In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the Kodak Brownie and Instamatic cameras were introduced to the world. There was a HUGE uptick in interest in photography, but eventually the novelty wore off and seeing that the photos were – for the most part – mediocre, the cameras wound up in the junk drawer never to be seen again!
Fortunately, there were a few adventuresome, artistic types that studied various photo techniques and artistic concepts and managed to keep the art alive.
Today, we are facing the same sort of photographic revolution with the advent of digital photography. Now that we no longer have to pay the exorbitant fees associated with getting our film developed and our negatives printed, we can take 1000’s of photos and then work hundreds of hours in Photoshop to make one or two of them “acceptable”.
Sooner or later though, we are going to get tired of all the effort involved in getting our meager results and out bright shiny digital cameras are going to end up in the junk drawer – just like their predecessors did.
So what can we do to keep our photo passions alive?
Like any other field, the better we are at something, the more we like it. So, to keep enthused about photography is easy, just start a process of constantly learning (and experimenting with) new concepts and techniques. You will be considered the leading master in your area a lot faster than you think!
If your photography – and your passion for it is to flourish, you will need three things:
- You obviously have that – at least right now – or you wouldn’t be reading this article. Do whatever it takes to keep fueling your passion and never let it wane.
- To master photography takes time – just like anything else worth doing. You will NOT be successful right away. Count on the fact that you will have tons of failures. Just consider each one a learning experience and keep investing your time until you have it mastered. Fortunately, it doesn’t take long.
- While there are some lucky geniuses born who can pick up their first camera and start whipping out masterpieces right and left, for most of us it doesn’t work that way. Invest the time and passion to keep working at your craft and you will soon have people looking at your photos and saying they wish they had your “natural abilities.
When you are studying photo concepts, keep in mind that – even with digital sensors – very little has changed. A digital sensor is nothing more than a replacement for a piece of film – it’s a storage medium. Nothing more nothing less. The techniques needed to get great photos are still the same. So, pick up your camera – and a book – and starting with page one, learn all the techniques! It’s a lot of fun!
To learn more about a great online class, check out – Photography Master Class
For a bit of fun check out – Trick Photography
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