I’ve had my Canon T6I for 8 days now. I have absolutely no real prior photography/photoshop skills.
5 days after the arrival of my new camera, I took these pictures and edited them. Keep reading to see how.
In a non-boastful way, it doesn’t look like these pictures were taken by someone with less than a week of experience, does it? No, they’re not the world’s best photos and I still have room for improvement. But they’re above beginner level.
What if I told you you could take pro pictures just days after picking up a camera, or you could paint a world-famous painting just days after picking up a brush, or you could play a song by Mozart shortly after sitting down at a piano for the first time?
You’d likely laugh and say “No, I can’t.”
But you’d be wrong. You can become proficient at anything if you do the following things.
- Spend a large amount of time a day on that thing. I’m not talking 30 minutes, I’m talking 2-4 hours. When I got my camera, I spent hours reading about the settings, talking with my photographer friends and getting lessons from them, and I even hopped on a 2.5 hour Skype call with my friend and his professional photographer friend, and they taught me how to use Adobe Lightroom. I spent (and continue to spend) hours everyday learning.
- Do free work. Take every opportunity you have to gain experience. Study every aspect of the thing you wish to become proficient in. Free work is a great way to get publicity and real-life experience. I’ve got two free photoshoots scheduled this weekend so that I can gain more experience, both in taking photos and editing photos. Additionally, the people I’m shooting will share my photos and I’ll start to gain a following.
Do these two things and I can guarantee you’ll learn this art/skill/trait/whatever you’re trying to learn, much faster than normal. I’d even argue that you’d learn this art/skill/trait faster than if you sat in a class room listening to lectures about it.
Doing is the best way to learn.
There aren’t any excuses as to why you’re not good at something you want to be good at, or why you still can’t play guitar well after 2 years of lessons, or how you “just don’t have the time” to spend on something that you wish you had. Nothing is holding you back but you. The human brain is capable of so much more than we give it credit for.