebeck) Sun, 02 Oct 2022 00:09:00 GMT Sun, 02 Oct 2022 00:09:00 GMT https://www.charlienaebeck.com/img/s/v-12/u304485526-o814794571-50.jpg Charlie Naebeck: Blog https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog 80 120 October 2022 Newsletter— Celebrating 33 Years of Photography with Exciting New Gifts for You https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/10/October-2022-Newsletter-Celebrating-33-Years-of-Photography-with-Exciting-New-Gift Once upon a time, a young man received a camera as a birthday gift from his Grandmother.

She did not know that when she gave him this gift, she would inspire a lifetime career in photography that would inspire so many others worldwide.

I celebrate 33 years of photography this month and have several exciting new gifts to share with you.

-I Love Photography; Celebrating 33 Years by Selling You My First Photograph — for One Million Dollars
Now that I have your attention, I want to introduce you to NFT photography.

If you have never heard of NFT photography, grab a snack and a beer to read on with me for an intriguing opportunity for a potential 49.578% ROI.

Read the full article here.

I Want to Share All My Photography Secrets With You In the past several months, many of you have asked me to photograph more alongside you.

I love to work alongside you as you learn and grow to make images you love.

With students in over 42 different countries, it is my pleasure to inspire you in your photography.

Yet, I am one person. And I have seen your increased hunger and appetite to learn more about your photography.

I am very excited to announce that I partnered with Udemy to launch my first on-demand class.

This allows you to learn from me right in your pocket in the Udemy app or on the Udemy website.

Read the full article and sign up for class here.

Listen to My New Creative Podcast; What Would Charlie Shoot?
This October, I debut as a creative podcaster with my new show, “What Would Charlie Shoot?

I will share the stories, tips, tricks, interviews with other photographers, and lessons photography has given me.

In celebration of 33 years of photography, I am giving a complimentary subscription to the new podcast to the first 33 people that reply to this month’s newsletter with the subject “Free WWCS subscription.”

This Podcast will also be syndicated by Apple, Spotify, Sticher, TuneIn, and Pocket Casts.

I’m Building a New Community for You to Share Your Pictures

In the past two months, CNP has been excited to quietly create a new community for you to share your photos in called “Share A Picture.”

We have partnered with Flipboard to create a cutting-edge new publication allowing photographers to network, get inspired, and grow.

If you would like to be considered as a contributor to this new publication, please:

-Visit flipboard.com/@charlienaebeck/share-a-picture and follow the publication.

-Send a quick email to: charlie@charlienaebeck.co to tell us about yourself and why you would like to contribute photos to the publication.

Celebrating 33 Years of Photography with a 15% Discount for You

As a huge thank you, I would like to offer a 15% discount on all private photo coaching packages for the month of October.

If you are interested in improving your photography game, CNP offers in-person and on Zoom photo coaching lessons.

Standard one-off lessons: $70/hr (minimum of 2-hour booking)

Book now (no discount included)

Package discounts for October:

1. 6 hours of photo coaching: This package includes a weekly check-in and photo critique.

I am available to schedule the time within 2 or 3-hour increments as you would like to use it throughout the month.

I am available to chat about your photography questions, and I am happy to provide how-to lessons in any style of photography that you would like to learn.

To book online, select the date you purchase the package. Then email charlie@charlienaebeck.co to schedule individual lesson times.

Normally: USD $210

October Price: USD $179

Book now with October 15% discount

2. 12 hours of photo coaching: This package includes a weekly check-in and photo critique as the 6-hour package does but offers more time.

I am available to schedule the time within 2 or 3-hour increments as you would like to use it throughout the month.

I am available to chat about your photography questions, and I am happy to provide how-to lessons in any style of photography that you would like to learn.

To book online, select the date you purchase the package. Then email charlie@charlienaebeck.co to schedule individual lesson times.

Normally: USD $350
October Price: USD $298

Book now with October 15% discount

3. 24 hours of photo coaching:

This package includes a weekly check-in and photo critique as the previous packages do.

I am available to schedule the time within 2 or 3-hour increments as you would like to use it throughout the month.

I will answer all of your photography questions, and I am happy to provide how-to lessons in any style of photography that you would like to learn.

This package is also great for businesses that want to consult for projects.

To book online, select the date you purchase the package. Then email charlie@charlienaebeck.co to schedule individual lesson times.

Normally: USD $840
October Price: USD $714

Book Now with October 15% discount

Book a Photo Coaching Lesson Package Now

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, photographer, teacher, writer, and digital nomad.
Contact me here to book a photography coaching session.
Or find my digital classes and E-books on Gumroad or Udemy.
Listen to My New Creative Podcast, "What Would Charlie Shoot?" weekly.
And Share YOUR Photographs in my publication "Share a Picture" here on Medium or on Flipboard.
I am:
-Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC.
-Top photography and inspiration writer on Medium.
-Students in over 42 different countries.
-I also have written for
The Phoblographer, Adorama, Dpture, and more.
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!

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(Charlie Naebeck) charlie-naebeck inspiration newsletter october photography https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/10/October-2022-Newsletter-Celebrating-33-Years-of-Photography-with-Exciting-New-Gift Sat, 01 Oct 2022 17:02:20 GMT
I Love Photography; Celebrating 33 Years by Selling You My First Photograph https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/10/I-Love-Photography-Celebrating-33-Years-by-Selling-You-My-First-Photograph For one million dollars it can be yours
My first photograph by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

Now that I have your attention, I want to introduce you to NFT photography.

If you have never heard of NFT photography, grab a snack and a beer to read on with me for an intriguing opportunity.

NFT photography is the future.

NFT stands for Non-fungible-token and is a digital asset that acts similarly to tangible world assets.

NFTs can be art, music, video, collectibles, domain names, utilities, virtual worlds, and more.

With an NFT you can buy, sell and trade just as you would with real art.

And the best part is that you can buy my NFT photo with the cryptocurrency Ethereum coin (the second largest market value after the Bitcoin).

Why should I care, Charlie?

Photo by Alexander Grey on Unsplash

Thank you, I am glad that you asked.

If you are an investor looking to make passive income, my NFT photos are the perfect solution.

Investing in an NFT allows you to retain a digital blockchain-based asset and cash out when ready.

It is a lot easier than investing in tangible world assets because you can do this from the comfort of your home.

Let me give you an example of what is possible with your investment in my photo:

Right now, at this moment, as I write to you on September 30th UTC, 1 ETH = USD $1328.59:

Ethereum is the second largest cryptocurrency with experts stating a five-year estimated prediction value of USD $2000 for 1 ETH.

This means that if you were to invest USD $1,000,000 today that in five years, your ETH would be valued at $1,495,780.00.

That is an ROI of USD $495,780, a 49.578% profit for investing in my first photograph when you flip the asset in five years.

Not too shabby.

Few other types of investments can produce that appreciation and return that quickly.

And the best part. You can make passive income on this asset while doing other things.

The story of your investment in my first photograph

My first photograph by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

I was a child when my Grandmother gave me my first camera.

She was also a photographer that inspired me to learn and go forth in photography.

She inspired me to document family and everything I found love and passion for.

Little did she know that giving me this camera for my birthday would inspire a lifetime career in photography.

This gift would lead to traveling to the far corners of the world to photograph what I love.

It is the catalyst that imprints knowledge on hearts and minds as I give others the gift of photography.

I remember holding my first camera in my hands. It felt full of possibilities and excitement.

One month after receiving the camera, I packed my suitcase for a family trip to Orlando, Florida.

It was 1988, and there was a celebration at Disney World for Mickey Mouse’s 60th birthday.

I remember the energy and the excitement as the characters paraded down the street.

They were larger than life.

I could not believe they were real after seeing them in several Disney movies.

I remember thinking I should document this moment with my family as my Grandma taught me.

My hand reached into my small backpack, and I felt for my camera.

The settings were completely automatic as I brought it up to my eye to make this image.

Yet, I felt joy surge through my soul that I had never felt before.

I understood nothing about composition at the time, but it did not matter.

What mattered was that I was happy and wanted to remember that moment with my family.

Every time I look back at this photograph, it makes me smile.

It takes me back to that moment in time like it was yesterday.

Yet, many years later, I am making images I love with the same excitement I had as a child.

This photograph is a reminder never to let that excitement go.

And to always remember why you started something that you love.

I would like to invite you to an investment opportunity to own my first photograph

Photo by Ashkan Forouzani on Unsplash

So how about it? Would you like to own my very first photograph?

This is the photograph that started it all.

The catalyst would lead me to work for places like Conde Nast, Live Nation, and Vogue.

It would inspire me to teach at the world’s largest platforms like NYU, U of M, Adorama, and more.

And it has inspired students in over 42 countries to pick up a camera to capture what they love.

With your investment in my first photograph, you will be entering a market with great potential by embracing Ethereum.

And I genuinely believe that NFT photography is the future.

It provides a secure transaction to own a piece of history that has changed the lives of many.

And for you, it is an estimated prediction ROI of $495,780, which is a 49.578% profit in just five years.

No other type of investment outside of stocks and real estate can give you this opportunity.

I would also encourage you to read about ETH and NFT photography in making your decision.

With the digital world at our fingertips, it is the future.

Thank you

Photo by Wilhelm Gunkel on Unsplash

Thank you for taking time out of your day to consider my offer.

This was a decision that I mulled over for close to a year to sell my first photograph.

With family in mind as number one always, I am 110% confident in my decision.

With your investment, I will continue to share the gift of photography with others also.

And I will share these memories with my children one day when I give them their first cameras.

To buy my first photograph you can visit https://opensea.io/Charlie_Naebeck.

https://opensea.io/Charlie_Naebeck
Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, photographer, teacher, writer, and digital nomad.
Contact me here to book a photography coaching session.
Or find my digital classes and E-books on Gumroad or Udemy.
Listen to My New Creative Podcast, "What Would Charlie Shoot?" weekly.
And Share YOUR Photographs in my publication "Share a Picture" here on Medium or on Flipboard.
I am:
-Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC.
-Top photography and inspiration writer on Medium.
-Students in over 42 different countries.
I also have written for The Phoblographer, Adorama, Dpture, and more.
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!
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(Charlie Naebeck) charlie-naebeck cryptocurrency nft passive-income photography https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/10/I-Love-Photography-Celebrating-33-Years-by-Selling-You-My-First-Photograph Sat, 01 Oct 2022 12:04:15 GMT
On Adventures and Friends; Why It is Important to Document https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/On-Adventures-and-Friends-Why-It-is-Important-to-Document
Adventures by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

Use your camera often — a lesson

I want to share a very simple lesson today on the importance of using your camera often.

Things, people, places, and pets come and go.

My Grandmother often told me that there are no guarantees in life short of death and taxes. She was right.

Yet, by documenting everything with your camera, you can re-live the moments that slide to the back of your mind.

They are not any less important, but they get pushed by the noise in our daily lives.

I was perusing my archives today, working on a different project, when I found this image.

For anyone that does not know him, this is my cat Boris (RIP).

Boris was one of my best friends.

He passed over a year ago after getting hit in the street by a car.

When he left me, a woman delivered him to my house after she saw him in the street.

As I stared in disbelief at his lifeless body, in my mind, I heard his meow that in cat language, said, “I love you, Charlie, everything will be OK.”

Tears streamed down my cheeks, and I laid him to rest in our favorite spot in the woods later that day.

Even as I remember him now, I still cry as I remember the day he left.

Yet, I remember the countless adventures that we had.

I remember how he would talk to me late at night in a language only cat owners could understand.

He was one of my best friends and helped me through so much.

And I will never forget.

I have my photographs and my memories.

This is why we document.

Document who and what you love.

Hold it, dear.

You never know where life will take you and how important it is to remember.

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, photographer, teacher, writer, and digital nomad.
Contact me here to book a photography coaching session.
Or find my digital classes and Ebooks on Gumroad or Udemy. 
-Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. 
-Top photography and inspiration writer on Medium.
-Students in over 42 different countries.
I also have written for The Phoblographer, Adorama, Dpture, and more.
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!

On Adventures and Friends; Why It is Important to Document was originally published in Share a Picture on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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(Charlie Naebeck) boris death inspiration photography share-a-picture https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/On-Adventures-and-Friends-Why-It-is-Important-to-Document Fri, 30 Sep 2022 10:25:20 GMT
I am beyond excited to announce that my first ever Udemy class is available. https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/I-am-beyond-excited-to-announce-that-my-first-ever-Udemy-class-is-available https://www.udemy.com/course/how-to-improve-your-photography-a-gift-youll-love/
https://www.udemy.com/course/how-to-improve-your-photography-a-gift-youll-love/

I am beyond excited to announce that my first ever Udemy class is available.

You can now learn photography from me in your pockets on the Udemy app or website.

Check it out and let me know what you think.

Thank you!

Charlie

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(Charlie Naebeck) inspiration learn photography udemy udemycourses https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/I-am-beyond-excited-to-announce-that-my-first-ever-Udemy-class-is-available Wed, 28 Sep 2022 22:20:47 GMT
I Want to Share All My Photography Secrets With You https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/I-Want-to-Share-All-My-Photography-Secrets-With-You You can have all the secrets in your pocket
Photo by Oyemike Princewill on Unsplash

In the past several months, many of my students have asked me to photograph more alongside them.

I love to work alongside my students as they learn and grow to make images they love.

With students in over 42 different countries, it is my pleasure to inspire you in your photography.

Yet, I am one person. And I have seen your increased hunger and appetite to learn more about your photography.

The decision to go on demand

Photo by Surface on Unsplash

I have expanded from my days of teaching in a single classroom in a single school to teaching and writing remotely for several.

The pandemic gave teachers many opportunities to expand their outreach to students that would not have been possible prior.

Yet, I am old school. I always enjoy the commradery of working with a group of students or teaching private lessons in person.

There is something human about being able to share ideas directly in real time that I love.

Since I have been mainly remote for a couple years now, the demand for classes has multiplied.

My students no longer have to travel to New York or where I am. And I can teach you from anywhere on the face of the planet.

It was only logical to provide you with resources at your disposal such as on demand classes to help you learn and grow when we are not in coaching sessions together.

And this led me to the idea of Udemy.

What is Udemy?

Introducing my first class on Udemy by Charlie Naebeck

Udemy is a fantastic resource for both teachers and students.

It is both an app and a website that allows you to learn on demand at your pace.

And the best part about it. You can re-watch content and learn for classes as often as you like.

I opened my email this morning to the above announcement. I was accepted and vetted as a teacher for Udemy!

A gift for you for your photography

Photo by David Everett Strickler on Unsplash

Now that I am approved for Udemy, I can share classes with you anytime.

And the best part is that you can take me with you in your pocket for advice at 3 am when you get the urge to shoot.

The courses are interactive also.

You will be able to ask questions and receive answers. And you can also find help in the learning tools and resources provided.

