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It's Ok To Get It Wrong!

According to Mike Browne, the fear of getting it wrong is a creative killer for photographers. But what would happen if photographers changed the way they think about images, removing the fear in the process?

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According to photographer Mike Browne, fear is a creative killer as the fear of getting it wrong stops many of us actually picking up a camera and taking a shot. 

"They do endless research, read, watch videos and tell themselves they just need to know a little more before they attempt it themselves," says Mike in one of his latest video tutorials (shown above). Basically, excuses are used to disguise the fear we have for just giving it a try because, as Mike touched on, we're scared of failure and live in a world where we need a 100% guarantee that it will work perfectly the very first time and every time after that. 

We also worry too much about what others think:

"We want everyone, including ourselves, to love our photos and when we don't get that we feel like a failure and start to believe that maybe we're not that good at this after all," explains Mike.  

Many photographers are scared to get it 'wrong' when really, there's no right or wrong way of doing something, just a variety of methods that allow us to discover what works and what doesn't for our particular style of photography. 

"Many of us are so scared of getting it wrong that we never take the full actions necessary to fulfill our potential," says Mike.

We need to understand that 'mistakes are an essential part of learning' so when something doesn't go right, ask yourself why it didn't but don't use it as an excuse to never pick up a camera again. 

As Mike says: "Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm. (quoted from Sir Winston Churchill)." So if you look at your results and aren't happy with the outcome, ask yourself how you can improve it next time and basically, learn from the experience. By doing so, your next shot will be better and as Mike says in the video, your confidence will grow and with more confidence you'll be willing to take more actions. Small steps turn into bigger steps and before you know it, you're experimenting with techniques and achieving interesting results you, at one time, wouldn't have thought possible. 

Another important point Mike touches on is the importance of understanding not everyone will like the photos you produce:

"You'll never please everyone," says Mike. "If someone doesn't like your image then they don't like your image and that's their opinion."

Do watch the whole video as it's a really interesting piece and take the time to visit Mike Browne's YouTube channel where more tutorials and tips can be found. He also runs where information on workshops, courses and more can be found. 

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