This is a question I get ask on a regular basis.
“How can I become a better Artist?”
My answer reminds me of an old joke:
A tourist is walking down the street in New York City, sees a Cop and ask for directions.
“How do you get to Carnegie hall? ”
The Cop replies “Practice, practice, practice”
BUT, that IS the one of the answers I give most frequently.
A marathon runner does not just decide the day before a race to run 10 miles.
He practices, he runs, and runs, and runs.
Infrared art is a skill, in just the same way.
A violinist doesn’t pick up their instrument only when they want to play for an audience.
Your camera is your instrument.
If you only pick it up when you intend to take that perfect image, you may disappoint yourself.
I want to be a better Digital Artist, and I practice constantly.
I would like to say I practice every day, but I don’t always get to.
I shoot Flowers,
Lots, and lots,
and lots of Flowers.
If you follow my photography Facebook page you know how true that is.
I do like them, but mainly because they are easily accessible.
They are my practice both for image capture, and for post production.
By using them I have learned to better control the Infrared image I am making.
I can work on sharpening my focus,
And trying to understand the way light works in Infrared.
Practicing with Flowers has helped me improve my digital art.
I encourage you to find …Something you can easily practice on.
Give yourself a goal to shoot regularly, but also have an idea in mind of what you want to accomplish.
But don’t be afraid to make mistakes.
I’ve learned many things by messing up.
For example, I cannot handhold an a half second exposure. Who knew?
I guess THAT’S why they make tripods.
Art is journey, . . .
. . . My goal is just to be a little better than I was yesterday.
How about you?