On Becoming a Great Photographer
Becoming a great photographer requires a lot of time, effort, and dedication. Here are some things you may need to give up to achieve your goals:
- Free time: Photography requires practice, and that means dedicating a significant amount of time to honing your craft. You may need to give up some of your free time to attend workshops, shoot photos, and edit your work. When I first started out, I gave 90% of my time to photography. This wasn’t about passion. This was about wanting to know all that needed to be known about photography to get good at it. I spent my free time thinking about photography; concepts, shooting, editing and watching videos on YouTube just so I could become great at what I did.
- Other hobbies: To become a great photographer, you may need to give up other hobbies and activities that compete for your time. Photography is a demanding craft that requires focus and dedication. You may need to sacrifice a few hobbies in the interim to give focus on your newly found interest. I don’t have to tell you this, but here you go, what you focus on, you magnify.
- Comfort zone: To improve your photography skills, you need to push yourself out of your comfort zone. This may mean taking risks, trying new things, and experimenting with different techniques.
- Fear of failure: Fear of failure can hold you back from taking risks and trying new things. As a photographer, you need to be willing to take chances and learn from your mistakes. You never fail. You only learn from what did not work out. Keep the faith. It’s all going to work out in the end.
- Ego: Being a great photographer requires humility and a willingness to learn from others. You need to be open to feedback and willing to accept that you don’t know everything.
- Perfectionism: While it’s important to strive for excellence, perfectionism can be paralyzing. Don’t let your quest for perfection prevent you from taking action and creating great work.
- Distractions: In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to get distracted by social media, emails, and other notifications. To be a great photographer, you need to be able to focus on your craft and eliminate distractions that prevent you from achieving your goals.
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