You will not MASTER Photography Overnight





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Published on Aug 26, 2012


There I said it, you will not master photography overnight.

Today more than ever a lot of people think they should me able to master anything and everything in a matter of hours or days. This holds true in photography, so many people feel that if they purchase a camera that they will just get it in no time flat.

What tends to happen is people get frustrated with their "camera" after a few weeks or months and end up saying "my camera sucks". We know its not the camera that sucks because you can get great images with any camera on the market.

The truth is you will not master photography in 6 months or sometimes even in 4 or 5 years. It may take a very long time until you feel confortable in your skin as a photographer. But the idea that you need or should be able to master photography in little or no time needs to change.

I am personally 18 years into shooting. I started off not knowing a thing but through years of practice and messing up I feel like I am in a great place as a photographer.

That also brings up a good point, if you don't know how to shoot something the best thing to do is go out and attempt it on your own. Sure its fine to do some looking around online for some help but you really need to shut up and shoot. There is a lot to learn online but nothing replaces trying.

I get so many simple questions on the web site that people submit that they could simply answer if they tried to solve their own problem. Before you submit a question to anyone try to answer it yourself. Don't take the easy way out without first trying everything you can to figure it out on your own.

The moral of the story is its going to take time to master anything and honestly we all may never truly become a master. But you have to experiment, you have to try you have to do something on your own. You have to put in the 10,000 hours that everyone talks about.

There will come a day when something clicks and you go ah, I get it, I understand what I am doing here. And that day is amazing but you can't stop there and be satisfied. You have to forge ahead and continue to hone your skills.

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Gian Tamayo
I always watch your videos sir Jared keep it up im learning alot cheers
I'd like to add that when you shoot and make mistakes, figure out what you did wrong and then learn from those mistakes then don't make them the next time. I see so many people in the photo clubs making mistakes and not even trying to figure out why and just blaming themselves for not being a good photographer. You gotta want it! 
Thanks, I needed that :)
Castiel Diallo
Thats a bit harsh innit? I will say this. Not everyone that leaves at the same time for Hollywood will arrive at the same time. I had the same convo about this subject.
Hey Jared, you cannot ignore that some people are not talented and whatever they push their limits, they will NEVER gonna shoot amazing pictures and become nice photographer, they will stay snapshooters coz (i think) they don't have enought sensibility to the world they live into...
Zane Richards
I've been shooting for 15 years and I don't really think of it in terms of "mastering". I'm not a traditionally trained photographer to begin with and I wonder if maybe that has something to do with it? As far as gear goes I stand with the truth of "it's not the camera it's the photographer" (see Digital Rev TV's fantastic series on this, esp. the episode with David Hobby). To many people think if they only get the right camera everything else will fall into place. 
Dor Kremer
wards of wisdom 
How ironic. I just had my "X" job come along this past Saturday. I was scared, but I pushed through it and did the shoot. Much to my surprise, I got a lot of great photos, and my best photo in years! I now have four more shoots lined up with the same clients..... :) btw, my first camera was a 126 (?) that my father ( also a photog) gave me when I was 12. Hardly anyone even knows what a 126 is these days,..lol Showing my age,...lol 
Regular Gamer Channel with Mr E942
Thats the best way to learn any kind of physical work, to do it and learn by mistake and try at 110% to get it right at first shot. :D 
You said it. The pros do it. Is not a bad thing, but novice students will have a better pratice with raw. When they feel confident they can try jpeg only.
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