Photo inspiration

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Taken at Umgababa on a recent photo outing to the KZN south coast.

Today, I would like to bring to your attention Scott Bourne’s inspirational photo blog and podcast. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, or directly from the blog. One of his all-time popular posts concerns 10 ways to Improve Your Photography without Buying Gear. The entire post is relevant but his sixth point rings a great big bell with me:

“Work hard. And then work harder. I have a favorite saying I heard back when I was in high school. “Everybody wants to be a rock star without having to learn the chords.” There’s no getting around the fact that getting good at photography involves dedication and hard work. Buying the best camera in the world won’t do a thing for you if you don’t get off the couch and go shooting.”

You need passion to want to work that hard and I can’t begin to remember how many times I’ve talked to hopeful newbie photographers and just known that they were not going to make it with their current attitudes. This person may even go out on a shoot occasionally but they never read a photo book or magazine and are too busy event to look at pictures on the internet.

I guess the passion thing holds good for most things in life.

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