A little while back, I spend some time looking at some of my very first wildlife images I took while guiding at Shindzela Tented Camp and I decided to write a blog called, “Love Your Work”. If you have not seen it yet go and check it out because it is so important for you to love the images you create in order it improve your photography.
At the time I took these images I loved them!
Take a look and I will mention what I now see is wrong with them.
I’m sure you will agree that all of them have a bit of an exposure (some more that others), white balance and colour issue.
But to be specific, if you look at the first three images again you will see that all my subjects are smack bang in the middle, which for some strange reason, is something all “beginner” photographers do. Probably because they are not too sure on how their focus modes work and how to change/move their focal points.
As a result of this composition will almost always be off. Take a look at the lion, elephant and hippo images again; there is no negative space for them to move or look into which really affects the look of the image.
Getting to the last image of the kudu, the worst of the lot because not only is the composition, exposure, white balance and and and all a bit out, but IT IS NOT EVEN IN FOCUS!!! The tree in front of it is.
Looking back at these images make me laugh and therefore make me happy.
The reason for this is because it shows me how far I ; as a photographer, have come and makes me think of what I can still achieve into the future.
In the “Love Your Work” blog I did touch on, keeping at it and not to give up, and the reason for this blog is not only to touch on that point.
I really want you to take that to heart and push yourself, believe in yourself and trust yourself when it comes to your photography.
Sit yourself down and pick a goal, a goal you truly want to achieve and take a clear-eyed look at your weaknesses. This is not so you’ll feel less confident, but so you can determine exactly what you need to work on. Then get to work and practice!
Keep celebrating your small successes and also keep analyzing your weaknesses.
Just KEEP GOING!
As you gain skill, you’ll also gain a feeling of genuine confidence, one that can never be taken away because you’ve earned it.
Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what? Get started now! With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident, and more and more successful.
Trust me it is worth it!
Failure has to be an option in the art and in the exploration. It’s a leap of faith. No important endeavor that required innovation was done without risk. You have to be willing to take those risks.
Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think!
Until next time;
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