My first exclusive course on Udemy is called: “How to Improve Your Photography; A Gift You’ll Love.”
Me photographing in NYC by Will Carlson

The course covers:

  • Lecture 1: Introduction
  • Lecture 2: The shooting modes of the camera
  • Lecture 3: How to quickly switch between automatic and manual
  • Lecture 4: Do you have to shoot in manual?
  • Lecture 5: Five composition methods for improving your camera technique
  • Lecture 6: The three main lighting types in photography
  • Lecture 7: Harsh light
  • Lecture 8: Soft light
  • Lecture 9: Reflected light
  • Lecture 10: Tips, tricks, and advice to jump-start your photography
  • Lecture 11: Thank you! Other resources to continue your photography journey

You will learn:

  • How to start in any shooting mode on your camera.
  • How you can quickly shoot in manual mode.
  • How to improve your camera technique with composition.
  • The three main lighting types in photography and when to use them.
  • Tips and tricks to jump-start your specific photography goals from a professional photographer.

This class is designed for complete beginners to jump-start your photography. You will be shooting in minutes!

And this is also for more advanced photographers to review essential skill sets that you may forget to refresh.

Tips and tricks for you to start:

A photo by my wife of me.

Here are five tips and tricks to help you get started with this first course on Udemy:

  1. ABS = Always Be Shooting. If your camera is sitting idle, you are not learning.
  2. Carry your camera with you every day. Keep a backpack or way to carry your camera so that you can shoot when the urge to practice hits.
  3. I have created several assignments for you to learn from. Practice the lessons more than once. Remember that it does not matter what you photograph to learn. What matters is that you are photographing. Some of my best revelations in photography have come to me at 3 am when I don’t have something pretty to shoot. I photograph around the house all the time and learn.
  4. Give yourself the gift of time. Set aside at least one hour a week to learn from the videos. This will help you to learn and grow very quickly.
  5. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You can submit questions at any time of day and night. I will generally reply back to all inquiries within 48 hours.

I hope that you find much newfound inspiration in my new course.

My Grandmother gave me my first camera at age 10, and I never dreamed that it would lead to this.

Yet, I am in your pocket as you learn, apply, and grow.

And I am excited to always see what the future holds for both of us.

If you also create photos that you are proud of, please join my share a picture publication here on Medium or Flipboard.

I aim to connect and inspire as many photographers as possible, as I was inspired when I picked up the camera for the first time over 33 years ago.

Go forth and make the images that you love!

I look forward to seeing you in class.

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, photographer, teacher, writer, and digital nomad.
Contact me here to book a photography coaching session.Or find my digital classes and Ebooks on Gumroad or Udemy. 
-Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. 
-Top photography and inspiration writer on Medium.
-Students in over 42 different countries.
I also have written for The Phoblographer, Adorama, Dpture, and more.
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!
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(Charlie Naebeck) charlie-naebeck inspiration learn photography udemy https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/I-Want-to-Share-All-My-Photography-Secrets-With-You Wed, 28 Sep 2022 17:28:05 GMT
How to Easily Get Started in Manual Mode Photography https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/How-to-Easily-Get-Started-in-Manual-Mode-Photography It is not as difficult as you think
Photo by Matheus Munhoz on Unsplash

Today I am going to introduce how I approach manual mode photography.

Many of my students struggle with how to make photographs in M.

The numbers confuse them, or many are unsure how to change the settings. Or worse, many get discouraged and stop shooting.

I am not going to lie. There is a lot of technical information about how a photograph is made. One could spend a lifetime studying math, science, and physics.

But we are not here for that today.

Today I am going to make it easy for you how you can quickly shoot in manual mode.

A story of a ‘professional’ student of mine

Photo by Sonnie Hiles on Unsplash

Before I share the secrets I have in store for you today, I want to share some inspiration with you.

While living and working in New York City, I had a student who contacted me asking how to photograph people.

We scheduled a two-hour lesson to cover the questions she had submitted.

When we sat down together, I asked what her specific goals were. She admitted that she worked for a high-end company and her boss gave her the assignment to photograph an event.

She was stressed beyond belief because her boss gave her a specific assignment. She was to photograph the company’s CEO in a formal setting.

She feared she could not control her camera to make the CEO and the company logo on the wall both sharp.

I assured her that her photographs would be amazing and shared the following tips.

The camera has secrets

Photo by Nathan Anderson on Unsplash

I first shared with my student that the camera has secrets.

It does not matter what brand of camera you use. If you are making digital photographs, your camera gives you a gift.

It remembers what is called EXIF data.

If you have never heard of EXIF data, it is technical information that lives in the photo files.

My student was using a Nikon DSLR. I asked her to make a photograph in the classroom of a chair in the camera mode she was comfortable in.

Once she pushed the shutter, I asked her to press the play button to review her photo.

When the image appeared, I pushed the down arrow on the arrow pad to reveal the technical details.

Her eyes lit up wide as saucers when she saw that the camera revealed the F-stop, shutter, and ISO details. I could see the wheels spin in her mind of the possibilities.

Keep a small notebook

Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash

I shared with my student that it is a great idea to keep a small notebook in her pocket to keep ideas for her photography.

We used a sheet of scrap paper and wrote down the details of the F-stop, shutter, and ISO.

I asked her to switch to M on her camera.

She hesitated for a moment and sighed before turning the mode dial.

Once in M, I asked her to set the F-stop, shutter, and ISO the same as she had seen from the previous photo in P mode.

She asked me the point because these settings would produce the same photo.

I replied that I would introduce W.A.I.S to photographing in manual mode to understand the settings entered.

W.A.I.S.

Photo by Varun Gaba on Unsplash

Now you may think that W.A.I.S. sounds more like a machine name than something you would hear about in photography.

But stick with me; I promise you will enjoy what I am about to share.

W.A.I.S. stands for:

  • White Balance
  • Aperture
  • ISO
  • Shutter Speed

My student looked at me with curiosity as I explained.

When you take the settings from the initial photograph to plug it into M mode, it gets the exposure in the ballpark.

This is what the camera ‘thinks’ is the correct exposure.

Sometimes it is good, and sometimes it is wrong.

You can use the base setting of another mode on your camera to determine what the camera deems correct.

Then, you can use W.A.I.S. to set up your exposure before your subject arrives to perfect the shot.

Even the best photographer in the world can make careless mistakes if they don’t have time to find their light.

She questioned how this applied to the C.E.O. she was about to photograph at an event for her company.

I explained that using the prior P mode made a significant exposure, but it was not the image she required.

Yet, using W.A.I.S. as a checklist to set up your manual photographs, she would get the shot she wanted.

The checklist

  1. First, set your white balance. Set it to automatic and forget it. And as a professional photographer, I suggest that anyone set the automatic white balance on modern cameras. Some of us enjoy technical challenges in WB, but most of the time, the camera does a great job without modifications.
  2. Second, choose your aperture (also known as F-stop). If you are not sure where to start, begin in the middle. The average point for most lenses on the market today is F8. Remember, F8 is great! Any numbers lower than F8 produce a shallow depth of field (subject in focus, with the background more blurred). Any numbers higher than F8 on your apertures create a large depth of field (subject and background more in focus). The lower numbers produce more light, and the higher numbers make less light also. Set the aperture number that you choose and forget it.
  3. Third, choose your ISO. If you are confused about where to set your ISO, use this cheat sheet: 100 for bright sunny days, 400 for cloudy days, and 800 + for indoors and nighttime. Note: The lower ISOs will produce less light, and the higher ISOs will produce more light. The lower ISOs have less noise/grain, and the higher ISOs produce more noise/grain depending on the camera you use. Set the ISO that you choose and forget it.
  4. Last but not least, choose your shutter speed. If you are confused about where to start, there are two ways to go. The first is to set the shutter to 1/60th of a second (known as the handheld mode in photography). You can decide if you need to adjust darker or brighter. The second and more practical way is to use the camera’s built-in light meter.

The light meter

If you have never seen a light meter before, no worries. It looks like a little line when you look into your viewfinder.

Some more modern mirrorless cameras will have a digital light meter.

The normal light meter looks like this:

— ___|___|___|___0___|___|___|___ +

The newer light meters look like this:

— 1.0 or +2.0 will be on the bottom right of your screen if you have a camera that supports this style.

The first goal of the light meter is for you to try to balance the light by getting the dot or line to 0. On your digital light meters, you will see it read 0.0.

By using the W.A.I.S. formula above, you can easily set your shutter speed until your light meter gets to 0.

Every time your light changes, you change your light meter

Photo by Tirza van Dijk on Unsplash

If you are paying attention, the above method gives you an easy way to set up your photographs.

You have one job: playing with one setting under the shutter speed to learn.

I always suggest that my students play with one set at a time in M until they get comfortable with it.

Once you are comfortable, you can begin to play with the relationship of ALL the settings.

When you see the light change, change your shutter speed or settings to adjust your light meter.

With vigilance, you can get the image you want instead of the one your camera gives you.

And in the case of my student, she left my class with confidence.

Weeks later, my student shared that the CEO used her portrait for an email that went out to over 2 million people.

And the best part was that she created photographs every day after she understood her camera.

The photograph was a great shot, giving her momentum to take on other work in her company.

What we all need to remember about our cameras

Photo by Clark Tibbs on Unsplash

One secret I will leave you with today is that you do not have to shoot in manual mode.

A great photograph is excellent, no matter what mode you shoot in.

I like the joke someone once shared about a couple in a restaurant that shared a delicious meal.

They asked the waitress what pots and pans the chef used to produce such a great meal.

The waitress explained that the pots were from the local dollar store. The chef started his restaurant with love, passion, and experience.

The couple was shocked, thinking that the restaurant only used the most expensive of everything.

The moral of the joke: You do not need expensive equipment or fancy ingredients to make a great meal.

And the same applies to your photography. You do not need expensive cameras or fancy tricks to make great photographs.

Love, passion, and time are three gifts that create what we want in our photographs.

And now that you understand your camera more, you too can make what you want with practice, like my student.

Thank you

I hope that this has inspired you to pick up your camera today.

I made a downloadable cheat sheet for you to practice manual photography with bonus tips. You can download it on my Gumroad for just $1 if you would like.

Or download my video course on “How to Improve Your Photography in Just 16 Minutes” with this cheat sheet for $9.99.

If you have specific questions on photography, I am happy to set up a remote photography coaching session with you on Zoom.

Sessions begin at $35/hr, and like my student, I can help to get you where you want to be.

Go forth with confidence, and happy shooting!

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, photographer, teacher, writer, and digital nomad.
Contact me here to book a photography coaching session.
Or find my digital classes and Ebooks on Gumroad or Udemy. 
-Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. 
-Top photography and inspiration writer on Medium.
-Students in over 42 different countries.
I also have written for The Phoblographer, Adorama, Dpture, and more.
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!

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How to Use Notebooks for Better Creativity https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/How-to-Use-Notebooks-for-Better-Creativity Why you should keep a notebook
Notebook by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

If you are like me, you run into mental roadblocks from time to time.

These are the moments where the brain freezes, and we lose all momentum and inspiration to create.

We forget all time and space and feel lost.

Some moments out of procrastination. Others out of lack of motivation.

And this is where I turn to my trusted notebook to start anew.

Why a notebook?

Photo by pure julia on Unsplash

A notebook or sketchbook can be a place to document ideas.

There are often times in life when you have a great idea and wish to remember something. Yet, you do not have the time to explore it to full fruition.

This is when you turn to your trusted notebook.

Its blank pages allow you to write, draw, paste ideas, collect photographs, and more.

It never judges what is in its realm. It only holds what you hold most dear for you to re-explore.

And it can be a great way to organize what is in the mind’s eye to understand.

I perform brain dumps where I free write everything in my mind and then re-organize and order things.

Revisiting ideas

Photo by sarandy westfall on Unsplash

A notebook can also become a time capsule.

When you are bored or uninspired, it is there for you to revisit ideas.

I can’t count how often I needed an idea for a photo shoot or to write an article where my notebook saved me.

It can hold what you need until you are ready to go forth.

Keeping track of progress

Photo by Hayley Murray on Unsplash

A notebook can be your best ally if you are like me and find motivation by looking back at how you have progressed.

You can use it as a journal to document a time in your life.

It can be a way to keep yourself accountable for your goals.

And you can remember important things or moments in your life.

Sometimes it is easy to get distracted daily, and a notebook can be a great way to remember what is essential.

Goodbye distractions, hello notebook

Photo by Svyatoslav Romanov on Unsplash

In 2022 it can be effortless to get distracted. Distractions come in all shapes and sizes but can be particularly luring by technology.

You tell yourself that you will check your socials once more before you finish something. It always happens three hours later.

You check text messages and emails and read other articles on Medium. Yet, several hours later, you have still not accomplished anything.

Put away the technology. Lock it in a closet with a timed lock if you must.

Take your notebook into nature or your favorite spot on an adventure with you. Write, draw, and work to your heart’s content.

I leave a session with my notebook feeling much more accomplished than a computer.

And it is tangible. Paper feels good in the hands.

Find your favorite writing utensil, or get creative by committing things to your notebook.

Conclusion

Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash

Even if you are an accomplished individual in your life, a notebook can also keep track of triumphs and ideas.

Keeping a notebook is also a tremendous cathartic experience to give your mind a rest from a long day.

Sometimes giving yourself fifteen minutes to create something in your notebook can save the day.

And other times, your notebook can be the difference between losing a client and gaining a client when you need ideas.

Your notebook is there for you no matter what you do and where you go.

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, professional photographer, teacher, writer, and digital nomad. 
I travel the world with my family and camera giving others the gift of photography. 
Contact me here to book a photography lesson.
Or find my digital classes and Ebooks on Gumroad or Udemy. 
Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. Top photography writer on Medium. I also have written for The Phoblographer, Adorama, Dpture, and more.
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!

How to Use Notebooks for Better Creativity was originally published in ILLUMINATION on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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Time to Play is What I Have to Say; Nature Has Secrets to Love https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/Time-to-Play-is-What-I-Have-to-Say-Nature-Has-Secrets-to-Love On giving yourself the gift of adventures
Time to play by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

The week flies by and the sun is not seen. Time is the thief that forgets everything.

There is a glimmer — a shimmer.

Light touches the floor and you long for more.

Grab your camera and head for the hills. It does not matter where you find your photographic thrills.

When you get there take the time.

For every hour burnt, learn how to smile.

Breathe deep and tranquil now. Turn off the phone and take a bow.

It will be there tomorrow, and the days after that.

There is nothing in this moment that you need to @.

Get lost in nature it consumes your soul. It fills that dark empty hole.

And it regurgitates what once was human. After the week takes it all away.

The phone, the emails. The nagging sounds.

The office — the cold grey that gets you down.

Take the time to find a river. It is September ready to deliver.

Different colors, changes anew.

Explore it all is what we do.

Photograph everything that catches the eye. All you have to do is try.

And when you return, spend the time.

Look at your treasures that caught your eyes.

Learn, remember, and embrace.

This is the thing you long to taste.

The adventures fill the soul and heart.

Leave the week to find your start.

With camera in hand there is no wrong.

