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09.22.08         personal  

What Michael Andrew Struggles With...


Last week Scott asked what it is I struggle with most as a photographer. Im going to answer this in two parts, because of what I am trying to accomplish as a photographer is very different than what I struggle with photography wise.

The hardest thing of what I do, meaning this blog, video/content production (DVDs/Lessons), the forums, and other projects that I am working on is that I really, REALLY, struggle to find enough time in the day to get everything done I need to. While I work for myself, sometimes this is not as luxurious as it sounds because most days, I wake up, put out any fires, (too long to explain) and then spend the rest of the day in a small room editing my latest video. I will take a short break in the evenings to go workout, grab a bite to eat, and then I am usually back in the editing room until 1- 3am. Part of my problem is that I set extremely high levels of standard for myself, and this means I will re-edit or re-shoot until I am satisfied. I cannot say how many times I will work several days on a video, edit it, watch it a few times and think: I can do this better, throw that first video out and redo it. The lesson on How A Pixel Get's its Color is a good example. Its a short 5 minute video, but it took 3 versions and 7 days to make. I will say this though, once it is done, I feel deeply satisfied.

I also find it very challenging sometimes to find worthwhile things to post about on this blog every single day. Dont get me wrong, I love blogging. But every once in a while, I really dont have anything interesting to share, so it takes some time to research an idea for a post.

What I struggle with in terms of pure photography is simple: Finding new ways to grow and stay fresh. This takes a conscious effort to seek anything and everything I dont understand about photography and can be very challenging. Its easy to feel like you know a thing or two about something and stop growing. I noticed this on another photographers website once (considered one of the top 10 in the world), while they were very good, all of their images looked exactly the same, and it bored me.

Photographically, I want to diversify as much as possible, learn everything I can, then choose the best parts of what I learn and find an interesting way to combine them.

Variation is required for growth.

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