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The Official Celebratory One-Year Anniversary PhotoTip

Exactly one year ago I published the first of these online PhotoTips. OK, it'll actually be one year tomorrow, but the year doesn't divide up into weeks evenly. So much for the Gregorian calendar. But I digress.

Looking back over the year in the archives for me is kind of an interesting exercise: I've covered a lot of territory. Some weeks I've written a bit more, others a bit less, but when you add it all up for the entire year, there's a respectable body of work there. Had I sat down to do it all at once I doubt it would have gotten written.

But my purpose in mentioning this isn't solely to pat myself on the back, but rather to illustrate a point. Many large tasks can seem overwhelming, but if you tackle them a little at a time you can be surprised at how much you can accomplish. Improving your photography can be a lot like this. Starting out as a novice, you've got to learn about f/stops, apertures, exposure and a whole host of technical subjects. Then there's the whole artistic realm of photography where you have to concern yourself with composition and such. This may seem like an insurmountable challenge, but it really isn't. So long as you go out shooting because you enjoy it and spend some time studying photography in between, your work will improve over time. I look back at some of my early work (thankfully, none of which is posted here) and I know I've certainly improved over the years. If you keep with it, in the future you'll almost certainly be able to look back at what you've done and celebrate too.

Looking forward to future anniversaries. Hope you are too...

Date posted: October 20, 2002


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