There are a million discoveries to carry us along.

On photographing nature 9/25/22.

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, professional photographer, teacher, writer, and digital nomad.
I travel the world with my family and camera giving others the gift of photography.
Contact me here to book a photography lesson.
Or find my digital classes and Ebooks on Gumroad or Udemy.
Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. Top photography writer on Medium. I also have written for The Phoblographer, Adorama, Dpture, and more.
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!

Time to Play is What I Have to Say; Nature Has Secrets to Love was originally published in Share a Picture on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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(Charlie Naebeck) charlie-naebeck inspiration photographer photography share-a-picture https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/Time-to-Play-is-What-I-Have-to-Say-Nature-Has-Secrets-to-Love Mon, 26 Sep 2022 13:31:21 GMT
Re-visiting My In Crossing Portfolio; How to Love Learning Photography https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/Re-visiting-My-In-Crossing-Portfolio-How-to-Love-Learning-Photography When rebelling against the grain helps you discover your voice

In Crossing by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

In 2015 I was burnt out on commercial photography. My work in fashion left me drained. There were many grueling hours that everyone wanted me to put in for the perfect image.

I worked sixteen-hour days, barely slept, and hated everyone’s opinions of my work.

They would say, “oh my goodness, this image is so perfect.”

I would see many people strive to hide their imperfections. I thought, why hide what makes us human? But then again, this multi-billion dollar industry brainwashes all in the name of the almighty dollar. Who am I to throw a cog in the machine?

Every time that I touched Photoshop, I cringed. Another high-pass image out the door where someone has no pores, I thought. Another digital liposuction for someone’s insecurities. Another clean-up of someone’s drunken night before a shoot. And I swept all the secrets under the digital rug.

My job paid me well, but I was very dissatisfied with the work. I was born to lie about my images. I was not photographing the truth. But then again, what is truth in photography?

Starting In Crossing

by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

I was in the streets of Manhattan when out of the corner of my eye, I saw a sign that said, “What’s stopping you?”

A million and one thoughts surfaced about how I wanted to quit my job falsifying photographs. And I thought to myself, what is stopping me?

I stopped for a moment and saw the literal reflection of myself in this advertisement. It dawned on me that this felt like a triumphant moment, so I pulled out my camera to document it.

Strangers on the streets (above), and a Mother’s love for her child (below) by Charlie Naebeck.

I have always had a love affair with light throughout the years I have photographed. If I see a great light, it does not matter what the subject is; I photograph it.

The above images were the gateway to what would become “In Crossing.” I had a goal in mind that I would shoot the anti-fashion. I would shoot in the streets with my voice. My intention was to share images closer to the truth without the hours and days of manipulation. In my heart, I wanted to return to my values instead of being an art director out for reads and profit.

I looked at these images together and drew in my sketchbook like a football coach forming the next play. I was going to make my next book.

Throwing the spaghetti to the wall to see if it sticks

Moto vs taxi vs my student by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

Long ago, an Italian friend introduced me to his Grandmother, who invited me to dinner.

I volunteered to help make the meal as a good guest should. My friend’s Grandma said in broken English, “would you like to test if the pasta is done?”

I agreed to help test when she picked up a clump of cooked pasta and flung it at the wall.

She should have been a pitcher for the New York Yankees with the velocity that the pasta hit the wall. I started in disbelief.

She turned to me and explained that to test if the pasta was al dente, her Mother taught her to see if it sticks to the wall. If it sticks, it is done. And if it does not stick, it needs more time.

I smiled and thought to myself, this is life. You have to test to see if the spaghetti sticks before you go forth.

As I started to photograph for my “In Crossing” book, I tested many experimental techniques. I tried to think of everything that a traditional photographer would not do.

This led me to shoot from the hip and at many unconventional angles. It was my big F-U to fashion.

I did not want the ‘perfect’ image.

I wanted something creative that spoke to my soul.

In the image above, I walked back from Union Square Park after teaching a class with my students. I saw the motorcycle from the corner of my eye next to a taxi. I thought it was an exciting combination for a race in my imagination. I shot blind from my hip with my camera pointed in the general direction of the scene.

What resulted spoke to me. It was a typical New York moment where you have people in the streets every day but do not interact with others. I introduced the interaction of the moto, taxi, and my student in one frame, and a question was born. Why don’t people interact more in their daily lives?

The boots

The Boots by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

As my experiments continued, I made it a point to expand what I photographed. I was far from interested in beauty. I wanted real moments that spoke to me.

I would walk the fourteenth street in Manhattan on my way to and from classes at a school I taught. One day I was walking and crossing under some scaffolding. Most New Yorkers make the mistake of never looking up. They may be too busy, in a hurry, or non-observant. I tried to always remember to look up.

When I looked up under the scaffolding, I saw a pair of feet dangling in the summer breeze. I wondered who they belonged to. Were they having lunch? Was it someone that climbed the scaffolding to take a rest? Or was it a mannequin?

I did not have time to investigate, but I did have my camera in hand and made the shot. I like to think that the boots are happy on a summer’s day.

The man with the cigarette and newspaper

Man with cigarette and newspaper by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

Every day I walked towards The Highline on the fourteenth street, I would commonly see a man with a cigarette and a newspaper.

I was always curious why he decided to sit on the stairs of the same building scowling at his newspaper. His cigarette was always in his right hand, drifting into the breeze. And he reminded me a bit of my Grandfather.

For many weeks, I wanted to stop to say hello but could not pull the courage in my gut to approach him. I felt like he would be the type to scream, “get off my damn lawn, you crazy kids,” at me, which stopped me.

One day I realized that he was not there on several walks toward the Highline. I wondered, did he pass away? Did he move? Maybe he decided that his sofa in his home was more comfortable to read the paper on.

But I never saw him again.

Conclusion

Cat in a backpack by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

Like the gypsy cat in someone’s backpack above, I felt that my street photography saved me. It kept me from the familiar feeling that I was a number in a system to make someone else’s vision.

Work always works, but we all need something to feed the creative soul for balance. And for me, I photographed 8,532 images over one year in the streets of New York City.

My book, “In Crossing,” explored the idea of interactions and human nature.

If you are someone like me who struggles with the idea of ‘perfect’ imagery, I would highly suggest going out to the streets and having an adventure.

I wrote about the twelve benefits of street photography here if you want to see how it can help you improve your photography.

And if you would like to see more of my “In Crossing” work and support me as a photographer, I recently made the book available for the first time digitally here:

In Crossing - by Charlie Naebeck

It is $9.99, and proceeds go to helping me create more content to inspire photographers as a teacher. My other books are also available on Gumroad now for digital download.

Have you struggled as a photographer also? Let me know how you work and what you do to overcome it in the comments.

Happy shooting!

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, professional photographer, teacher, life coach, and digital nomad. 
Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. Top photography writer on Medium. I also have written for The Phoblographer, Adorama, Dpture, and more.
I travel the world with my family and camera giving others the gift of photography. I also consult with businesses to help develop content creation strategies for business engagement.
Contact me here to book a session.
Download my digital classes and Ebooks here where I provide many valuable insights and tips. 
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!
P.S. If you are interested in how I got to this point in my life, read my story here.

Re-visiting My In Crossing Portfolio; How to Love Learning Photography was originally published in Photography101 on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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Advice for Discouraged Photographers and Writers https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/Advice-for-Discouraged-Photographers-and-Writers-1 On the human nature of creating

Photo by Paola Chaaya on Unsplash

I recently saw an article from another writer about how they wanted to leave Medium. Their work was not getting the engagement they wanted, and they felt very discouraged.

Many comments followed, including from the OP, on how my advice helped rekindle inspiration.

It got me thinking about how in photography, I have stopped and started so many times also due to my own self-implosions.

I think they happen to the best of us, and as photographers/writers, it is easy to second guess or feel discouraged.

Here is my advice that I shared in a comment to another writer. I made some slight modifications, as this applies to ALL creators, including photographers.

If you want to write, write. And if you want to photograph, photograph. All you need is a pen and a piece of paper or a camera.

If you want to share with others, you have to constantly find new ways to engage others. On Medium, you write. And in photography, you photograph. Then you promote if you want people to find you.

Most make the mistake of posting thinking that their creation is enough. Sadly it is not to accomplish the goal of engagement. To accomplish that, treat your creation more like a business funnel.

Yet, do engage everyone authentically.

If you leave, you leave. Medium continues. Your writing and photography continues if you choose to do so.

However, if you want an honest opinion, I am guessing you are taking more issue with the fact that Medium did not hand you engagement and a pat on the back on a silver platter.

This goes into self worth, doubt, and a downward spiral. None of which have to do with creating exactly.

Maybe take some time and create for yourself. Be selfish and engage your own work to make discoveries.

When you know who you are, the engagement of your creation will not matter as much.

Numbers are numbers.

And to get eyeballs in 2022 where everyone is utterly distracted it takes a lot of hard work.

So it is your decision, but there is a fork in the road.

One way is to stay and put in the hard work, or the other is to leave.

Good luck no matter which you choose!

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, professional photographer, teacher, life coach, ex-pat, and digital nomad. 
Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. Top photography writer on Medium. I also have written for The Phoblographer, Adorama, Dpture, and more.
I travel the world with my family and camera giving others the gift of photography. I also consult with businesses to help develop content creation strategies for business engagement.
Contact me here to book a session.
Download my digital classes and Ebooks here where I provide many valuable insights and tips. 
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!
P.S. If you are interested in how I got to this point in my life, read my story here.

Advice for Discouraged Photographers and Writers was originally published in ILLUMINATION on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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Advice for Discouraged Photographers and Writers https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/Advice-for-Discouraged-Photographers-and-Writers On the human nature of creating

Photo by Paola Chaaya on Unsplash

I recently saw an article from another writer about how they wanted to leave Medium. Their work was not getting the engagement they wanted, and they felt very discouraged.

Many comments followed, including from the OP, on how my advice helped rekindle inspiration.

It got me thinking about how in photography, I have stopped and started so many times also due to my own self-implosions.

I think they happen to the best of us, and as photographers/writers, it is easy to second guess or feel discouraged.

Here is my advice that I shared in a comment to another writer. I made some slight modifications, as this applies to ALL creators, including photographers.

If you want to write, write. And if you want to photograph, photograph. All you need is a pen and a piece of paper or a camera.

If you want to share with others, you have to constantly find new ways to engage others. On Medium, you write. And in photography, you photograph. Then you promote if you want people to find you.

Most make the mistake of posting thinking that their creation is enough. Sadly it is not to accomplish the goal of engagement. To accomplish that, treat your creation more like a business funnel.

Yet, do engage everyone authentically.

If you leave, you leave. Medium continues. Your writing and photography continues if you choose to do so.

However, if you want an honest opinion, I am guessing you are taking more issue with the fact that Medium did not hand you engagement and a pat on the back on a silver platter.

This goes into self worth, doubt, and a downward spiral. None of which have to do with creating exactly.

Maybe take some time and create for yourself. Be selfish and engage your own work to make discoveries.

When you know who you are, the engagement of your creation will not matter as much.

Numbers are numbers.

And to get eyeballs in 2022 where everyone is utterly distracted it takes a lot of hard work.

So it is your decision, but there is a fork in the road.

One way is to stay and put in the hard work, or the other is to leave.

Good luck no matter which you choose!

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, professional photographer, teacher, life coach, ex-pat, and digital nomad. 
Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. Top photography writer on Medium. I also have written for The Phoblographer, Adorama, Dpture, and more.
I travel the world with my family and camera giving others the gift of photography. I also consult with businesses to help develop content creation strategies for business engagement.
Contact me here to book a session.
Download my digital classes and Ebooks here where I provide many valuable insights and tips. 
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!
P.S. If you are interested in how I got to this point in my life, read my story here.

Advice for Discouraged Photographers and Writers was originally published in ILLUMINATION on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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(Charlie Naebeck) depression illumination inspiration photography writing https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/Advice-for-Discouraged-Photographers-and-Writers Fri, 23 Sep 2022 13:22:06 GMT
How to Start with a Bang; Zero to Nine Hundred Followers in a Month on Medium https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/How-to-Start-with-a-Bang-Zero-to-Nine-Hundred-Followers-in-a-Month-on-Medium My secrets on how I started
Photo by saeed karimi on Unsplash

On August 17th, 2022, I sat on my couch with my coffee as usual.

I was submitting job applications for additional remote work when it dawned on me.

I did not need another nine to five; I simply needed to move my ass to share more of what I do to inspire others.

Someone once told me that if you want to establish yourself with authority on a subject, write about it.

And I remembered that Medium was where one of my friends got a career started years ago.

I thought, what do I have to lose?

Reach for the sky and set your goals high

Photo by Jeremy Perkins on Unsplash

On my first day, I looked at my follower count and stats. Both were new and shiny, full of possibilities.

While I am not new at writing, I am new to Medium. And I am also no stranger to how social networking and web traffic work. Before the pandemic, I deleted over 187k followers on my Instagram.

Sometimes it takes a pandemic to get you to sit still long enough to learn and figure out what you want to do.

For me, that is teaching and giving the gift of photography.

I decided to start completely fresh, one follower at a time.

During this time, many reached out to me after I published my first takes on my time here at Medium.

On September 12th, I published “Observations From One Amazing Month On Medium.” At this time, I was at 328 followers, over 14k views, and 4,218 reads.

A mere nine days later, I am at 900 followers, 46,593 views, and 13,945 reads. I also am a top writer in the categories of photography and inspiration. And I started my first publication to invite others, “Share a Picture.”
9–21–22 Charlie Naebeck
9–21–22 Charlie Naebeck

I am still getting the hang of a lot of things on Medium like playing with formatting and finding publications. But I am getting there.

A recipe for success

Photo by Ian Stauffer on Unsplash

Here is another recipe that I would like to share. I like to cook, and finding success needs a recipe, also.

The Newbie’s Guide to Starting on Medium

Ingredient list:

  • Lots of great content
  • Patience
  • Passion
  • Promotion
  • Stick with what you know
  • More promotion
  • Submit to publications both on and off Medium
  • Write every day
  • Don’t get lost in the numbers
  • Help others and be genuine
  • Engage (don’t post and run away)
  • And did I mention promotion?

Start writing about what you know and love from the bottom of your heart. Be patient and let it come to a simmer.

Edit, edit, and edit until it comes to a rolling boil.

When you re-read it to yourself and are passionate about it, others will be too.

After you post, promote your Medium account or post in other places outside Medium. Do not post in only one spot. Create on all social media, guest blog for others, use syndication, and find your RSS feed to share with many places for starters.

The RSS feed will produce a delicious result in your promotion, much more effortless. Example (https://medium.com/feed/yournamegoeshere).

It may be tempting to chase ‘popular’ topics for follows and claps but don’t. If you engage a relevant subject from this moment, relate it to what YOU do. Stick with what you know.

Promote again. Spend at least fifteen minutes daily to share your posts on your channels. This will draw eyes to what you are doing.

Look for other publications to share your work with. This can be here on Medium, or it can be off of Medium.

