Allow yourself to fail. Most of the big successes in my own life came only after multiple failures. It took me more than 12 years to get my well-known photograph “Cranes in the Fire Mist.” I failed every time I tried until I didn’t fail. I failed as a human being in general until I matured. I failed the first time I took the SCCA racing license test. But then I eventually passed it. Failure is normal.

“The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.” – Andy Warhol

Don’t import a color image and select the IMAGE > MODE > GRAYSCALE command to convert it into black and white. If you do that, you will literally throw away two thirds of your valuable data that you can’t get back later! You will also end up with a flat, drab-looking image that will make a turkey puke.