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Photography Q&A: Real Questions. Real Answers. by Zack Arias

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Talk to strangers, kids!

Q: I WATCHED THE DIGITALREV EPISODE OF THE PRO PHOTOGRAPHER/CHEAP CAMERA CHALLENGE THAT YOU WERE FEATURED IN. MY QUESTION IS, HOW DID YOU GET SO GOOD AT TALKING TO STRANGERS EVEN WHEN YOU DON’T SPEAK THE SAME LANGUAGE? IS IT A PERSONALITY TRAIT OR DID YOU DEVELOP IT FROM SHOOTING A LOT?

A: I used to be really shy. I’d open up only when I really got to know someone. When I first got into photography, the camera became this magic box that I could hide behind, but I was still shy and had a hard time talking to strangers. If I was taking photos then it was the camera that brought me to that place. Not me. Myself—Zack—I was too insecure to open doors to places.

Then it came time to market myself as a photographer and I couldn’t ...

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