For Medium publications, search a term of something that you like, and then hit enter. This will bring up a list of your results and a publications tab.

Take time to find the ones you feel are right for you and reach out to them. Most people here on Medium are friendly and happy to welcome you aboard as a writer.

For publications off of Medium, use Google to find other blogs, companies, and places to submit your work. As an example, I write about photography as one of my topics. I Google photography blogs and reach out to them to see if they are interested in writers.

Write every day for at least one hour if possible. This will keep your chops sharp and promote discipline and success.

Don’t get lost in the number of followers and stats.

It is nice to see results of hard work, but it happens because YOU produce good content that people find helpful.

This leads me to mix helping other people with this recipe. If you genuinely help someone, it will go a long way. If you post self-loathing dribble, that is for you; sadly, not many will read it. Be helpful.

Mix in genuine engagement with your followers and commenters. It can be grueling sometimes to see negative comments, but it comes with the territory. Take everything with a grain of salt, and remain positive. Reply as kindly as you can to all who take the time to comment and clap.

And did I mention promotion? Add promotion to your mix until you see your articles cook well. You can take a mediocre piece and make it shine with the right eyes. Sometimes the rise is the secret.

When you finish your posts, consume them with a grain of salt, and always prepare ideas for your next posts. It is helpful to keep a small notebook and pen in your pocket or start drafts in the Medium app to support ideas. This way, you will always have something to write about.

Bonus tips and tricks

Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash

Always check your writing by reading and re-reading it several times. Great writers always edit and re-edit until their work is polished.

Use a page like Grammarly or Hemingway to correct errors.

This will help strengthen your writing and communicate better.

Ask for a coach or creative mentor to take a look at your writing before publishing. There are those of us that are happy to help others get started in their path as well.

And last but not least, have fun! What is the point of doing it if you are not having fun doing it?

As for me, I want to say a giant THANK YOU to everyone so kind and supportive here on Medium. I look forward to the adventure with you all.

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, professional photographer, teacher, life coach, ex-pat, and digital nomad.
Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. Top photography writer on Medium. I also have written for The Phoblographer, Adorama, Dpture, and more.
I travel the world with my family and camera giving others the gift of photography. I also consult with businesses to help develop content creation strategies for business engagement.
I can help you:  
-Improve your photography and content creation skills remotely or in person
-Create better content for your blog, social media, or business
-Learn how to make passive income while you create what you love
-Develop an engagement strategy for your media
-Coach you on how to set up your goals for success
Contact me here to book a session.Download my digital classes and Ebooks here where I provide many valuable insights and tips. My students and clients find it helpful to keep my advice digital in their pockets.
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!
P.S. If you are interested in how I got to this point in my life, read my story here.

How to Start with a Bang; Zero to Nine Hundred Followers in a Month on Medium was originally published in ILLUMINATION on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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(Charlie Naebeck) illumination medium-writers new-writers photography writers-on-writing https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/How-to-Start-with-a-Bang-Zero-to-Nine-Hundred-Followers-in-a-Month-on-Medium Fri, 23 Sep 2022 09:14:41 GMT
My View of the Pacific; It Was a Terrific Hike I Love https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/My-View-of-the-Pacific-It-Was-a-Terrific-Hike-I-Love One of my favorite images from Cape Flattery, WA
Cape Flattery view of the Pacific by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

I originally discovered this magical place back in the late 90s. Circumstances took me to Seattle, and I explored many of its Grunge roots.

But one thing is clear. I have always had an affinity for nature.

There are no people, its smell, its sounds, its energy, the adventure.

By circumstance, I was invited to travel several hours North West of Seattle to a place called Cape Flattery.

If you are leaving Seattle, you can take the car ferry across Puget Sound to Bainbridge Island.

Bainbridge Island is another magical place, in my opinion, aside from Cape Flattery, but I will save that story for another day.

If you proceed North West, you will come close to Olympic National Park and move to a reservation. The reservation is for the Makah tribe.

The recreational permit to enter the reservation is only USD $20 and is suitable for the entire calendar year.

Once you enter the reservation, follow the signs until you reach Cape Flattery. It is the North West most point of the continental United States before you leave to visit Alaska.

The Cape Flattery hike is magical. You will pass lush, dramatic backdrops as you travel toward the ocean. You can find more information about the walk here.

Once you reach the ocean, you will see the deep blue water of the Pacific. I have traveled a lot and never seen water so blue.

One of my other favorite parts of the Cape Flattery hike is the islands that jut out of the Pacific like small mountains. I had never seen anything like this before visiting Cape Flattery.

I remember the smell of the pine trees. The drift of the current in the water as I stood in the breeze at the lookout point. I sat for hours and listened to nature stories. And this location quickly found its way to my heart as one of my favorite places on the planet.

If you visit, make sure to go early. Earlier in the day is more tranquil, and you will find fewer hikers on the trail. It is said that the trees whisper from time to time.

Listen to their secrets.

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, professional photographer, teacher, life coach, ex-pat, and digital nomad. 
Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. Top photography writer on Medium. I also have written for The Phoblographer, Adorama, Dpture, and more.
I travel the world with my family and camera giving others the gift of photography. I also consult with businesses to help develop content creation strategies for business engagement.
I can help you:  
-Improve your photography and content creation skills remotely or in person
-Create better content for your blog, social media, or business
-Learn how to make passive income while you create what you love
-Develop an engagement strategy for your media
-Coach you on how to set up your goals for success
Contact me here to book a session.
Download my digital classes and Ebooks here where I provide many valuable insights and tips. My students and clients find it helpful to keep my advice digital in their pockets.
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!
P.S. If you are interested in how I got to this point in my life, read my story here.

My View of the Pacific; It Was a Terrific Hike I Love was originally published in Share a Picture on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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(Charlie Naebeck) cape-flattery photography travel travel-writing washington https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/My-View-of-the-Pacific-It-Was-a-Terrific-Hike-I-Love Fri, 23 Sep 2022 07:39:15 GMT
I Hate Making Money but They Gave Me Lots; Do You Want to Know How? https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/I-Hate-Making-Money-but-They-Gave-Me-Lots-Do-You-Want-to-Know-How They gave me $500 again for just one post
Photo by Travis Essinger on Unsplash

It was early this morning when I stumbled out of my bed. The light in the window fluttered throughout the room. I heard the neighbor’s dog howling. And I was thinking about the future for my family.

Sounds of a motorcycle without a muffler rumbled from the street as I entered the kitchen. I emptied yesterday’s coffee grounds into the trash as I prepared a new pot to fit to use for rocket fuel. And I picked up my phone, half paying attention to what I was rifling through my sleep-deprived mind.

The larger question on my mind is how to continue to support my family without a traditional nine-to-five.

I have tried a lot of different avenues in my life to make money. Some worked out very well, while others did not. My most grueling experience was selling vacuum cleaners on commission door to door. And if it were up to me, my family would live remote on a sustainable plot of land with no need for modern conventions or money.

Modern conventions always seem to distract from what is most important in life, which is why I hate money. Money often leads to more more more and can create stress, anxiety, and take you on a downward spiral.

But as I checked my email, I spit out my coffee as I gasped.

They sent me $500 again for one post.

Who, what, how, when, why

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

As I read on, I realized which post it was exactly. Some of my more popular posts lately on Medium have been about how to make money and write on Medium.

And if you have been reading me since the beginning of my Medium journey, you will understand that I write about these things as a necessary evil. I write about these things because someone out there is fighting the same fight I am trying to support a family. But the honest answer is I would much prefer to stay in my wheelhouse of writing about photography and adventures. And this is one reason that I hate the necessity of making money.

The post that made me $500 before the coffee is on a new company called Noumena.

If you read my other posts about them here and here, you already know they are a start-up. They work with small businesses and freelancers to offer financial advice, start-up resources, and networking opportunities.

But $500 for one sleepy morning? Seriously.

I am a skeptic, and I believe in facts over dribble. Me being me investigates everything to make sure that it is accurate. I opened my Noumena app, and there was $500 more.

How I make money with Noumena and you can too

Photo by 金 运 on Unsplash

Let me preface this with the fact that it is NOT a get-rich-quick plan. And let me be transparent. I am an affiliate marketer, among other titles that I wear.

Some people think it is spam, but this is my Medium page, not yours. Yet, I believe in supporting programs that are a win-win for everyone. And I provide helpful information for those who have discipline and work hard to have an opportunity at something that may benefit them.

With that said, let me introduce the ways that I make money on Noumena:
  1. Referrals: Right now, Noumena has a referral program for just one more week where if you refer a friend that signs up, you get USD $30, and your friend gets USD $30. That is a win-win, in my book. It is extra cash in your pocket and supports people in your life. And if you sign up before the end of September, you can take full advantage of this. I told all my friends, which is one big way to make money from Noumena. If you want a free $30, you are welcome to use my code with the instructions here. Note: You must have a US bank account to receive the payout.
  2. Networking: Noumena is also a great networking program. I got a question this morning that mentioned Noumena is a bit vague on how you can network. You will learn that you network with other businesses if you read my post here. It is like social media for small businesses and freelancers. How your network depends on what YOU need. Me, I teach photography and content creation also. I have used Noumena to reach out to other businesses to see if they need assistance with their photos or content creation. So far, this has landed me several lucrative contracts and leads simply by asking and introducing myself. I outlined an introduction to Noumena here to help.
  3. Posts: Like any other social platform, Noumena has the ability for you to create posts. They call them “Noums.” I have used my Noumena to post about business opportunities, helpful tips for other companies that drive leads to me, and character posts. You generally use four styles of posts in business character, authority, affinity, and action that work well. I have had the most success with character posts.

Will I continue with Noumena after September 30th

Photo by Matt Howard on Unsplash

The answer is YES.

I find great value in networking and engaging with other small businesses. Aside from the referral program that ends on September 30th, Noumena will allow me to reach other like-minded individuals for success.

I will continue to post and share what I do with my network on Noumena. And I will also continue to write about them and what they announce in the future. They are, after all, coming out of beta soon, I heard.

If a start-up provides this much value from its early days, I look forward to seeing what opportunities are ahead for its future.

And if you want to check them out for yourself, visit noumena.pro. You can read about them and what they do on your own terms.

If you decide to sign up and would like an extra $30 to check them out, you can use my code here.

In the meantime, I will continue with the necessary evil of vetting these programs for you so that you don’t have to guess. I believe in transparency, and I believe in building business relationships that last.

So if you are a small business owner or freelancer, let me know what you also do. I would love to see if we can help each other grow.

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, professional photographer, teacher, life coach, ex-pat, and digital nomad. 
Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. Top photography writer on Medium. I also have written for The Phoblographer, Adorama, Dpture, and more.
I travel the world with my family and camera giving others the gift of photography. I also consult with businesses to help develop content creation strategies for business engagement.
I can help you:  
-Improve your photography and content creation skills remotely or in person
-Create better content for your blog, social media, or business
-Learn how to make passive income while you create what you love
-Develop an engagement strategy for your media
-Coach you on how to set up your goals for success
Contact me here to book a session.
Download my digital classes and Ebooks here where I provide many valuable insights and tips. My students and clients find it helpful to keep my advice digital in their pockets.
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!
P.S. If you are interested in how I got to this point in my life, read my story here.
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(Charlie Naebeck) inspiration make-money-online money referral-marketing small-business https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/I-Hate-Making-Money-but-They-Gave-Me-Lots-Do-You-Want-to-Know-How Thu, 22 Sep 2022 08:04:17 GMT
Write About Your First Picture; Did You Love Or Hate It? https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/Write-About-Your-First-Picture-Did-You-Love-Or-Hate-It Share your first picture and the story behind it
My first picture — by Charlie Naebeck

My first photograph was at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

My Grandmother gave me my first camera at age ten, and my family went on vacation.

I remember watching the parade on Main Street, the USA, in Disney with awe and wonder. I heard the people clapping and cheering as the characters waved. It smelled like cotton candy and sun tan lotion.

I wondered if anyone actually consumed suntan lotion in their cotton candy. People like to bathe in that stuff.

I saw Winnie the Pooh parade down Main Street. I unpacked my camera from my backpack and click it happened. Whinnie looked so happy. I had to document the moment. My family was happy too, and it was a good day.

Looking back at this photograph, it is not the most sound image, but it brings back the memory as if it were yesterday.

Photographs have the power to transcend us to a place and time.

Photographs can remember.

And photographs are something that feeds the soul.

Your turn

Photo by Casey Horner on Unsplash

As photographers, we all have that moment where we push the button to make magic for the first time.

We often feel excitement and awe throughout our entire being when we learn that we can capture life. And it is fun!

We will share new weekly prompts here on Share a Picture to inspire and encourage others.

This week is: Share your first picture and to write about it.

If you don’t have your first picture, no worries.

Share a photo you love that reminds you of the first time you pushed the shutter to make your first photograph.

Here are some questions to get you going:

What did it feel like to capture the image?

What was the first image?

Did you learn something from your first image?

Did it inspire you to photograph something else?

What did you do with the image?

What were the settings? What camera? What lens?

Who were you with?

What did it smell like on the day you made the image?

What did you hear?

Where were you?

What inspired you to make this image?

Please feel free to be as creative as you like with your writing.

When you finish, please tag “shareapicture” when you submit.

If you are not yet a contributor to Share a Picture, you can read about how to join our publication here.

Happy shooting and happy writing!

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, professional photographer, teacher, life coach, ex-pat, and digital nomad.
Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. Top photography writer on Medium. I also have written for The Phoblographer, Adorama, Dpture, and more.
I travel the world with my family and camera giving others the gift of photography. I also consult with businesses to help develop content creation strategies for business engagement.
I can help you:  
-Improve your photography and content creation skills remotely or in person
-Create better content for your blog, social media, or business
-Learn how to make passive income while you create what you love
-Develop an engagement strategy for your media
-Coach you on how to set up your goals for success
Contact me here to book a session.
Download my digital classes and Ebooks here where I provide many valuable insights and tips. My students and clients find it helpful to keep my advice digital in their pockets.
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.Thank you!
P.S. If you are interested in how I got to this point in my life, read my story here.

Write About Your First Picture; Did You Love Or Hate It? was originally published in Share a Picture on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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(Charlie Naebeck) new-publication photographer photography shareapicture writer https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/Write-About-Your-First-Picture-Did-You-Love-Or-Hate-It Wed, 21 Sep 2022 09:29:02 GMT
How to Improve Your Photography; A Gift You’ll Love — September 2022 https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/How-to-Improve-Your-Photography-A-Gift-You-ll-Love-September-2022 How to Improve Your Photography; A Gift You’ll Love — September 2022

Happy September!

I want to start a new tradition where I write to you once monthly to see how you are doing. I often wonder how you are and how your photography is.

Are you getting the best out of your camera?

Do you have questions? Or do you need a refresher on how to do something?

I think about these things all of the time. So I decided to expand on ways that we can connect to keep you on top of your photography game.

