The other day, Don & I were discussing the difference between success and “not quite
We both agreed that Time was a big factor in a person’s development. It takes Time.
Learning some techniques may shorten that process, but it takes time. Do this, not that works; but, the fine points – understand and internalizing – is a process.
That is the hard part, because hard stuff takes “getting out of bed when it feels very warm & comfortable to just stay in.” One has to be committed.
I was never a serious amateur photographer – but had a camera in the Navy to take casual pictures. At that time there was no goal or something inside that pushed me. When I decided to change career paths to photography, I had a goal, a purpose. I got up in the morning. I still get up in the morning. “Warm” is no longer a part of my mind set. There is something way beyond that. I can’t often verbalize it; but, it moves me.
We’re not talking about the “fear” motivation – like I better get that task done or I’ll get fired. We’re talking about that thing that is so strong a desire that we just do it and like it. It’s a great place to be. I wish everyone to get to that place in life.
But that leads to the discussion about success. If one has that something inside, there will be success! The only difference is TIME. Outside of that, the tools are available. Cameras, Lenses, accessories, tripods, computer programs. There are also many techniques, formulas and ways to make the tools work.
Some of those tools can help one produce very good images and for that — we welcome the technology. Those are called images that we TAKE. You’re there – so you just stick your camera out there and release the shutter.
Then there are those situations that one seeks out. Knowing that a certain event might
happen and being there, selecting the right lens, and using the right technique to capture something special – something that communicates the moment. Those images are ones we MAKE – the “holistic approach to photography.”
This discussion with Don came up because so much time is spent on teaching programs, and only a small percentage of photographers seem to rise to the top – like cream.
It is all worth the discussion, and it boils down to one conclusion.
•Learning a craft begins with gathering information – the intellectual process.
•Then we use it.
•Finally it must become part of us – internalized.
•Then with practice, our hand/eye/heart eventually takes over and we move into the “zone of photography.”