I've got some more advice for you that doesn't have anything to do with f-stops or apertures. I'm not weighing in on DSLRs vs mirrorless or Canon vs Nikon. Today we are ignoring all the typical photography topics yet sharing some timeless advice.
Here are three decision points that all photographers face. If we can choose right at each intersection, I think we can improve our work considerably.
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Take the shot - three stories
- What if we never come back? My Dad must know all too well of my inclination to put things off, but he wasn't having it when I suggested we come back for the shot.
- The shot will never be the same again. I was reminded of this advice while watching a video lesson by Jay Maisel. Jay was adamant about this.
- Here's your ethical dilemma. My old Army editor, Zeke, had clear guidance on this one.
Don't take the shot - Jay Maisel's rules
In the KelbyOne training, A Day with Jay Maisel, Jay shares three situations where you don't take the shot. These are three gems. Don't take the shot if...
- It doesn't excite you.
- You've seen it before.
- It ain't fun.
This reminds me of episode 087, The So what factor that helps you create amazing photos.
- It doesn't mean you don't take bad shots.
- It doesn't mean you don't push yourself to try outside your comfort zone.
- It just means you focus your photography on the subjects and genres that make you happy.
Today - Darren's advice
You probably know Darren Rowse or at least know of him. He founded Digital Photography School, probably the biggest photography blog on the planet. Darren recently shared some advice on his other podcast, ProBlogger. I think it still applies to us photographers.
if you dream of creating something significant (with your photography). The key is to do something today, the key is to start today if you haven’t started. The key is to get over the fact that you’re not the first and to start creating something that matters today. The key is to get the ideas that swim around in your mind out of your mind and to take some action on them, today. The key is to start developing your voice and putting your ideas out there today. The key is to start building your network and an audience, today.
The key is to start developing skills that you need for this, today. The key is to move past your fear of not being good enough or not having the skills and to take you first small steps today. The key is to do something today. - Darren Rowse