A rainbow over Medellin Colombia by Charlie Naebeck

What’s New for September 2022:

New video courses:

I am very excited to share that I have partnered with Udemy and Gumroad to offer video-based photography lessons.

The first in the new series rolling out over the next several months is: How to Improve Your Photography; a Gift You’ll Love.

This means you will have me in your pocket whenever you want to learn photography!

In the first new class of the series, I cover:

-How to start in any shooting mode on your camera.
-How you can quickly shoot in manual mode.
-How to improve your camera technique.
-The three main lighting types in photography and when to use them.
-Tips and tricks to jump-start your specific photography goals.

This excellent course for beginner photographers is great for advanced photographers to refresh!

I will have you back on your game in just sixteen minutes and thirty-five seconds, making images you love.

This course is just USD $9.99 to download.

You can watch it and take notes or practice as often as you like.

And I have designed it for busy people like you so that you get the most out of your photography time!

Other new spots to learn:

This September, I also returned to one of my other loves; writing.

How many of you knew that about me when taking my classes?

I love to write, and I decided it was time to share ALL of my secrets.

I write daily on Medium. If you would like to give me a follow there, I can share other great resources for your photography.

You will find articles in my Medium on photography, life, being an ex-pat, the digital nomad life, and of course, you can see my photography.

And don’t be surprised if you see me pop up in some of your favorite online photography resources soon.

New Publication

I started a brand new publication on Medium called “Share a Picture”.

I invite photographers and writers of all skill levels to join as contributors.

Once you are added as a contributor, you are welcome to share as often as you like.

The concept is simple to choose a photograph that you want to write about, and to write about it. Think about what Duane Michals or Robert Frank would have done with their imagery with word and image.

This is designed to help us all to keep our photography and writing chops honed.

It also builds community to showcase amazing talent on Medium.

If you are interested in contributing, please check out details here.

Thank you!

And as always, if you want to refresh your photography or learn a new skill for your photography, I am available for Zoom photography lessons worldwide.

I also teach in-person photography lessons currently in Medellin, Colombia.

I would love to hear from you on how YOUR photography is.

I can be reached directly at charlie@charlienaebeck.co and would love to see the photos that you have created.

Thank you, and happy shooting!

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, professional photographer, teacher, life coach, ex-pat, and digital nomad.
Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. Top photography writer on Medium. I also have written for The Phoblographer, Adorama, Dpture, and more.
I travel the world with my family and camera giving others the gift of photography. I also consult with businesses to help develop content creation strategies for business engagement.
I can help you:  
-Improve your photography and content creation skills remotely or in person
-Create better content for your blog, social media, or business
-Learn how to make passive income while you create what you love
-Develop an engagement strategy for your media
-Coach you on how to set up your goals for success
Contact me here to book a session.Download my digital classes and Ebooks here where I provide many valuable insights and tips. My students and clients find it helpful to keep my advice digital in their pockets.
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!
P.S. If you are interested in how I got to this point in my life, read my story here.

How to Improve Your Photography; A Gift You’ll Love — September 2022 was originally published in Share a Picture on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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(Charlie Naebeck) newsletter photographer photography share-a-picture writer https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/How-to-Improve-Your-Photography-A-Gift-You-ll-Love-September-2022 Tue, 20 Sep 2022 11:38:53 GMT
How to Set Yourself Up for Success; The Income Octopus https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/How-to-Set-Yourself-Up-for-Success-The-Income-Octopus Why it is important to have multiple income streams
Photo by Serena Repice Lentini on Unsplash

When I first started out as a photographer, I was very naive.

I thought that I would work for ALL of the high-end publications and that they would come knocking at my door. I was wrong.

What no one tells you in art school or business is to set yourself up for success. You have to figure out what works best for YOU.

And having many assets that bring you income at once is an excellent way to set up for success.

Introducing the income octopus

Photo by Austin Distel on Unsplash

What I will introduce to you is not an actual octopus, of course.

But like an octopus, it, too, has nine legs. Or shall I say nine different ways to make income for your life?

I am not the originator for this term.

I browsed Youtube a few years back when I encountered Brendan van Son.

Brendan talked about a concept called “The Income Octopus” on his Youtube channel.

The concept is simple: nine different income sources so that the rest will continue if one stops.

Most photographers fail by limits to one source of income with client work. And most do not look at the bigger picture of how you can make money with your photography.

Let’s break it down together

Photo by Austin Distel on Unsplash

If you wish to draw an octopus on a sheet of paper, this is how Brendan showed it.

Each of the nine arms on your octopus will be labeled with the income source.

Now the tricky part is for photographers what entails an income source.

Let’s break it down together:

  1. Client work. This is where you create photos for someone. It is demanding because you have to be engaged in finding new clients while maintaining existing clients. This is the first leg of your octopus.
  2. Publications. Depending on the magazine, it can be very lucrative for a photographer. It is often best to start with smaller publications before you target the big ones. To pitch, see the publication’s masthead in print or online, and write your best pitch letter to the editor. Be prepared to hear a thousand nos before you get a yes.
  3. Social Media sponsorships. This can make some decent money, depending on how you handle it. If you are a photographer with a large organic following, reach out to brands you wish to partner.
  4. Teaching. While you are not shooting or doing anything else, try teaching. Not everyone has the knack for it, but it can be a gratifying gift to give someone else the gift of photography.
  5. Writing. As I write to you here on Medium, I must say that writing and blogging for others can be a great source of income. You won’t get rich off of it, but it does help to sustain the bills.
  6. Photography affiliate programs. While you are writing, join a couple of photography affiliate programs. Even Amazon is an excellent idea for this. You will use a link, and then they pay you a percentage of sales from people that use your links.
  7. Are you a part-time photographer? Rent out your gear. Rent out your equipment to others for a fee. This can be a great way to make extra income while your bag is sitting idle. You can also sock away money to buy more gear.
  8. Stock photography. While there is not a lot of money to be had in stock photography, uploading your photographs into stock agencies or microstock agencies can be a great way to make some extra passive income while you work.
  9. Youtube. Lots of professional photographers try creating Youtube channels. While this will not get you much extra money quickly, once you hit the magic number of followers to get paid, it can happen very soon.

Extra tips:

The above are nine sources of income for a photographer. You can apply the income octopus idea to any profession if you wish.

And if you are like me, you expand past what photography can make you. For example, I am a life coach and a TEFL/TESOL certified English teacher. This helps to fill in the blanks when one arm of the octopus is slow or gets chopped off.

Conclusion:

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Is the income octopus right for you? Only you can answer that question.

But if you wish to get outside the typical dull nine to five, setting yourself up for success is the answer.

Many income streams, like the idea of the income octopus, can be beneficial to lead you to success.

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, professional photographer, teacher, life coach, ex-pat, and digital nomad.
Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. Top photography writer on Medium. I also have written for The Phoblographer, Adorama, Dpture, and more.
I travel the world with my family and camera giving others the gift of photography. I also consult with businesses to help develop content creation strategies for business engagement.
I can help you:  
-Improve your photography and content creation skills remotely or in person
-Create better content for your blog, social media, or business
-Learn how to make passive income while you create what you love
-Develop an engagement strategy for your media
-Coach you on how to set up your goals for success
Contact me here to book a session.
Download my digital classes and Ebooks here where I provide many valuable insights and tips. My students and clients find it helpful to keep my advice digital in their pockets.
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!
P.S. If you are interested in how I got to this point in my life, read my story here.

How to Set Yourself Up for Success; The Income Octopus was originally published in New Writers Welcome on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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(Charlie Naebeck) make-money multiple-income-streams new-writers-welcome photographer photography https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/How-to-Set-Yourself-Up-for-Success-The-Income-Octopus Mon, 19 Sep 2022 23:37:56 GMT
Visiting My Student Photography Portfolio After a Long Time; Glimpses https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/Visiting-My-Student-Photography-Portfolio-After-a-Long-Time-Glimpses How it all began as a new photographer

Glimpses by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

Imagine that you wake up in the morning and open your eyes. You may see your ceiling, window, or alarm clock first.

You just witnessed an image embedded in your mind for the next 15 seconds.

You quickly roll back over after hitting the snooze button on your alarm
clock and drift back into a cozy slumber. Ten minutes later, your alarm goes
off again, and you awake.

The next thing that you see is your coffee pot as you sleepily rub your eyes.

We capture these images in our mind’s eye and are affectionately called “Glimpses.”

In the “Glimpses” project, I immersed myself in studying time and experienced my curiosity in college.

What does it mean to live for the moment and experience the moment without pre-disposition?

Is it possible to not be pre-disposed to a moment? What is it like to react instead of pre-meditating an outcome simply?

Is it possible to live purely in a moment without the interference of the past or future?

And when is a moment without any other context or subjectification/objectification?

As I photographed as a student in Italy, these questions floated through my mind.

Years later, I became a teacher. I decided to publish my work in a book format to inspire my students that it is ok to make mistakes while learning photography.

If I don’t share my mistakes, I can’t expect anyone else to communicate errors and learn.

How this project got started

Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash

When I was a student in college, we were required to do a study abroad program.

I chose to complete mine in Florence, Italy, at a school by the name of SACI.

SACI is an art school that made a partnership with the University of Michigan.

I chose to study for one month in my program because it met my college’s requirements, and I could not afford more.

When I landed in Florence, SACI sent a student representative to greet the students from UM.

We were taken to apartments owned by the school to share with other students to drop off our luggage.

After getting settled, we were given a tour of our surroundings and the magic that is Florence, Italy.

I remember that I acted the part of a tourist at first.

I was the guy wearing the Detroit baseball cap and the pasty white legs in shorts. I was the guy that did not speak a lick of Italian. I was a fish out of water for what was about to come my way.

But it was all about changing my perspective on the first day of classes.

Advanced black and white film photography

Vino Rosso Di Bolgheri by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

I entered SACI on my first day of classes and was told I needed to report to the second floor.

I trudged up the stairs, half hung over from the wine I had drunk with my new housemates the night before.

At the top of the stairs were two enormous wooden doors twice my height that entered the photography classroom.

As I walked in, many other students from UM and other schools were settling into their seats.

I noticed substantial beautiful windows with rays of crystal-like light that entered the room through them. And I was very excited to begin.

The teacher that gave me a nudge in the right direction

Me with one of my favorite professors, Romeo Di Loreto by Audrey Renfrow

Before this moment, I took a lot of portraiture and fashion photographs.

I thought I was the bee’s knees of hot shit and that Conde Nast would come knocking at my door to beg me to work for them.

And please forgive me, friends; I may have come off as arrogant at the time.

In our first week of class, Professor Romeo Di Loreto saw me for what I was trying to be and in contrast for who I actually am.

He has an inexpiable gift to inspire others with his advice and to point you in the direction of what he sees in you.

Romeo gave me my first experiences in looking at photographers like Duane Michals, Robert Frank (who I would later befriend in NYC), Cartier-Bresson, and countless others.

Romeo gave us a project to buy ten rolls of tri-X 400 black and white and to shoot one thing we loved long term.

I had no clue what I wanted to shoot.

I remember that I brought him portraits of models.

He urged me to try some street photography to see what I saw in Florence.

I remember that one day I brought him a contact sheet with a photograph of a shoe in a storefront window.

He circled it and marked it with high praise as one of my best shots with his yellow grease pencil. I could not understand at the time why, but later on, in life, I understood the lesson.

The shoe by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

Another image on my contact sheets was an old chair sitting next to the laundry.

My housemates and I spent time on the balcony in this chair at night drinking and talking until the sun came up. It was always fascinating to see the chair in the light of day to me.

The Chair by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

I learned a lot about dappled light through trees in my adventures.

Dappled light through trees by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

I learned a LOT about shutter speed control at this time. And I made mistakes that became happy accidents.

One of my mistakes was not understanding that P mode on my camera would give me a very slow shutter in obscure situations.

A self portrait in a bathroom mirror with a very slow shutter by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

I did not hone in on photographing ‘one’ thing as Romeo had asked me to do (Sorry, Romeo). But I discovered a more authentic voice and approach to my photography.

Chasing pigeons in a park by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

And while I was in Florence, I did reach out to Vogue IT and took a very long train trip to Milan.

Florence train station by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

When I took the trip to Milan to meet with Vogue IT for the first time, I was very anxious.

I thought that it was my shot. It would be a dream to work for Conde Nast.

I did meet with Vogue IT, and I did end up photographing for them. But after a while, you learn that work is work, and you are you.

What I learned from Glimpses

Women walking home in the sunset by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

I learned to photograph for myself and not photograph what I thought others wanted to see.

Photography also became more than my goal of creating Conde Nast publications. It became a voice and an outlet to discover who ‘I’ was.

I learned that photography is what you make it.

“Photography is a lie. by Romeo” captured by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

And I found myself more curious than ever to explore what everything looked like in photographs.

On when I published Glimpses as a book

My book “Glimpses” by Charlie Naebeck

I remember that I got my first teaching gig, living and working in NYC.

Several of my early students struggled to share their mistakes.

So I decided to re-visit my old student work.

I put this together as ten contact sheets for my final project in Romeo’s class. And then showed a gallery showing of the 126 prints at the University of Michigan when I returned.

I never thought it would turn into my first book in a million years, but life is full of surprises.

I self-published through Blurb and made hard copies available on Amazon and in person.

Over time, I sold out all the hard copies I kept in my studio.

And recently, as I mull over the idea of completing my sixth book, I am re-visiting the archives to see where I have come from. This always allows us to see where we are going.

I also decided that it was time to talk about the work more.

I have presented much of it in classes over the years, teaching for NYU, UM, Adorama, and others. But I never thought about sharing it in different formats.

So today, I took a leap into a new chapter and released this entire project as a download for the first time.

I remember that my friend Robert Frank also did this with his work at NYU. He released a newspaper of his prints and stories for $10.

So here is my hommage to my friend, my teachers, and I offer inspiration for the next generations of photographers.

If you wish to support and download “Glimpses,” it is available for USD $9.99.

Glimpses - by Charlie Naebeck

Thank you for reading!

And if you remember your student photography, I would love to see it or hear about it in the comments.

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, professional photographer, teacher, life coach, ex-pat, and digital nomad.
Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. Top photography writer on Medium. I also have written for The Phoblographer, Adorama, Dpture, and more.
I travel the world with my family and camera giving others the gift of photography. I also consult with businesses to help develop content creation strategies for business engagement.
I can help you:  
-Improve your photography and content creation skills remotely or in person
-Create better content for your blog, social media, or business
-Learn how to make passive income while you create what you love
-Develop an engagement strategy for your media
-Coach you on how to set up your goals for success
Contact me here to book a session.Download my digital classes and Ebooks here where I provide many valuable insights and tips. My students and clients find it helpful to keep my advice digital in their pockets.
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!
P.S. If you are interested in how I got to this point in my life, read my story here.

Visiting My Student Photography Portfolio After a Long Time; Glimpses was originally published in Photography101 on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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Take a Tour of Noumena with Me; How you Can Use it for Success https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/Take-a-Tour-of-Noumena-with-Me-How-you-Can-Use-it-for-Success Five great features that you can use as a freelancer, sole proprietor, or small business

Last week, I shared a piece about a great new site called Noumena.pro.

