Everyone starts somewhere
“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” – Ronald E. Osborn
The thing about photography is that you will never master it all. There is always something new to learn, a new method to try. But I think that's part of what I love about it.
I remember my first attempts at manual exposure. Fumbling around with settings. Missing focus. Absolutely no clue on how to post process or achieve good skin tones.
But after a few days of regular practicing and trying and oh the joy and pride you feel when you finally nail it. It reminds me of the Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood episode I was watching with my youngest last week and the adults singing about how proud you will feel when you figure out how to do it yourself. The same is true for adults and learning any new skill. The above photo is still one of my absolute favorites of my oldest daughter and the first time I nailed manual exposure.
I think that's one of the reasons why I love 365 projects so much. No, every photo is not portfolio worthy and many times I am absolutely embarrassed to share them. But there is value in getting out of my comfort zone and learning how to utilize unfavorable light.
“The education of a man is never completed until he dies.” – Robert E. Lee - And so it is in life and in photography. Don't be ashamed of your beginning. We all are on different roads and we all have to start somewhere. So whatever you do, keep trying. And doing. And learning. The only regrets in life are the paths not taken.
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