We all do it. We focus on what we’re good at and kind of ignore the stuff we’re bad at.
There is most definitely a time and place to double down on our strengths and ignore our weaknesses but if you do this with your photography you’re gonna leave a lot of great images on the table. You’re not going to grow as a photographer and down the line you’re going to stagnate and possibly even get bored.
This morning, on my Instagram story, I shared some thoughts on how the smallest weakness can you hold you back in fitness and exercise. The example I used was that more often than not your hands, not the large muscles groups like your latissimus dorsi or rhomboid that hold you back from getting better at doing pull ups. You start, your hands start hurting a bit and then you stop before getting any real benefits from the exercise. A small issue compromising the bigger picture.
The same thing happens in wildlife photography and I see lot of people not fulfilling their potential because of a small something. That something could be the understanding of exposure compensation, depth of field or even the various functions on your camera and if you don’t eventually pay attention to that something you’re never going to be a better photographer.
Your compositional skills might be amazing but if you don’t understand how exposure works you’re going to get stuck.
You might have the most incredible understanding and execution of depth of field but if you are not 100% confident in your post processing skills you’re going to create images that ‘could have been better’.
Yes, focusing on a photographic weakness is not always fun and can be quite a daunting thought but if you want to become a better photographer and create better images it’s something you just have to do.
To me there is nothing better than helping someone on safari tackle one of these weaknesses head on and to see how the proverbial lightbulb suddenly lights up. The thing that excites me about this is not the moment that lightbulb lights up but the photographic potential that has been unlocked.
The best thing you could do – and I urge each and every one of you to do this – is to be honest with yourself and figure out what your something is. What is the one small thing that is holding you back and that you feel photographically uncomfortable having to do when you are in the field. Focus on that. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did!
The information you need is out there. Blogs, videos, podcasts – all you have to do is to make a commitment to your craft and take the time to fix that something small. To become a better photographer.
Good luck and, as always, let me know if you have ay questions I can assist with.
Oh, I was going to look for some or other motivational quote to end off with but instead, here is an image of a Spirit Bear in the Great Bear Rainforest.
Until next time,
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