It’s #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am here as always! I’ll get onto today’s subject very shortly, but first, I have big news!
Instagram has restored the chronological feed it lost when it was acquired by Facebook, but the algorithm-driven feed remains by default. To get your chronological feed, click here.
Now, let’s get back to the main event: “When it clicks.” I want to explain that persevering in photography can bring great rewards.
At some point in our journey as a photographer, things start to click. The idea and the dream of taking on photography as a hobby can all come crashing down fairly quickly when we switch the dial to M and realise that the exposure triad is a whole puzzle we need to wrap our heads around. Just like the exposure triad, light is something we need to learn to see and read, as well as understanding composition, depth, and a whole plethora of other things.
Each of us learns these things in our own way and at our own pace. Understanding what our pace is, along with our individual methods of learning, will help us, but eventually, it will click. There will be times when you will feel like throwing in the towel, and that’s fine. But, please don’t. Please stick with it.
My dream was to have an image featured in National Geographic, and I see myself as being halfway there. National Geographic bought one of my images for their magazine, but my goal has shifted sideways, and now I want to write a feature. It’s a big dream, I know, but life would be fairly boring if we didn’t aim high. Having these kinds of dreams is often the reason people pick up a camera for the first time.
There’s often an overwhelming element of seriousness to photography, and it can honestly feel like all the pros we aspire to shoot like are so serious and professional when shooting. Well, let me show you what it really looks like at times: –
If you’ve ventured out on the path to becoming a photographer (rather than a camera owner) and you feel like it’s all a bit complicated, just stick at it and remember this one little piece of advice: –
Take what you do seriously, but don’t take yourself too seriously.
Photography can become a heavy subject and there are a lot of things we need to wrap our heads around when we first start out, but there isn’t a photographer out there who just picked up a camera and naturally knew what to do with it. Persevere, learn the theory, get out and practice, and eventually, it will all click into place. I promise.