Some days are better than others…
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A great day in photography usually means shooting one great photograph, if not more, that comes out better than you imagined.
There are other great days that get you to that point. While the photographs may not be stellar, they can achieve a goal. After a couple of months struggling through winter or other challenges to get any photographs, you can get a little stale.
Stale in the sense that you don’t easily anticipate things that would help you get the shot you want, let alone well exposed and focused. This is where getting out when you can to practice comes in. Now this gives no guarantee of great shots down the road, but it will help.
Its like reflexes, you need to think about what your settings need to be so when something happens you can react quickly.
Getting back into a rhythm where choices about ISO, f stop, shutter speed, autofocus mode, exposure mode, and lens are routine is Step 1.
Step 2 is focusing on your technique to get sharp/focused photographs.
Step 3 is finding your eye for composition.
It is not an incremental, linear or balanced equation. Step 1 and 2 are technical, the less you have to think about them the more you can focus on Step 3 which is where the magic happens.
So when people tell you the secret is to take more photographs, they do not mean take anything, they mean take enough pictures to be able to get the technical to be instinctive and give you the time and space to be creative in deciding on subject and composition.
And yes there will be times when none of it works and fumbling is the rule of the day. But sooner or later the technology and technique gets comfortable and you can focus more on what counts, crafting photographs – light, composition, perspective, the conversation.