I recently did a podcast with Roberto Valenzuela on Weekend Wisdom. I've done close to a hundred of them in all shapes and sizes over the last five years on several different blogs. With every guest, there's a common denominator - confidence. Think about every artist you follow in imaging. They're all confident. When they click the shutter you'll rarely see them chimp and if they do it's more about something they're experimenting with, not checking to see if they got the shot.
For many of you "confidence" is the missing piece of the puzzle. You've invested in great gear. You've established yourself as a business entity. You've got a website, a blog and are calling yourself a professional photographer, but you're still a little nervous when it comes to doing a portrait session, wedding or event.
Confidence doesn't come out of nowhere. It's a result of something...
hours and days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication.
So, reading that quote got me thinking about all of you newbies out there, or for that matter veterans who are trying something different. A great example would be the importance of getting into video when your background has exclusively been in still imaging. What can you do to build confidence?
Being a great photographer and an artist is about having a broad range of skills allowing you to take on just about any challenge with confidence. You can't rush the process. Think about how awkward it felt the first time you got behind the wheel learning to drive. Today it's second nature. I know it's an oversimplified comparison, but you have to know your gear and the process of creating stunning images just as easily as you get into your car and head down the highway.
Stay focused on your passion and keep feeding it new challenges and as Roberto states in every workshop, you've got to keep practicing.
Check out "Why?" one of the most popular features on the SCU Blog. It's a very simple concept - one image, one artist and one short sound bite. Each artist shares what makes the image one of their most favorite. We're over 100 artists featured since the project started. Click on the link above and you can scroll through all of the episodes to date.