Okay, I thought I would continue the lessons learned part of my last post on another day, but I'm feeling like I need to wrap a few things up in the next few weeks before the next stage begins and so I'll post them now. (Yes, I'm being deliberately cryptic :D).
Further things that I learned in the last year: -To stop saying "One day I will ______" and just start doing ______; -That practice may make perfect but sometimes perfection is elusive; -Digital allows you to make mistakes over and over and over again until you figure out the right way to do it; -Film is so underrated; -Patience may be a virtue but I love getting results now; -When you love a hobby you don't care how much time you spend obsessing over it; -That it helps to have charged batteries when taking pictures; -That it also helps to have empty memory cards when trying to take pictures; -Flickr can become a great way to get praise: "Love my photo! Please tell me it's as great as I think it is! Hello? Anyone?" -You can have more photography related magazines than you have time to read and still keep getting more; -Suddenly you critique every picture ever made right down to the ISO, how the model did or didn't flex her foot, or the post work on her left eyebrow; -Although I've never met them, I have weekly meetings with Kelby, Hobby, McNally, Prihoda, Talkington, Jarvis, Laforet and Ziser; -Being nervous as hell is okay, just remind yourself that you know what you're doing; -Making mistakes is all part of learning. Keep screwing up, you'll keep growing; -Lens envy is a very easy disease to catch; -So is camera envy;
But most importantly I've learned to shoot what I love.