Tip #21: Don't Try to Do It All

October 09, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Nature happens every minute of every day in every place around us. We would go insane trying to capture all of it all the time. Plus chasing everything all the time would never leave you time to edit, research, or read this blog!

So narrow down your focus to a few subjects you enjoy most, and then keep narrowing it down. For example, narrow down your subject to wildlife photography. But there are animals everywhere so if your schedule is already full narrow down your subject further to backyard birds or small mammals, such as squirrels. This gives you the opportunity to find your subject, master their behavior, and narrow down further to capture those unique photos. As you continue to narrow you will find that you don't want the squirrel-sitting-on a-fence photo any longer - you already have a dozen great shots of that - but you might want the squirrel hanging upside down on a feeder, sitting on a pile of colorful fall leaves, or running in the snow.

Going through this process might take time as you learn what you enjoy most and are best at seeing. This process will probably change over the years as you go from one subject to another or one interest to another. Avoid being a Jack of all trades, a master of none. Strive instead for being a master of your subject.


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