"Some people think that as soon as you plant a tree, it must bear fruit.
We must allow it to grow a bit."
Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra
It's time for so many of you to simply stop rushing the process. You know when you start to focus your camera whether or not you have the skills to create a spectacular image. So, if your concept of great photographs is still half-baked, then slow it down and practice, practice, practice.
You're rushing your education as if you can cram for the final exam, make the grades and move on. Imaging is an art form and there's no way to speed things up except to keep shooting, experimenting and building your expertise. At the same time, some of you think you can bluff your way through being a responsible business owner as well.
I apologize for this sounding a little like a rant this morning. It's too long a topic for just a blog post, but here are some random thoughts on the subject.
Here's the bottom line - Just slow it down. If you're on a scenic drive you don't want to be doing 75 mph! Enjoy the scenery. Get to know the people you meet along the way. Look at images from artists who set the trends. Buy a magazine and just look at the pictures.
You've chosen to be an artist in what I believe is one of the most incredible career fields in the world. You don't need to fly over the speed bumps!
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