Earlier this year I bought myself a TomTom Multisport watch to help me gauge my training and I must admit that I am absolutely in love with it.
Not quite the usual opening line you’d expect to read on a photography blog I know but stick with me.
You see, since buying the watch in February this year there has pretty much been a software update each an every month. The TomTom forums are loaded with suggestions, feedback and comments from users who have found a glitch, identified an aspect which could be improved, or simply requested that a certain metric be included on the display.
The watch I wear today is more user-friendly and functional item than it was 8 months ago.
Technology evolves and through a feedback system (consumer feedback and product development) TomTom have helped the Multisport watch evolve and realise its full potential.
A mate of mine bought the latest version of the Tom Tom watch recently and I was pretty stoked to see that the hardware hadn’t changed a bit apart from the interchangeable watch strap (which fits with the older model as well – sweet!).
What am I getting at here?
Your camera is the hardware and you, the photographer, are the software.
In order to grow and reach your full photographic potential you need to “update” your software and re-evaluate your position from time to time. Just as the software updates released by TomTom addressed weaknesses and glitches on the watch, you as a photographer should also be evaluating what your strengths and weaknesses are and looking for ways in which you can dial up your weaknesses, improving your photography as a whole. Whilst having the latest hardware is great, sometimes a simple software update can be far more effective.
There are quite a few parallels to be drawn between the growth of a photographer and software updates but for fear of being branded a techno geek I will steer clear of diving any deeper into this.
The point here is that every now and then you need to sit back and take stock of where you are as a photographer in relation to the goals that you have set yourself.
Identify your weaknesses or potential aspects of your photography which you could improve on.
Use the feedback from your peers in a constructive manner to mould yourself.
Break down barriers that you may have to specific styles or techniques which may in fact hold the key to you finding that creative freedom needed to finally define “your style”.
Don’t be afraid to fail.
Try something new, if it doesn’t work out, take the positive, leave the negative and move forward.
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