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  Q. Leave your comfort zone!
Doyle D. Chastain
Asked by Doyle D. Chastain   Donor  (K=101119) on 8/25/2016 
You may think I’m crazy for saying this…

But if you really want to grow as a photographer, you want your photos to fail.

And the more they fail, the better. Here’s what I mean by that…

If you’ve been taking photos for a while now, you probably have some photography habits that consistently get you good results.

These are the kind of photos you’ve taken before, and you know they’re going to work because they’ve worked for you before.

Now, the problem is that if you keep taking the kind of photos that you know are going to work, you’re not going to learn new things. You’ll keep taking the same photos over and over again.

And that’s when you stop growing as a photographer.

But real breakthroughs happen when you step out of your comfort zone and explore the unknown.

When you take the kind of photos you’ve never taken before. When you experiment.

Does this mean that you should intentionally take bad photos?

Absolutely not!

But it does mean that you should get less obsessed with the end result and instead focus on the creative process.

Try exploring different subjects, different angles, different apps and even different styles.

And as you step into the unknown, most of your photos will not work out as you wish.

And that’s OK. You want that to happen.

Because only when you try new things and fail repeatedly, you can achieve real breakthroughs and grow as a photographer.

So the next time you’re taking photos, don’t fall back into old photography habits. Instead you should explore the unknown and keep experimenting, knowing that most of your photos will fail.

Having that freedom will help you to see the world through fresh eyes, and in between the many failures you’re going to find some true gems that will really make you happy and proud.

And you’ll become a better photographer as a result :)


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