George Eastman said... "Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography." An interesting quote given the state of photography today, and the over-the-top pursuit of cameras with good low-light capability.

They can’t all be winners! I post lots of successful bird photographs here and on social media. But please realize that I spend hours each day, and many days each month to get the one or two gems you see here. Much of the time, things don’t work. Almost always because I am deficient. But I will never give up because when it works, it is so rewarding that I will gladly suffer the slings and arrows of failure.

Your success in no way threatens mine. I am rooting for you.
To succeed as a photographer have clarity about who you are and what you want to say - and what you stand for. Don't chase styles or influencers because you'll probably be disappointed and waste time following something that won't make you happy even if you win.

If you have a moving, shocking, thought-provoking, arresting, important, serious photograph that causes people to react, think, feel, etc., it doesn’t matter whether you are old or young, female or male, what race you are, what religion you are, what your history is or what your future holds, what country you live in, how much money you have, how pretty you are, how strong you are, how powerful you are, how important you are, how cool you are – all that matters – and I do mean ALL that matters – is the picture.

When making a photo remember that you & you alone own each & every pixel in the frame. It's yours to use as you see fit. Spend your time filling it with only things you personally care about & that tell your story. Avoid trends or anything else that you don't really care about.