SLR Photography Guide - June Edition 2019

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A digital magazine for photographers. Featuring student images from our Online Photography Courses over at https://www.slrphotographyguide.com/photography-courses/

Streetphotographyisalaboutfailure.AsAlexWebbsaid,“Street

photographyis99.9% aboutfailure.”Everytimeyouclicktheshuter,

thereisonlya1% chancethatyouwilmakeaninterestingshot.The

majorityofthetime,youmightshootanentireday,notgetasinglegood

shot,andfeeldisappointedandfrustrated.

Knowthatfailureisagoodthing.Themoreyoufail,themorelikelyyou

aretosucceed.AsThomasEdisononcesaid:“Ifyouwanttoincreaseyour

successrate,doubleyourfailurerate.”

Youcancontroltheeffort,nottheresults.Meaning,youcancontrol

putingin8hoursofshootinginoneday,andhowhardyouwork.What

youcan’tcontroliswhetheryougetagoodshotornot.

Inmystreetphotography,IoftenfoundthatthemoreIgooutandbring

mycamera,themore“lucky”Iget.WhenIhavemycamerawithme,the

moreopportunitiesIsee.Luckisn’tsomemagicalthingthathitsuslike

lightning.Howeverluckfavorstheprepared.

Bepreparedbyalwayshavingyourcamerawithyou,alwaysobserving

yourscenesandenvironment,andknowthateveryonceinawhile,you

wilbeatthe“rightplaceattherighttime.”Ifyou’recomfortablewith

yourcameraandskiledenough,youwilalsoclicktheshuteratthe

rightmoment.

Whenyoufailtogettheshot,don’tbecomediscouraged.Rather,learn

from yourfailuresandmistakes.Whatcausedyoutomisstheshot?Wasit

becauseyourcamerawasn’tsetupproperly?Wasitbecauseyourcamera

wasinyourbag(andnotinyourhand)?Wasitbecauseyouweretoo

nervousanddidn’thavethecouragetoclicktheshuter?Learnfrom your

failures,andthecloseryouwilbecometomasteringyourphotography.

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