You’ve heard the old saying: “Practice makes perfect.” I actually disagree. Perfect practice makes perfect. But practicing the wrong things over and over merely instills bad habits.
There’s a more accurate saying. You always perform at the level you practice. The new Army Field Manual says it like this: “Train As You Fight – Fight As You Train.”
When you get your camera out of the bag, consider it more than just shooting. Think of this as practice – or training. Get yourself ready to work like your shoot counts. Don’t second guess yourself. Train hard and learn how to use your camera, your compositional skills, your personality and any other skills you need to effectively tell a story with your camera.
Take your time spent shooting as seriously as soldiers take theirs.