The Power of Patient Persistance

In the last fifteen years technology has made fantastic improvements to photography. First came auto-exposure, then auto-focus, and now film has been replaced with silicon. The technical aspect of photography has been removed, so now it is simple to take great photographs.

Or is it?

The digital cameras of today are PHD cameras, as in, “Push Here Dummy.” They are great for taking great snapshots, but it is a lucky person who gets a truly fabulous photograph from one. You can take a hundred ordinary people with a hundred PHD cameras and let them loose in a room with a single subject, with instructions to take hundreds of pictures. The best picture will come from the person who takes the fewest exposures.


Because the use of these automatic features eliminates the control that the photographer has that enables him to capture a scene and record it so that it can convey a story. The shutter speed, the aperture of the lens, the focal length of the lens, the speed of the film, the focus of the lens, and the timing of the exposure are all controls that the true photographic artist uses to capture a moment and create a quality photograph, not a snapshot.

That skill takes patient and persistent practice to develop and master.

An expert photographer looks at a scene and envisions the picture that will capture the event. They choose the right lens, film, shutter speed, aperture, and focus for the photograph that matches their vision.

And then they patiently wait for the decisive moment to trigger the shutter.

Patience. Skill. Strategy.

There is a difference between “Good Enough” and “Right.” “Good Enough” is when you don’t have time to do it right. "Right" is when you take the time to patiently and persistently work until what you have created is great.

Strategy is the setting of "Right."

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