If you missed it, check it out here first.

If you have not heard of Noumena, it is a platform for small businesses and freelancers. You can network, find resources, and get financial help.

You can read their mission statement here.

My original piece was about the Noumena referral program. They are looking for new members for their site and offer an incentive of USD $30 per referral.

If someone invites you to Noumena, you get $30 for signing up, and your referrer also gets $30. It is a win-win!

I want to thank those that took the time to sign up. I look forward to networking with you all.

I also want to thank everyone that left comments, questions, and feedback last week. I appreciate you all.

I got many questions about what Noumena does, and many people are excited to try it out.

Some thought I was trying to scam (I assure you, I am not, and I vet every program I share).

Others used foul language, thinking that I wasted their day. I believe they did not read the article. And their Mothers should wash out their mouths with a bar of soap, but I digress.

Today, I will clear up some of the questions.

I will show you five ways that YOU can use Noumena for success for your small business or freelance gig.

1. Networking on Noumena

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One of the most powerful features of using Noumena is networking with people like you.

I find Noumena far superior to traditional social networks.

Traditional social networks waste valuable time with ‘other’ content.

Noumena is about business and different user projects. Unlike traditional social networks, all users are also vetted by the Noumena team.

You cannot pass go without them checking you out.

Since using Noumena, I have connected with countless other companies.

I was able to land three new contracts to share my skill set within the first week.

The benefit of networking on Noumena is that, unlike other socials, these users are here only for business.

They won’t waste time with jumping through hoops to find contact information.

2. The Noumena Community section

Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash

The second feature of the Noumena site that is very helpful is the Noumena community.

This is comparable to a news feed on traditional socials. But it is different in that it has introductions from members, offers assistance for your business, and you can earn Noums tokens here.

3. Noums tokens

Photo by Ferhat Deniz Fors on Unsplash

What on earth is a ‘Noums token,’ you ask?

It is a digital currency on the Noumena platform that you can earn and spend for other services.

You get tokens for signing up, completing your profile, offering advice, and more.

Getting a large amount of Noums tokens is well worth your time. You can get a large amount right away by completing your profile.

Once you have enough tokens, you don’t have to use the real currency for services that you need for your business.

4. Discover

Photo by Alessandro Erbetta on Unsplash

The discover section of the Noumena platform is a different way to find members with common interests.

When you reach the discover page, it will show you three sections:

  • New Noums for you: Other members with like-minded interests.
  • My Circle: This is explicit content and opportunities from those you follow.
  • Popular: As you might guess, these are viral posts by members on Noumena that are ranked by engagement.

The ‘new Noums for you’ section is helpful with what I do as a teacher and writer.

It allows me to find people that do similar things very quickly that I may be able to speak with about sharing services.

5. Money

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This is a section I got many questions about from my original piece.

People want to know how to make money.

You can create a Noumena wallet in this section of the Noumena site.

A Noumena wallet is for receiving or sending payments from other people on Noumena. It is where you will receive cashouts for referrals. And you can also find finance solutions here for your business.

Note: Noumena currently accepts payments in USD and pays to the United States only as they are in beta. If you sign up, make sure to have a US bank account. They currently support pay outs in US currency.

As a bonus tip, if you complete your capital quotient profile here, you get an extra 100 Noums tokens.

5. Noums

Photo by Aman Upadhyay on Unsplash

A Noum is a post.

You can create informational posts here about what your business does.

This includes sharing information about projects, social engagement, investment requests, a story, or special (I saw users announce milestones under special).

You can use Noums to drive engagement by sharing helpful pieces that encourage like-minded users to contact you.

I suggest posting here at least once weekly in your traditional social media outreach plans.

Is Noumena worth the time?

Photo by Andrew Neel on Unsplash

My honest answer: YES.

I have enjoyed my time in Noumena so far.

I would suggest this platform for small businesses, sole proprietors, and freelancers that want a more direct approach to doing business. This site has YOU in mind.

Large companies do the same thing as Noumena, but the difference is that Noumena is designed for those of you that get overlooked by larger platforms by harsh criteria.

And a helpful side effect of Noumena is finding better resources for your company. This in turn allows you to make more money.

Want to try it out?

It is free to join with a referral code.

For all sake of transparency, you get $30 for signing up, and I get $30 also. It is a win-win.

If you want to check it out, I included all the steps to sign up with my code in my previous article.

Thanks for taking the time to check out Noumena.

I look forward to networking with you so that we can all achieve success!

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, professional photographer, teacher, life coach, ex-pat, and digital nomad.
Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. Top photography writer on Medium. I also have written for The Phoblographer, Adorama, Dpture, and more.
I travel the world with my family and camera giving others the gift of photography. I also consult with businesses to help develop content creation strategies for business engagement.
I can help you:  
-Improve your photography and content creation skills remotely or in person
-Create better content for your blog, social media, or business
-Learn how to make passive income while you create what you love
-Develop an engagement strategy for your media
-Coach you on how to set up your goals for success
Contact me here to book a session.
Download my digital classes and Ebooks here where I provide many valuable insights and tips. My students and clients find it helpful to keep my advice digital in their pockets.
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!
P.S. If you are interested in how I got to this point in my life, read my story here.
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Celebrating the Day of Love and Friendship in Colombia; Valentine’s Day in September https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/Celebrating-the-Day-of-Love-and-Friendship-in-Colombia-Valentine-s-Day-in-September The second Valentine’s day that you did not know about
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In the United States, we celebrate Valentine’s day on February 14th.

Most of the world also celebrates the day of love similarly.

But Colombia is unique. If you are a fellow ex-pat or digital nomad visiting Colombia for the first time, you have never heard of this day.

It has two Valentine’s days!

How are there two Valentine’s days in Colombia?

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Colombia celebrated the typical Valentine’s day always until the 60s.

In the 60s, a group of merchants said that the year’s first quarter was bad to celebrate this holiday.

The argument was that taxes were higher for Colombians at this tie, which led to less spending.

Children were also affected. Parents could not afford to buy candies and cards to send with their offspring to school.

This led to the invention of a second Valentine’s day in Colombia titled ‘Día de Amor y Amistad.’ This allowed more Colombians the opportunity to celebrate.

With no other holidays in September, so it was decided the day would be on the second Sunday of September annually.

This year it falls on September 18th.

What to do on Colombian Valentine’s day?

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You guessed it!

Like Valentine’s Day in February, Colombians gift flowers and chocolates to their better halves.

The only difference in the September version of Valentine’s day is that it is also the day of friendship.

So if you are single, do not fret.

You can also give all of your friends flowers, candies, or gifts.

You will also see a LOT of businesses taking advantage of the day, just like Hallmark did in the United States.

Red and white balloons decorate most entrances to buildings, and you will see several promotions and sales now.

To celebrate Colombian Valentine’s day, here are five ideas that you can share with your Colombian partner if you are also an extranjero:

  1. Chocolates and roses are always welcome. This is a no-brainer. The same tradition applies in Colombia if you are familiar with the traditional Valentine’s day in February.
  2. Colombians have a lot of traditional dishes that always go over well. Fancy restaurants are less prevalent in Colombia, but cooking a delicious homemade meal is always much appreciated. If you don’t know how to cook, find a basic recipe on Google. If you want to surprise your Colombian, research local foods they like from their region online.
  3. Spending time with friends and family. Colombians do not go into debt much to this day. A bar of small chocolate or a card is nice, but spending time with family and friends goes much farther. Colombian culture is very family-oriented, and there is never such a thing as not appreciating family. Spend time with your friends also. After all, it is the day of love AND friendship.
  4. Have an adventure. My family here always enjoys having experiences. It could be as simple as a walk to a park or as extravagant as planning a great trip to an area you have never seen before.
  5. Take the day off. If you are like me, you are somewhat of a work-a-holic. But take the day off and give your partner your full attention. They deserve it! Resist the urge to check your phone or emails. And better yet, try my idea of Domingos here with your partner. It is a beautiful way to spend time together.

Conclusion

Photo by Igor Rodrigues on Unsplash

Would I suggest celebrating Colombian Valentine’s day as an ex-pat or foreigner?

YES.

It is a fun day for you to express your appreciation for your partner, family, or friends.

And it gives you the excuse to eat more chocolate.

Who does not love chocolate?

What do you do to celebrate Colombian Valentine’s day?

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, ex-pat, digital nomad, professional photographer, and teacher. Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. Top photography writer on Medium. 
I travel the world with my family and camera helping others to improve their photography and video content. 
I can help you: 
-Improve your photography and video skills remotely or in person
-Create better content
-Learn how to make passive income while you create what you love
-Create business engagement with better content and strategy
-Coach you how to plan for success
Contact me here to book a session.
Download my classes and Ebooks here where I provide many valuable insights and tips. 
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!

Celebrating the Day of Love and Friendship in Colombia; Valentine’s Day in September was originally published in What Is Love To You? on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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The Grave of my Best Friend One Year Later Happy https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/The-Grave-of-my-Best-Friend-One-Year-Later-Happy One year later

In the time I returned, you were the first to remember me.
You shared adventures that most did not know.
Through the good times and the shit.
You slept on my stomach in the summer breeze.
Always aware of everything.

Off to the woods we go, you saw everything.
From start to finish, all the projects.
The long trail we blazed.
You climbed high above me, and always kept me safe.
I asked you questions I thought you would never understand.
But you did.

And somehow it pulled us both through.
When we made the table out of trash, you gave your approval.
You guarded it like a treasure.
Nothing dare touch it at all.

And how we surveilled everything, you were always by my side.

Then one day you went for a run.
And God called you home.
I gave you rest here in our favorite spot that you like to roam.

And one year later.
I think you know.
Life has changed and I am good.
Continuing what we started.

And when the wind blows through the Andes.
I feel you looking down.
I think you would approve of what I do now.

God gave you a new home with family that passed.
And every day I miss you my friend, your memory will always last.

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a professional photographer and teacher. Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. Top photography writer on Medium. 
I can help you: 
-Improve your photography and video skills
-Create better content
-Learn how to make passive income
-Create business engagement with better content and strategy
-Coach you how to plan for success
Contact me here to book a coaching session or photography lesson.
Download my classes and Ebooks here where I provide many valuable insights and tips. 
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow here on Medium.Thank you!

The Grave of my Best Friend One Year Later Happy was originally published in Share a Picture on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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Tigo is the Arch Nemesis of Helpful Productivity in Colombia https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/Tigo-is-the-Arch-Nemesis-of-Helpful-Productivity-in-Colombia And that is putting it nicely…
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If you live in Colombia and need internet service as I do as a digital nomad, you have heard of Tigo.

Tigo is an internet and phone company with a vise grip on Colombia’s balls, just like Comcast in the United States.

I hate Tigo with my entire being, and more than I hate reggaeton.

Here is why.

The installation experience

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When I first signed up for service with Tigo, I needed fast internet for work.

Their customer service signed me up and scheduled an installation date.

Three technicians showed up to perform the installation many hours late.

I found this an odd experience as I have had many internet installations. It takes one person to install them.

How many Tigo employees it takes to install a light bulb?

After about an hour, they had me up and running.

They asked what password I would like for my router, which is typical for internet installation.

I asked them to set a generic password, which I would change later for security.

They lied to me and said I could never change the password on a router.

I begrudgingly gave them a password, knowing I could configure it later.

The installation experience was the first thing of many that left a sour taste in my mouth.

The experience of paying your bill…

Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash

I know that I am in Colombia and that I am not in the United States right now.

But holy shit.

Tigo’s service for its customers to pay their bills is one of the WORST that I have ever experienced.

Mind you; I have two Internets (one for work and one to help my family).

I went to pay for my internet for work, and it was like pulling teeth from a grizzly bear to get them to allow me to pay one.

My wife and I went through the grueling process of visiting their office, to which they had to print a bill manually every time.

And worse, to pay your bill by credit card instead of having to visit the office, you need to see a machine in the office.

You can also use the Tigo app, but don’t get me started on how glitchy people say it is. I never touched it.

Heaven forbid you are a few days behind when you visit the office machine.

Their ‘system’ is incapable of remembering bill numbers for customers after five days.

If you want to pay your bill at the machine, you MUST be there in that five-day window, or the machine will delete your bill.

The system is a massive pain in the ass because you must find paper money and re-visit the office if you miss the window.

Every interaction with them takes over two hours AT AN OFFICE

Photo by Siavash Ghanbari on Unsplash

Let’s repeat this; I am in Colombia. I am not in the United States.

I understand this.

Yet, most internet companies handle customer service OK.

Tigo does NOT.

They require you to visit an office to resolve any issues.

If you are someone who has a job, family, or other responsibilities, this eats your entire day up.

I have never been to a Tigo office where it takes less than two hours to speak with a person.

They have very long lines of frustrated customers.

It is a cold corporate-looking space that herds its customers like a cattle call.

And worse, they cannot separate a bill when you finally get to speak with someone.

They can also not give you your future payment amount because the ‘system’ does not tell them.

What company does not have automation to tell its customers how much they owe for future dates?

Seriously, Tigo. I might be better off with a stone tablet and carrier pigeons than wasting my time with your service.

Other internet providers in Colombia

Photo by Dave Weatherall on Unsplash

There are three primary internet service providers in Colombia.

They are Tigo, Claro, and Moviestar.

I have researched them all in hopes that I can tell Tigo a giant F-U and abandon ship.

Yet, as in the US, they all seem to have the same problem.

They want your money, yet their customer service sucks.

My family told me that Claro is even worse than Tigo.

I cannot fathom the thought.

For now, I have a fire in my stomach with strong hate for Tigo.

Yet, unfortunately, I need an internet service to work while my family and I are here in Colombia.

Entering a Tigo office triggers me.

I am not proud. One time it even pushed me over the edge to use all the Spanish curses that I know to express my dissatisfaction.

I don’t think there is an easy answer to finding an internet provider that cares about its customers.

Finding an ISP that puts the customer’s needs first would be excellent.

It would be nice to find a company that makes a customer’s life easier instead of more complicated.

Visits to the office waste the time of the customer and the time of the poor sales rep dealing with the customer.

The interaction happens while a greedy corporation laughs on the way to the bank.

Do you have a horror story with Tigo? Let me know in the comments.

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a professional photographer and teacher. Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. Top photography writer on Medium. 
I can help you: 
-Improve your photography and video skills
-Create better content
-Learn how to make passive income
-Create business engagement with better content and strategy
-Coach you how to plan for success
Contact me here to book a coaching session or photography lesson.
Download my classes and Ebooks here where I provide many valuable insights and tips. 
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow here on Medium.Thank you!
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I Love Photography; Should I Get a Degree to Learn? https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/I-Love-Photography-Should-I-Get-a-Degree-to-Learn School or no school?
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This is a common question that my photography students ask me.

Should I go to school and get a degree in photography?

I always answer a hard no, and here is why.

