Photo Copyright Scott Bourne 1995 – All Rights Reserved Well do you? I believe that very few people actually want to be a great photographer. I should rephrase. I believe that very few people are willing to do the work to become a great photographer. Furthermore, I believe that few people have enough self-esteem to […]

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What do the really great photographers have in common? I mean specifically. It’s more than “They take great pictures.” Why? What? How? What makes them great? I’ve analyzed this for most of the last two decades. I still don’t have the complete picture – pun intended, but I’m getting closer. Here’s what I think makes […]

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I was working with one of my long-time students yesterday. He is becoming a great photographer. He’s only been at it about four years, but he’s getting there.

He was reminding me that what he liked about my work, was that he could still see the fire in my eyes. He noticed that as I approach my fourth decade as a photographer, I still have the passion for it.

It got me thinking about how somebody becomes a great photographer. While I am sure there are plenty of other factors, I think the primary forces behind greatness in photography, or any pursuit for that matter are patience, perseverance and passion.

Let’s break these down and talk about what they really mean. Patience is the habit of being patient.
1: bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint
2: manifesting forbearance under provocation or strain
3: not hasty or impetuous
4: steadfast despite opposition, difficulty, or adversity

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