It’s time for me to play the part of Tony Robbins. It’s motivational speaker time here at Photofocus. Sometimes, we all need a pep talk. Here’s one from me to you. Hoping that SOMEONE out there reading this today needs to hear this and can benefit.
When I talk about what’s lacking in your photos, I bet many of you will start finding ways to talk about gear. That’s easy. Everyone wants more gear – new gear – better gear – etc. But really, when it comes right down to it, what’s missing is often deeper than just a new lens or a new camera.
Is it heart? Do you need more education? How about devotion or direction? For many it’s lack of time to practice. Is it inspiration or patience? Do you need better subjects? Are you bored? Do you face physical challenges?
Whatever it is you’re missing, the mere act of thinking about it, paying attention to it and trying to do SOMETHING about it will, nine times out of 10, help you get down the road faster. Don’t run from it. Embrace it. Face it. Change it.
Once you know what you are missing, set a new course. Do goal setting exercises. (You can find help with those on Google.) Ask your friends and family to help. Seek out mentors who can give you advice in the area where you’re weakest. Do research. Read books. Take concrete steps toward doing that one thing (or things) better. This is harder than just buying a new lens. It won’t feel as satisfying in the short term. But it will be more satisfying in the long term.
Seriously – pay attention to this. Be honest with yourself. What are you missing? Go find it and fix it. Stop making excuses. Go out and make a great picture.