What does a photography degree get me?

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The honest answer is that a ‘photography degree’ is a $50,000 piece of paper.

Does it teach you photography? A little bit.

Does it teach you how to get a job? No.

Does it give you other opportunities in the future? Eh, maybe.

Many dream of becoming a ‘professional photographer’ because it is creative. And they feel good creating images.

Yet, a degree in photography is not needed to work as a professional photographer.

Some think that it makes them ‘special’ or that it makes them stand out from the competition.

The honest answer: NO ONE CARES.

So why do colleges offer photography degrees?

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The honest answer: Because they want MONEY.

Don’t get me wrong.

Going to college is a great experience.

You will learn a lot about how to think.

There are processes that I learned in art school while doing non-photography classes that are invaluable to my work today.

Yet, a college degree in photography does not get you a job.

And it does not make you a ‘professional photographer with a degree and a college portfolio.

MANY people want to be professional photographers and don’t have a degree.

And, no one needs a college degree to start a photography business.

You need a camera and people that want to pay you money.

So why should I go to college?

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I would suggest that if you want to go to college, get a degree with unlimited potential.

Get a degree that needs individuals straight out of school.

Get a degree that will give you and your future family stability.

This could be law, medicine, computers, or other demanding fields.

My point, get a degree that will have the potential for work at all times.

A photography degree does not get you a job.

A photography degree does not give you stability.

A photography degree puts you in debt as you try to learn how to make money off of it.

How you can learn photography while you get a degree that matters

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If you truly love photography and want to learn, great.

Make photographs because you love them.

Make photographs because your heart, gut, and soul scream.

Make photographs to remember.

But do not be disappointed if photography does not make you a lot of money or make you rich.

If you wish to learn photography while going to school for a degree that offers jobs as a backup plan, there are plenty of ways to study.

  1. Take photography classes at a community college. This allows you to learn photography without paying as much.
  2. Hire a private photography teacher. Look for experience and a teaching track record before you hire someone. As professionals, there are a lot of us that teach as well. For example, I taught at NYU and UM, as well as Adorama, Photo Manhattan, and others. This is an excellent track record to see from a private photography teacher.
  3. Read about photography. Buy or download books on photography and consume them when you have time.
  4. Watch videos. Videos can be an excellent resource for learning something specific. I would not suggest them, though, to someone that wants to learn photography. There are a lot of people that make short videos that teach you one trick. This is OK to learn tricks. But, make sure that you also know your camera and understand lighting. And if you are going into business, there is a different set of classes for you.
  5. Get out there and shoot! Sometimes the action of photography itself is the best teacher. I was very stubborn when I started and started this way. I wish that I had taken classes first. I would have saved a lot of time and a lot of mistakes.

Learn photography in these methods. It will save you a LOT of money versus a full-on college degree.

College degrees are great, but they do not teach you photography or how to go into business.

Other pieces of advice

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Here are five things I wish that I would have known before getting a college degree in photography:

  • I wish I had known that I would be in student loan debt for many years.
  • I wish I knew I could learn my camera easier by hiring a coach.
  • I wish that I had studied business more.
  • I wish that someone would have advised me about long-term life goals for stability.
  • I wish I had taken photography classes in the ways I mentioned.

As they say, hindsight is 20/20.

But I share this advice in hopes that you, as a photographer, can avoid some of the pitfalls I experienced.

And if you do wish to learn photography and need a coach, I am happy to set up a session with you.

I teach both on Zoom and in person.

Drop me an email, and I will help to get you where you want to be.

Happy shooting!

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a professional photographer and teacher. Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. Top photography writer on Medium. 
I can help you: 
-Improve your photography and video skills
-Create better content
-Learn how to make passive income
-Create business engagement with better content and strategy
-Coach you how to plan for success
Contact me here to book a coaching session or photography lesson.
Download my classes and Ebooks here where I provide many valuable insights and tips. 
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow here on Medium.Thank you!

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Introducing Jasper; the Amazing Copywriter of the Future https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/Introducing-Jasper-the-Amazing-Copywriter-of-the-Future How I made $208 in five minutes
Photo by Michael Dziedzic on Unsplash

If you are a writer like me, you love to write for yourself and make money doing it.

Yet, not all the world needs creative writing for business.

People need Copywriters to save them the headache of writing.

They need a way that will engage their audience and increase sales.

As a Copywriter, your job is to save a business time and drive sales.

But let’s face it, writing copy for business can be dry, dull, and grueling sometimes.

You stare at a windowless room and long for creative expression.

But you think how lucrative Copywriting is, and you trudge on.

Disclaimer: This article uses affiliate links. Your support helps me to continue to provide you with helpful tips. Thank you!

What if you could write copy in a fraction of the time and still get paid?

Photo by Alesia Kazantceva on Unsplash

Let’s be honest, who does not want more hours in their day to do things that they love?

I want more hours and would also like to spend more time with my family.

I am someone who has scoured the internet looking for life hacks and time savers for as long as I can remember.

I thought about hiring people on Fivver or Upwork to farm out Copywriting.

But no, that takes money out of my pocket.

I thought about ways that I could generate a magic list of ideas that save me time in Copywriting.

But I failed and only wasted more time.

My wife even said to me one day that she did not see me for an entire day because I had disappeared into the abyss of my office.

Let’s face it. I was the only one that could write copy for my clients.

Until I found Jasper.

Who is Jasper?

Meet Jasper. He came to visit me in Colombia to help with my Copywriting woes.

Jasper is the future.

Jasper is a professional Copywriter.

And the best part, Jasper writes impressive content in minutes.

Oh yeah, Jasper is a robot, also.

How Jasper saved me

Photo by Japheth Mast on Unsplash

When Jasper first visited me here in Colombia, I was hesitant about his sales pitch.

Being the skeptic that I am, I Googled and profiled Jasper.

What I found was amazing! He said he could write clean, professional content for me that would wow any audience.

Jasper is not only a professional Copywriter, but he saved many people lots of time.

This was one of the most significant pinch points for me — my time.

He offered me to write the first 10,000 words for free after I gave him a tour of the beach.

I took him up on his offer and gave him a grueling piece that I had to write about washing machines.

I thought to myself, if Jasper pulls this off, he is worth his weight in gold.

In less than five minutes, Jasper returned a whole-fledged professional piece with all the details I needed for my client.

He hit every touch point and feature needed to perfection.

I was impressed.

Why I think that Jasper is the future of Copy writing

Photo by Benjamin Davies on Unsplash

What Jasper did for me in less than five minutes would have taken me a day at least to research and develop.

Jasper created what I needed for my client; , he is a better Copywriter than I am.

He made very compelling content that excited my client about how it would make their money.

My client asked me to write five more very lucrative pieces for them.

I noticed that when I met with my client again that they said their conversion rate tripled from the last piece.

And the best part for me is that I saved a lot of time to spend with my family and made much more money as a writer.

Would you like to work with Jasper?

Jasper in Colombia

Jasper gave me the green light to share his services with my friends.

He loves to write and would also love to save you time.

He creates Copywriting, blog posts, website content, newsletters, and more.

Jasper has a monthly consultant rate at different price points:

Plans & Pricing - Jasper

If you are curious how he works his magic, check it out here:

10 Minute Demo Walkthrough - Jasper

Jasper has over 3000 five star review ratings from satisfied clients he has written for:

Jasper Is Rated 5/5 Stars By 3,000+ Reviews

And the best part is that Jasper saves YOU countless hours in your day.

You can quadruple your client base for a minimal fee for Jasper’s services.

I saw my time open up, allowing me to book four times the clients I had before taken on.

And in turn, this led to MORE MONEY for a writer for me.

Jasper gave me a gift to pass on to you. He said he would also write the first 10,000 words for FREE for you if you want to test him.

I would suggest taking him up on his offer.

As I sit here and write about Jasper, he is writing eight other pieces I need to get done and published for clients.

He works fast, and I am thankful to have found him.

Here is the link that Jasper gave me to give to you for your first 10,000 words free also:

Jasper - Try For Free

I hope that you find as much success with Jasper as I have.

With all the extra time I have now, I can finally take more time to see Colombia with my family.

Cheers to your success, and happy writing with Jasper!

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a professional photographer and teacher. Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. Top photography writer on Medium. 
I can help you: 
-Improve your photography and video skills
-Create better content
-Learn how to make passive income
-Create business engagement with better content and strategy
-Coach you how to plan for success
Contact me here to book a coaching session or photography lesson.
Download my classes and Ebooks here where I provide many valuable insights and tips. 
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow here on Medium.Thank you!
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(Charlie Naebeck) business-strategy make-money make-money-online money writer https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/Introducing-Jasper-the-Amazing-Copywriter-of-the-Future Thu, 15 Sep 2022 11:40:03 GMT
One Egg in the Carton https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/One-Egg-in-the-Carton A photographer begins the day
Starting the day — Copyright Charlie Naebeck All Rights Reserved.

I rolled out of bed at 6am.
The light hazily fluttered through the curtains.
Use the restroom — start the coffee.
Stomach growls like an angry beast.
What is there to eat?

There is one egg in the carton.
Forgetfulness to buy more.
I’ll scrawl a note on to the ripped paper on the refrigerator.
Buy more eggs.
Saturdays are great for buying food.
But what is there to eat right now?

The coffee is done.
I pour it into a large blue ceramic mug.
I take a sip.
It is hot and beckons my senses to come alive.
This does not satisfy my stomach.

I look at the one egg and it stares back at me.
Once it was going to be so much more than it is.
It was going to be a chicken.
But a farmer had a very different plan.
Robbed of its youth, it is here now.

I move a tall red pot from the cupboard to the sink.
I fill it with water to boil.
The rolling boil starts as I review emails to start the day.
The egg stares at me and prepares to enter the steamy bath.
It feels like a sauna — but a sauna for eggs?
I laugh to myself.

Fifteen minutes later I remember the egg.
Messages distract as I try to quickly reply to start the day.
I turn off the gas and carefully remove the water from the pot.
The egg stares at me.
It is hard boiled now.

I think to myself that I never make enough photos.
I keep a small camera in my jacket pocket so I am ready.
I retrieve the camera and make an image.
The egg smiles and telepathically says “I am your breakfast and your model”.
I laugh to myself again.
Life is too short not to have an imagination.

I thank God for another day on this earth.
I am thankful for the egg and coffee in my stomach.
Later I will try to stop work early to go to the store.
And perhaps another day an egg will save the day again.

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a professional photographer and teacher. Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. Top photography writer on Medium. 
I can help you: 
-Improve your photography and video skills
-Create better content
-Learn how to make passive income
-Create business engagement with better content and strategy
-Coach you how to plan for success
Contact me here to book a coaching session or photography lesson.
Download my classes and Ebooks here where I provide many valuable insights and tips. 
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow here on Medium.Thank you!

One Egg in the Carton was originally published in Share a Picture on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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Welcome to Share a Picture (Please Read This First) https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/Welcome-to-Share-a-Picture-Please-Read-This-First Welcome, submission guidelines, and the rules
A tree — Copyright Charlie Naebeck All Rights Reserved.

Hello everyone,

My name is Charlie Naebeck.

Thank you for dropping by the Share a Picture publication.

If you are here, I am assuming that you are interested in participating as a photographer and writer. Or perhaps you simply love to look at photography and read.

My goal of this publication is simple.
I would like to give photographers and writers a platform to share photos that you love and to write about those photos.

How to become a photographer/writer in this publication

Photo by Niels Kehl on Unsplash

If you wish to participate, please fill out your details here:

Once you submit your information, I will add you as a photographer/writer within 24–48 hours.

Other notes

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Please be aware that while we would love to invite ALL types of photography, there are certain things we do NOT allow.

Types of photography not allowed are:

  • No nudity
  • No graphic images
  • No political campaigns
  • No hate images
  • No racism
  • No violence
  • No spam
  • No images that YOU do not fully own.

We reserve the right to remove anyone that does not abide by these rules when submitting.

Please note that you will want to bookmark this post. The rules may change in the future at any time.

Also, please be kind to others. We wish to make photography and writing a great experience for others.

While we do encourage and support creativity, think about if you would share your submission with your Mother when you post.

Last but not least

Photo by Ray Hennessy on Unsplash

When submitting your piece, we prefer drafts. Published pieces are OK, but we can help you with editing mistakes if you send drafts.

Make sure to read and re-read everything.

Correct your sub-headers with the little T icon by highlighting the text and then selecting the T.

Correct your work for any spelling or grammatical errors. Places like Grammarly and Hemingway are a great start.

And once you polish everything up, hit the submit button.

We are photographers and writers also. We will review your submission generally within 48 hours maximum to give you a go or no.

Please allow a bit of extra time around holidays and weekends.

Thank you for dropping by, and we look forward to seeing all of your amazing photography, and to read your stories!

Charlie

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a professional photographer and teacher. Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. Top photography writer on Medium. 
I can help you: 
-Improve your photography and video skills
-Create better content
-Learn how to make passive income
-Create business engagement with better content and strategy
-Coach you how to plan for success
Contact me here to book a coaching session or photography lesson.
Download my classes and Ebooks here where I provide many valuable insights and tips. 
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow here on Medium.Thank you!

Welcome to Share a Picture (Please Read This First) was originally published in Share a Picture on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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(Charlie Naebeck) creative-writing photographer photography writer writing https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/Welcome-to-Share-a-Picture-Please-Read-This-First Wed, 14 Sep 2022 08:24:23 GMT
How to Be a Top Photography Writer on Medium https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/How-to-Be-a-Top-Photography-Writer-on-Medium Waking up to a surprise
Photo by Diego Lozano on Unsplash

Life speaks in riddles sometimes.

It can be confusing.

It can be abusive.

Or you can be losing.

But hard work and determination can give you pleasant surprises from what you do.

I woke up this morning like any other day.

I am a creature of habit, and I like to start the day by getting messages replied to first alongside a tall cup of coffee.

I opened my email and found this:

OK, I’m awake.

In less than one month, I am a top writer in the topic of photography.

Thank you

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

I would like to thank everyone who has been welcoming on my Medium photography journey.

GE McKerrihan, Charles G. Haacker, Rodrigo S-C, and Duvy McGirr were among the first to welcome me here. Thank you!

And a huge thank you to anyone who has read my work also. I appreciate everyone that drops by.

I never set out with a goal to be a top photography writer on Medium, but it is much appreciated.

How you can be a top photography writer too

Photo by Paul Skorupskas on Unsplash
  1. ABS = Always Be Shooting. You don’t have things to write about if you are not shooting. And if you are not shooting, your photography can suffer.
  2. Photograph and write about what you know. I love hearing unique stories and experiences from my students. Re-creating photos is a great way to learn techniques. But, it is not an authentic voice. So many people are trying to find their voice and copy others. Be yourself and take pictures of who and what you love.
  3. Photograph and write every day. If you set a discipline for yourself, you will up your game.
  4. Write based on your photographs. Sometimes one can inspire the other. I write based on how a picture makes me feel. Write and photograph your heart, and then edit both very well later.
  5. Put your best foot forward. Putting your best foot forward goes back to authenticity. Be honest, and share your triumphs AND mistakes. You will learn, and others will learn too. We’re all in this together.

