In the October issue of N-Photo (issue 129) apprentice pro Benedict Brain used the following analogy: “If you only go to the gym once a month, you’re not going to build up muscle, and it’s the same thing with photography. It seems like the perfect statement to talk about as we approach the start of the New Year.
New Years Resolutions are a great excuse to get into your photography routine. But as we all know, January is known for its good intentions that quickly fall apart. And if my past bodybuilding aspirations are justified, I’m willing to bet most people threw in the towel before the end of February. So this month, I thought about taking the Ben gym analogy a step further in an attempt to curb smoking cessation.
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There’s no getting around the problem, improving a skill takes practice; but you could also say that there is such a thing as too much practice (or at least to begin with). The problem with January’s health workouts is the temptation to dive in from day one and train like a long-term gym enthusiast or professional athlete. If you switch from a relatively sedentary lifestyle to long, high-impact gym sessions seven days a week, you’re probably going to find it overwhelming and, at worst, you could exhaust yourself completely.
This school of thought can be applied to almost any hobby, and photography is certainly no different. If you commit to photographing a sunrise or sunset every day, at some point you are going to tire yourself out. And when that happens, you’re going to put your camera down… and when that happens, you might not get it back for six months…
The secret to taking regular photos is to come up with a workable plan of action. It doesn’t matter if you want to take one photo per week or embark on a 365 year-long project, as long as you ramp up your production and find a way to fit it into your schedule, you’ll have every chance of doing it. to succeed.
You can always rely on your New Years resolution. If you love photography more than ever, increase the frequency with which you shoot or try shooting more difficult subjects.
Whatever fun photo challenges await you in 2022, I wish you the best of luck. Remember, this is a marathon, not a sprint. I think it’s time I dusted off those dumbbells …
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