3 Lessons in Success from Wildlife Photography

Posted On July 25, 2021

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Everything I’ve ever accomplished has been a result of consistency, patience, and optimism, and that can be applied to my Wildlife Photography as well, it’s an ideal lesson.

OPTIMISM CREATES OPPORTUNITY

OPTIMISM– if I didn’t have a positive outlook and wasn’t hopeful I wouldn’t set aside the time to go out my way and drive 50 minutes for the hope of getting just 3 gorgeous shots. I also wouldn’t invest the equivalent of someone’s monthly salary in the Tools of the trade to shoot with confidence.

Optimism is a firm foundation for creating your own opportunities. Once-in-a-lifetime shots, begin with having the courage to show up.

PATIENCE PRODUCES “LUCK”

PATIENCE– being at the zoo is being at the right place. But to be the beneficiary of “right timing” you largely have to be very patient, stand still, and be prepared to capitalize on a single moment in times that might never come again. You have to already have your camera settings dialed in, visualized the composition, and be ready to take the shot. Despite all those variables, you can’t call it random luck. It comes down to patience, planning, and your prep work. Being in the right place isn’t an accident. I look up the weather, I look up the animals and what time of day they tend to be most active. Practice my camera settings and photography posture, and then I am the beneficiary of “good timing”. I have manufactured my own food fortune on purpose.

CONSISTENCY COMPOUNDS YOUR RESULTS

CONSISTENCY– by sharpening the saw, by shooting almost every single day, I learn more about how I work and what works for me. You can improve a lot in a short period of time if you are consistent in concentrating your effort on a single thing or a very few things that overlap. Consistency is compound interest. These 3 principles are powerful and are essential to success. When you apply them in a practical way you will find you don’t rely on luck and will likely stop believing in it, and put your belief in yourself and your process…

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Written by Roberto Blake

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