Small Successes

Photography can be very frustrating. Anyone that has been bitten by the photography bug will tell you, it can be down right discouraging. I know, I have been frustrated by trying something new in photography more times than I care to admit. It used to bug me more than it does now, why I’m not sure, maybe it has something to do with getting older or (please don’t tell me) I’m finally growing up. Maybe I have just become confident that I will eventually figure it out or I can find the answer somewhere on the font of all knowledge, the interwebs. I am fairly confident there is a 12 year old somewhere in the world with a YouTube channel that has the answer I’m looking for. Anyway, frustration happens and it will continue to happen because the easy stuff is a piece of cake and the stuff that we really need or want is much harder to get. The trick is to not get frustrated enough to give up.

Look for the small successes. They happen more often than you think. When they happen take a moment to congratulate yourself. Remember that first picture that came out exactly as you wanted it to? Remember the first time that you knew exactly which blending mode to use in Photoshop to get the effect you wanted without trying two or three others first? Theses are small successes that we all should celebrate. One of the hardest things for me to wrap my head around was the relationship between f-stops and aperture. Why is it that when the f-numbers get bigger there is less light coming through the lens? I didn’t find the answer to that question until I had been shooting for 25+ years. I just forgot about the why and just accepted it as the way it is but I still wanted the answer. When I finally stumbled upon the answer, explained in a way that made sense to me, I had a minor freak fit. The answer was so easy, yet took so long to get, I felt a bit silly.

Small successes in photography can happen every day. Getting out with your camera even for a short time with your busy schedule can be a small success. Gaining the confidence that you have set up the camera so it can do it’s job while you are doing your’s, is another. Don’t let frustration spoil the fun of getting out with your camera and having a good time. Practice is always a good thing and leads to many small successes. The more you practice, the more small success will come your way and the better you will become as a photographer.

Get out there, have fun and celebrate the small successes!

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