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Your Comfort Zone Is Hurting Your Photography

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It is really easy to get comfortable with your photography style. Our natural desire as human beings is to find comfort. Once we feel that we are capturing decent photos, we start to learn less. One of the most common statements made through the Ditch Auto – Start Shooting in Manual survey is that the course helped the student get out of their comfort zone. I am going to be the first to admit to this cardinal sin of getting too comfortable. It happens after you start to get photography work as a professional. You start to get busy and there just isn’t time left to learn new techniques when you know what’s “tried and true” works for you. On top of that, you are busy editing photos and doing other work that has become part of your process of being a photographer. My problem was that I jumped in too fast. My first year as a professional photographer was only my second year with a DSLR camera. I shot my first wedding within one year of owning my first DSLR. I was either that confident or that dumb. I was probably somewhere in between. At that time, I did the work to learn. I read books, went to workshops, watched Youtube videos, and I read blogs. This was 2005 so there was much less content than there is today. Photographing professionally for others will make you learn really fast. You can’t make mistakes, especially at weddings. You have to get it right the first time. …