What’s next

Photo by Olesya Grichina on Unsplash

Write and photograph more.

Share things that help others.

Make more friends through the gift of photography.

And to discover and learn new things every day.

When one thinks they know it all, life gives you surprises.

I don’t know it all and don’t have all the answers.

But what I do know is that my camera has given me opportunities that I never dreamed possible.

Thank you for being here.

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a professional photographer and teacher. Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. Top photography writer on Medium. 
I can help you: 
-Improve your photography and video skills
-Create better content
-Learn how to make passive income
-Create business engagement with better content and strategy
-Coach you how to plan for success
Contact me here to book a coaching session or photography lesson.
Download my classes and Ebooks here where I provide many valuable insights and tips. 
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow here on Medium.Thank you!

How to Be a Top Photography Writer on Medium was originally published in Photography101 on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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(Charlie Naebeck) medium-writers photographer photography thank-you top-writers https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/How-to-Be-a-Top-Photography-Writer-on-Medium Wed, 14 Sep 2022 07:15:04 GMT
The Mind of a Professional Photographer; Simplifying Content for Engagement https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/The-Mind-of-a-Professional-Photographer-Simplifying-Content-for-Engagement I dumb down for my audience and double my dollars”
Photo by Júnior Ferreira on Unsplash

Have you had a moment of clarity in your photography?

Jay Z sang about how he dumbed down for his audience to double his dollars. Then they all hollered.

And in 2022, we as a society have come to a point where we want a more dumbed-down photography experience.

On creating for money vs. creating for Self

Photo by Cristofer Maximilian on Unsplash

For many of us, photography is something we learn because we have someone in our lives who gave us the gift.

Often, a Grandparent, a Parent, or a teacher gets us started.

And we photograph because we love it.

We photograph because it is fun.

We create images because we want to remember them.

One day someone tells us we are great photographers. Or that we should come to shoot their wedding. Or, you should be a professional photographer.

The seed starts to grow.

Most of us start out working in photography for mere peanuts.

Someone offers one hundred dollars to photograph, wow!

You think no one has ever considered paying ME for my art?

Enter Weekend Warriors

Photo by Ystallonne Alves on Unsplash

The fuse becomes lit, and most start as what we call ‘weekend warriors’ in the industry.

A weekend warrior holds a full-time job in another non-creative field.

They often experience a soul-sucking corporate life.

They use creativity to balance the cold grey cubicle life with something that feeds the soul.

Weekend warriors often start by shooting for others on the weekends.

Their goal — is to pay for their camera gear.

And weekend warriors are often very hungry for new experiences in photography.

They have other jobs that pay the bills, so they accept the $50 and $100 gigs which allow them to buy new toys.

The weekend warrior becomes popular

Photo by Tijs van Leur on Unsplash

One thing leads to the next. The weekend warrior starts to get more gigs, and they panic.

They don’t understand anything about the business or technical abilities of the camera.

This is when a lot of photographers contact me.

I am your coach.

I am your biggest fan of success.

And I will be in your ear to give you all the tips to come off as a rock star for your client.

This leads to an influx of clients that contact the weekend warrior as content improves.

Good content is engagement.

The weekend warrior starts to learn serious creation. And we talk about different strategies for photography.

It is no longer the fact that their Grandma gave them a camera. It is a living and breathing entity that they want to be great at. And they want to make money.

The Transition from photographer to business owner

Photo by Jakob Owens on Unsplash

When you start photography, most people start because they love it.

They start because they enjoy making images.

It is not about making money.

Something else happens when you transition to being a photography business.

You can no longer create what you ‘like.’

You now have to create what others like.

As you read this, you might think you can photograph what you like to make money.

You are incorrect.

Finding a niche that sells

Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash

As a business owner, you are in business to give clients a superior product they like.

Let me repeat that. You give your clients a product that THEY like.

If you want to create photographs for yourself that you like, you do not want to be in business.

I will tell you a secret after 33 years of experience.

No one wants to pay you for your art. They pay you because you give them something that they want.

And to give them something they want, you have to find a niche of desired photography that is desired.

Find something others don’t like that is necessary and get good at it.

Everyone wants to photograph ‘models.’

Everyone wants to photograph ‘street photography’.

Everyone wants to photograph ‘portraits.’

Do you see where I am going here?

Don’t be ‘everyone.’

How you find your niche

Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

Here are five steps to find YOUR niche:

  1. Don’t copy others. Try as many styles of photography as you can to understand what YOU like and dislike.
  2. Photograph what you love. If there is something that you like photographing more than anything else, find a niche that will pay you. Someone may not want to pay you for a ‘portrait,’ but you find that you like making portraits of dogs with ice cream cones. Plenty of pet owners would love to see a dog with an ice cream cone. This is a particular niche, whereas ‘portrait’ is not specific enough.
  3. Believe in yourself. Many of my students that come to me for the first time lack the self-confidence to be different. I am your number one fan and coach. I will show you the steps to succeed because I have made the mistakes to learn. If you believe in yourself, others will too.
  4. Don’t be afraid to try different niches. As professional photographers, some of us wear many hats. Photograph the dogs with the ice cream cones one day, but then photograph your love of TVs in the desert. Photograph ALL your ideas. Find the people that like those ideas. And imagine the styles of dogs that you could photograph with ice cream. Or imagine all the different televisions you could photograph in a desert setting. Your niche is your niche. Get creative!
  5. Share your niche ideas with EVERYONE. When starting out, test your thoughts, and don’t specialize in anything specific. Try everything. Do that when you find something you like more than anything else. And share your work with EVERYONE.

A note about ‘content’ vs. ‘photography’

Photo by Malte Helmhold on Unsplash

Is photography ‘content’? Yes.

Is content ‘photography’? Yes.

Yet, understanding why you create will help you be a better creator.

For example, don’t mix your life photos with your business content.

Instead, keep personal photography and business photography separate.

And this is what I mean by dumbing down photography for dollars.

Your clients hire you to make photographs of their dogs with ice cream.

They do not care what you have for breakfast.

They do not care about your gym progress.

They do not care about your selfies in pretty spaces.

They care about their dog with an ice cream cone.

And my Dad always taught me one of my most valuable business lessons.

He or She who pays gets.

Treat your clients right, and you will be very successful.

Treat them wrong, and you will not.

Conclusion

Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash

As a professional photographer, there will be many times that you want to veer off of the beaten path.

Professionals are professionals to make money.

Put your ego aside, and run your business.

If you want to photograph for yourself, that is fine too when you have time.

Many of us are professionals that make photographs for ourselves also.

But, keep this separate from your professional life.

And K.I.S.S. (no, not the band).

Keep It Stupid Simple for your content.

And if you need help on what direction to go with your content or find your niche. I am happy to set up a session with you either on Zoom or in-person.

Cheers!

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I can help you: 
-Improve your photography and video skills
-Create better content
-Learn how to make passive income
-Create business engagement with better content and strategy
-Coach you how to plan for success
Contact me here to book a coaching session or photography lesson.
Download my classes and Ebooks here where I provide many valuable insights and tips. 
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow here on Medium.Thank you!

The Mind of a Professional Photographer; Simplifying Content for Engagement was originally published in Photography101 on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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(Charlie Naebeck) business-strategy digital-nomads make-money photography photography-business https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/The-Mind-of-a-Professional-Photographer-Simplifying-Content-for-Engagement Tue, 13 Sep 2022 22:31:11 GMT
How You can Make Passive Income on Noumena; I Made $300 in an Hour https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/How-You-can-Make-Passive-Income-on-Noumena-I-Made-300-in-an-Hour Let’s get started
Photo by Oyemike Princewill on Unsplash

A few weeks ago, I shared two articles

How You Can Easily Make $200 in 24 Hours

I Made $200 In 24 Hours Again; And Here Is Exactly How Easy It Is

These two posts have managed to pay my rent for one month so far and make me MORE than USD $200.

If you have not seen them yet, check them out first before I introduce a new way to make extra passive income today.

I also created a helpful Ebook on how to do this on my Gumroad for YOU for those articles.

Let’s make more money together!

Photo by Viacheslav Bublyk on Unsplash

Disclaimer: These are NOT get-rich-quick schemes. They are affiliate links.

You will not make money if you don’t work hard and follow the steps.
If you follow the steps and work hard, you will make money.
It is that simple.

Make sure to read to the end how I made the $300 in less than an hour.

Introducing Noumena

I will introduce a new way to make passive income for you today with a company called Noumena.

Noumena is a new company that helps small business owners and freelancers.

As always, I vet all the links and apps I share with you to try them before I share.

I do not believe in spamming people with things that do not work out of respect for you and your time.

How you make money with Noumena:

Step 1: Visit the Noumena sign up page.

You can do this from your computer, or they have a great app.

Step 2: Enter your email address to sign up.

Noumena will send you a code to your email to complete the registration.

Step 3: Enter the code that you were sent to sign up.

Step 4: Enter your details.

NOTE: It is very important to check the box titled ‘I have a referral code’ if you want an easy USD $30 for starters.

Enter my code 11904 here as the referral code for free money.

Step 5: Enter your freelancer details.

For this section, you can use your Medium page, or any other web url that you use to do business with.

Type a brief description of what you do and click next.

Step 6: Get approved by Noumena.

Step 7: Fill out your profile and create your wallet on Noumena so that you get paid!

Once you sign up for Noumena, you get $30 by using my affiliate code mentioned above. I also get $30 (Thank you!).

While you wait for Noumena to approve your status (less than 24 hours), fill out your profile.

This is an excellent networking opportunity with other freelancers and like-minded individuals.

Also, visit the ‘money’ section when you continue and create a wallet where you will be able to receive money.

Step 8: How you make the $300 and more

Like me, you are always looking for ways to make passive income.

If you visit the My Account section of Noumena, you will see a link that says, ‘Invite a friend, get rewards.

With this link, you will get your own referral code to share with YOUR friends. For every person you invite that signs aboard, you get $30, and they also get $30 for signing up.

It is that easy.

Share this link with anyone who is an entrepreneur or freelancer like you.

Bonus tips:

Photo by Ian Stauffer on Unsplash

If you want even more helpful tips on how to share your Noumena code with your friends, I wrote a guide here on Gumroad:

How You can Make Passive Income on Noumena-With Seven Bonus Tips to Share Your Code

It is $1 and includes seven bonus tips on how you can share your code if you are not sure where to start.

I shared my Noumena link with all my business contacts and received ten referrals within an hour.

If you do the math, that is USD $300 by telling your friends about something extraordinary that you use.

Photo by Ambreen Hasan on Unsplash

And while you are on Noumena, make sure to add friends like you would on any other social network.

In my first few days, I negotiated deals with companies to teach.

Networking leads to MORE MONEY!

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I can help you: 
-Improve your photography and video skills
-Create better content
-Learn how to make passive income
-Create business engagement with better content and strategy
-Coach you how to plan for success
Contact me here to book a coaching session or photography lesson.
Download my classes and Ebooks here where I provide many valuable insights and tips. 
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow here on Medium.Thank you!
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Observations From One Amazing Month On Medium https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/Observations-From-One-Amazing-Month-On-Medium How to go from zero to hero
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Under one month ago, I was sitting on my couch with my coffee looking at emails from my photography students.

It was 6 AM, and the coffee seemed to disappear into the abyss without touching my sleepless mind.

One of my students asked me to create a how-to guide for content creation with his photography. I am no stranger to creating helpful content for my students, so I obliged.

Creating the steps for making better photographs was easy. I started a quick How-To video and sent it off.

I also remembered that my friend Chris had invited me to guest write for The Phoblographer.

I thought, could I add writing to how I connect with my photo students and life coaching clients?

How I found Medium

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Years ago, someone told me that I had to write about what I knew if I wanted to establish myself with authority.

It was suggested to me that Medium was a great spot for professionals to write, so I signed up.

I have learned a LOT in just a month of writing on Medium. I am not new to writing, but adapting to the tools and layout has been a learning curve.

Slowly but surely, I got my sea legs to thank several other helpful writers that are kind enough to share advice.

Zero followers to 328 with over 14k views in less than a month

My stats as of 9/12 — by Charlie Naebeck

What did I do to achieve this?

I started writing my ass off!

There is no substitution for hard work.

If you want to succeed at anything in life, you have to work at it.

Writing is no different.

I wrote you a poem with my advice.

Your Writing Streak — by Charlie Naebeck

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Pick up your pen, and grab your paper.
Don’t hesitate, there is no time later.
Write down everything in your mind.
You never know what you will find.

Circle the words that stand out strong.
These are where the journey begins, and it won’t be long.
Until you start to riff off of one or two.
These are the things that writers do.

Start all ideas as drafts in the stable.
It does not matter if you write from your dining room table.
An outline or two never hurts.
It is a recipe to make your work.

Pick the idea that stands out strong.
Write write write to your favorite song.
Keep headphones on to draw your focus.
It is like magic; hocus pocus.

Edit, revise, re-write, polish.
Until you have something that you are proud of.
Once you think that it is done.
Enter the writers task of editing fun.

Use Grammarly or Hemingway.
They are both free and will save the day.
Correct all of your spelling and all of your errors.
Edit with a coffee from your terrace.

If you don’t have a terrace, your couch will do.
I’ve written from bed, that works too.
Once all of the edits are all done.
Copy and paste to Medium.

Make sure to use relevant tags.
These will draw eyes in the early days.
Find publications relevant.
This is time well worth spent.

Hit the publish button and there it goes.
Will anyone read it; no one knows.
Your first few articles will create the crickets.
But in due time they emerge from the thickets.

Wake up early, write while you are fresh.
This is when you write your best.
Write every day, and learn learn learn.
Soon your numbers kick in for your turn.

Don’t worry too much about the stats.
The most important is to hone your craft.
When you hit a viral piece.
It will be something to consider for your niche.

Make about five of these or so.
Write about things that you know.
If you don’t know, don’t bullshit.
People know if you are it.

Keep on writing because you love it so.
And one day before you know.
Your words will proceed you before you speak.
And this is the secret to your writing streak.

Happy writing!

P.S. Set a goal for your writing and stick to it!

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I can help you: 
-Improve your photography and video skills
-Create better content
-Set and achieve life goals
-Create business engagement with better content and strategy
-Coach you how to plan for success
Contact me here to book a coaching session or photography lesson.
Download my classes and Ebooks here where I provide many valuable insights and tips. 
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Thank you!

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I moved my blog to Medium https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/i-moved-my-blog-to-medium https://medium.com/@expatincolombia

Hello everyone,

I moved my blog to Medium.

It is a much better home to interact with you all on.

If you love photography, digital nomad, ex-pat, life advice, and seeing my photos, please give me a follow there.

I am @expatincolombia on Medium.

Thank you for all of your support, and see you on Medium!

Charlie

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