… what quality is essential to improve you photography?
And we’ve got a lot of different response. Some have said, its practice. Others have said vision. Still others have said basics are essential to improve photography. All of you have given many different answers.
I’ll tell you this for now that there are no wrong answers here, but there is still one thing that in my opinion, trumps it all. So what’s the only thing? We’ll get to that in a minute.
This last year, I’ve tried to change few things to improve my photography. I’ve tried to practice more, but have slipped the schedule at times. I’ve tried to develop my vision, and what I’ve learned is vision comes by practicing.
So how do you practice more? That’s what Jamie taught me.
What Jamie Taught Me
I came across Jamie few days ago but didn’t get a chance to talk to him or to learn from him. He died in 1997, about 17 years ago, fighting cancer.
Jamie Livingston was a photographer from NYC. Jamie took one photo a day with Polaroid everyday. His commitment to photographer was like none other. He took one photo a day for 6000 days – that’s 18 YEARS!!
His last photograph?
On his death bed.
The story behind this photograph really moved me. And then Chase Jarvis asked one question: How strong is YOUR commitment?
Jamie taught me that commitment is what matters. If you are committed, everything else will come. Commitment to improving photography will force you to practice more. The more you practice, the clearer your vision will become.
And about the discussion on our facebook page about the essential thing to improve photography, my answer, well you know now – commitment.
As the new year begins, let’s commit to improve our photography skills. I am renewing my commitment and will be consciously taking more photographs than last year and starting photo-a-day project.
Follow LFP facebook page for more on this upcoming project.
Photo courtesy: Question Mark by WingedWolf