Doing what it takes to get better

One of the photographers I follow and admire is Chase Jarvis. You probable have heard of this guy in one form or another but if you haven’t he is a commercial photographer and director, author, and visual artist. While reading an interview with him it was described that he takes between 1 to 1000 iPhone pictures a day and shares them on social media.

Wait…what? 1 to 1000 a day!? Holy CRAP that’s a lot of pictures. The reason behind this is because this is what it takes to improve. Not sitting around on the internet typing blog posts (ahem…cough) or playing Modern Warhalocraft 4: Playbox 3 edition. It’s getting up off your butt and pushing that shutter button a lot. Day in and day out clicking the shutter and getting the practice time in.

Henri Cartier-Bresson said, “Your first 10,000 photos are your worst” and it’s been proven that to master something one must invest 10,000 hours in doing that thing. These aren’t coincidences, you must click that shutter and get the practice if you truly want to be a master.

So this inspired me, as of today I will be picking up my camera and pressing that shutter. Yeah and it’ll be somewhere between 1 to 1000 shots a day (ha…ha..ha let’s narrow that down a bit 1 to 30ish maybe more depending on if my wife tells me to stop or not) and sharing some of these with the world. Not that I’m saying a photo a day project or anything like that, to much pressure for me, I ‘m just getting the shot.

So let’s all ;get inspired and get going on that 10,000 shots. Don’t worry they’re only your worst.

Daily photo color twirl


About Mark Birks
Professional photographer specializing in fine art photography and portraiture.

2 Responses to Doing what it takes to get better

  1. Mark Birks says:

    Thanks, it’ll be fun.

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