How many times have you heard the words; “practice make perfect” in tour life?
Many many many times I’d say. There is only one problem with that quote.
Practice does not make perfect;
Only perfect practice makes perfect!
This is a tough one but the first step to take is to practice the right way and to do your homework. Not only on the gear you are shooting with and how to use it correctly but also the subjects you are going to photograph.
Studying your subjects is a VITAL part. Reason being is if you heading to a bird sanctuary for example, there are many different bird species. These species will all have different behaviors, flight patterns and flight speeds.
So knowing all of this before you get there to photograph will be one less thing to worry about and will increase your chance of capturing a good image.
I still to this day, spend good time photographing birds at Marievale Bird Santuary which is a five minute drive from my house. I often tell my guests, may it be on a safari, a digital photography course or via messages/mail, the best way to learn how to change settings or focal points and and and quickly is by photographing birds.
Even if these are images you will never use or keep it is a great alternative to find a bird sanctuary nearby your home so that you can practice on birds and learn how to get to the right settings quickly. Reason being is that the day you book your safari, and you out in the field you are very comfortable with changing your settings and tracking your subject through your view finder. I’d rather mess up images at the bird sanctuary than images in Kenya or in Svalbard. Agree?
These sanctuaries provide us with great bird life and great photographic opportunities! From birds sitting still, stretching their wings, flapping water off their wings, hunting or feeding and also a good chance to practice your sunset shots at the end of the day.
Have a look what Marievale produced for me throughout the years.
So yes these places provide for some great photography! Your job is just to do some homework and then get out there and practice.
My advice to an aspiring photographer would be to never stop learning or working for what you want. Nothing comes easy, ever, if you want something, you have to work for it. By working for it I mean work on your craft, learn from people who have something to teach. It’s just like anything else, perfect practice makes perfect.
Until next time.