I saw this on Instagram a few days ago.
As a wildlife photographer, whether you like it or not, what you do is create art which means that this simple little diagram can serve as a great reminder to just keep going!
During the last few months I have spent a lot of time in the field with photographers wanting to improve their art and this little diagram pretty much sums up one of the things I emphasised to at least two of the people…
I’m not talking rattle-off-100-frames-of-a-sleeping-lion more because that is just silly.
What I was referring to with ‘shoot more’ is that you should keep working a scene or subject.
You should look for different ways to tell you story.
Use different settings, different lenses, different angles, a different mindset.
I continue to be amazed at the amount of wildlife photographers who get to a sighting, shoot a few frames and then seem to just stop even as the scene keeps changing.
Why does this happen? Why do we sometimes stop shooting?
Is it because we think have the hero shots in the bag? That if you keep shooting the images won’t be good enough?
If you ever get to that point keep the little diagram in mind and make more art or, in our language – shoot more!
Do not worry about the results.
Don’t worry about what people are going to think.
Don’t worry. Period.
Every time you try something new, when you shoot more, you will grow a little more as a photographer.
So say it with me… Shoot more!
Until next time!
Gerry van der Walt
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