Practice Makes Perfect

As I was listening to a podcast yesterday in the car, as we were traveling to Texas, I found my head bobbing often in agreement with the men speaking.

The podcast is called "The Depth of Field" and is put together by Matt Brandon, a travel photographer based in Malaysia. This particular day, he was interviewing Damien Lovegrove, a contemporary photographer who has shot weddings, portraits, commercial and so forth. This man is constantly trying something new! You might not know either men (I didn't know about Lovegrove at all), but I've followed Matt Brandon pretty much since the inception of my love for photography.

Anyways, in this podcast, they talked about a multitude of things which were all interesting, but I really loved what they said about gear. Let's face it. In any field you're in, it's always fun to have the latest and greatest equipment! For photographers, that's camera bodies, lenses, strobes, soft boxes, gadgets, and so forth. We can get so gear crazy and think that these items will make us better--which they might--however, I'd venture to say (like Lovegrove and Brandon) that gear can only take you so far. It's all about you getting out and taking photos. Practice is key!

Have you ever heard about the 10,000 hour rule? In a nutshell, the idea is that whatever you want to be a master at, you have to spend about 10,000 practicing that skill in order to get to the level you want. 10,000 hours! That's a lot! Most of us want that quick and easy fix that makes us an expert in a day, but that's not going to happen folks! It takes practice, practice and more practice! 

Canon 5D Mark II, 50mm f/1.4  |  f/3.5, 1/100 sec, ISO-800  | Portland, Oregon

Canon 5D Mark II, 50mm f/1.4  |  f/3.5, 1/100 sec, ISO-800  | Portland, Oregon

Every chance I get, I take photos. I take my camera with me everywhere. Why? It's for practicing. I don't always use it, and yes, it is heavy to lug around. However, when that opportunity comes up, I am ready for it. Just like the photo above, it might not be the best photo I've ever taken, but it is as a result of just getting out my camera and shooting. 

I doubt that I've met the 10,000 hours in the skill of photography, but it's something I'm working towards. What about you? Are you willing to put in the time needed to achieve your goal in your field? It's definitely something to think about.

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I look forward to hearing your thoughts about this topic!