Warning - tongue in cheek - rant coming your way - but not THAT tongue in cheek. I don't know if it's just that I'm getting old, but it sure seems like there are a bunch of whiners out there lately. Here are five things that I constantly hear from photographers that drive me crazy. 1. My new camera is broken. It back focuses. No it most likely doesn't - YOU back focused. 99% of all cameras are better than 100% of all photographers. Don't blame the camera. Learn how to focus. (For those of you who are about to e-mail me swearing on your … [Read more...] about 5 Things That Photographers Gripe About That Drive Me Crazy
I've been doing a great deal of self-reflection lately. I've tried to analyze every aspect of my photography. While gear, technique and craft are all things I'm trying to improve, I also realize that my attitude is important. Here are some steps I am taking to improve my attitude. a. I am trying not to let my opinion of my circumstances guide my actions. If it's raining outside, I can either decide the weather is crap or I can decide the weather offers great storm cloud photography options. b. I am trying to look at my past mistakes to see … [Read more...] about Does Your Attitude Impact Your Photography?
This post starts out with a story about the Kentucky Derby. Please be patient and I promise you'll see how it's relevant to photography. This year, the Kentucky Derby winner was "Mine That Bird." The horse was a 50-1 long shot. Nobody gave him a chance. Nobody but jockey Calvin Borel. Borel decided to the best job he could with the horse he had to ride. He didn't make excuses. He didn't give up. He didn't decide that his situation was impossible. He just won. In a post-Derby interview I heard the jockey Borel say something that hit me like a … [Read more...] about Taking the Best Photograph you Possibly Can