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To Become a Better Photographer, Learn from Your Failures
Posted By David Saxe On October 27, 2010 @ 9:19 am In Art of Photography | 11 Comments
We all have good days and bad days in our photography — successes and failures.
By failures, I don’t mean commercial failures. In fact, when I was shooting a lot of assignment photography, I never lost a client because I delivered photos I didn’t like. Typically, what I thought was crap, the client loved.
We are often harder on ourselves than others are. Sometimes, we need to give ourselves a break. But we should also use our dissatisfaction as motivation to get better.
A Day at the Beach
A couple of weeks ago, I was in Hampton Beach, N.H., shooting one of my favorite subjects — beaches.
When I got back home and downloaded my images, I was disappointed. After looking through all of the photos, I found very little that interested me. There were plenty of scenic images, but nothing that stood out.
I confess that this is not the first time I have come up short. In fact, it’s happened enough that I’ve developed my own little system for dealing with it.
My Four-Part System
Here it is, in four parts:
Kenji Miyazawa said, “We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.” In the same way, we must embrace our failures and learn from them.
Photo © David Saxe
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