A good way to stay inspired in your photography — realize that your first million photos will probably be your worst.
10,000 photos on film = 1 Million on digital
I think it was Henri Cartier-Bresson who once said,
Your first 10,000 are your worst.
In today’s digital world
Your first million photos are your worst.
Don’t put so much pressure on yourself
I like this idea, because it puts less pressure on us.
It gives us the self compassion to make bad photos. It encourages us to experiment, have fun, and not take ourselves too seriously.
And just consider, if you took a million photos, aren’t you bound to get at least 10 photos you really like?
Just seek to make one good photo a month
To be honest, even if I make one photo a month I like, I’m very happy. 12 good photos a year? That’s fantastic.
And then I just aim to make 1 GREAT photo a year.
Consider, assuming a small exhibition is 5-6 pictures. You can make a solid exhibition in just half a year. Or for a website portfolio (10-12 images), it will only take you a year.
JUST SHOOT IT.
When you shoot, never think,
This needs to be a good photo.
When you see something interesting, just shoot it. Don’t think too much about it. You can choose your favorite photos when you go home.
Seek to make 10 million bad photos in your life
So friend as an encouragement, just make your first bad million photos. Perhaps — you can become a master photographer once you hit 10 million bad photos.
SHOOT SHOOT SHOOT!
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