Ever feel that sinking disappointment when you look at your photos and discover not a single one turned out like you imagined it would? Me, too. Join me in this 28-day series on lessons I’ve learned behind the lens.
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Photography Disappointment 101
“A mama grizzly and her two cubs!” my student screeched in my ear from the backseat of the SUV.
“Where?” I grabbed my camera and slowed down. The rest of the students immediately went silent as they looked around, trying to locate the bears.
“Parking lot on your left,” she practically hyperventilated in her excitement.
“I see them,” I carefully pulled into the empty parking lot at Glacier National Park and rolled down my window. A mother grizzly and her two cubs ambled through the tall grass at the far end, stopping to sniff and rip flowers from their stems.
“Sooooo coooool,” someone breathed from the back seat.
I positioned my telephoto lens out the driver’s side window and snapped away. These photos would be sooooo amazing. I’d never been this close to a grizzly and her cubs before. Ever.
We watched as the cubs frolicked up the hillside, and the mama followed more slowly. Perhaps five minutes had passed, but it felt like an eternity of wonder.
As they continued climbing the hill out of range, one of the students said, “I wish I had a good camera and lens like yours, Mrs. Ojeda, my camera phone pictures are awful.”
I hit the view button on the back of my camera and stared in horror. Not a single photo had turned out. “I hate to disappoint you,” I said, “but your camera phone photos look better than mine.”
“What? How is that even possible?” another student asked.
“Simple,” I said, trying to keep the bitter disappointment out of my voice, “I had my camera on the wrong settings.”
“Aw, man,” the first girl commiserated. “At least you got to see them in real life.”
Improve Your Photos
Despite taking a photography class in college (back before digital photography), and a digital photography class one summer for my teaching credential, I had made a rookie mistake that led to great disappointment.
For the next 28 days I’ll share with you 28 tips and hacks I’ve learned about photography (and life) along the way. Disappointment still strikes at times when I snap a photo and miss the perfect shot because I’ve forgotten to follow my own advice. But I’ve improved my skills to the point where I can snap decent photos even in sticky lighting situations.
I’d love to know what you wish you could do better at in photography. What kinds of shots consistently disappoint you and make you wish you could improve your photos?
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February 10—How to Work Around a Photography Predicament
February 12—How to Get Past Only Firing the Shutter Once
February 21—Hit a Creative Roadblock? Learn to Recuperate!
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