What tips do you have for people starting out in photography or are looking to improve their skills?
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What tips do you have for people starting out in photography or are looking to improve their skills?

My biggest recommendation is consistency and discipline. So many people think FWID just happened or a print that wins an award or gets featured somewhere big just automatically happens instead of being the result of a lot of work, time, and effort. It takes a lot of failures before you get to a certain level.

One of the things I miss about being a newbie is not caring. I would create something and put it out there. I wouldn't care because I didn't know any better. Now that's disappeared a little bit. I'm cautious, and I ask myself if something is worth sharing or not. It's good in some ways, bad in others.

If people want to get better, but you don't have a plan, how are you going to accomplish that? You're going to be like all those people who make New Year's resolutions and then a week later, nothing comes out of it.

The point is, when I started taking pictures with my phone, I didn't care if it was a good photo. I was practicing. I was showing up every day in a discipline, I was in a habit. I made the thing I wanted to get good at a habit. If people want to get better, but you don't have a plan, how are you going to accomplish that? You're going to be like all those people who make New Year's resolutions and then a week later, nothing comes out of it.

You have to be disciplined. You have to have habits. For me, consistency is the biggest factor. Show up, even on the days when you don't want to, even when you're tired. Figure out a discipline. For me, that was a photo every day. I don't know what that means for someone else. The point is, I had a plan and I saw it through.