If you want to be a successful photographer, worry about being you – not being new. The younger you are, the more prone you are to want to do something “out of the box.” It’s natural. You get that advice from all the big shots. But it’s not really possible for newbies. Not yet anyway. There’s this notion of time. You have to put in the time. You cannot cheat time. It is constant. It is demanding. It is unyielding. It is the same for everyone. You have to put in the time. You have to do the work first. But I digress. Let’s discuss doing something “new.”

Move along from one thing to the next, learning what you can. Don’t concentrate on what you DON’T know. Concentrate on what you DO know. If you look only at the negative – well that would be like the guy picking up coconuts spending his day counting how many he has left to pick up. It’s much more productive (and satisfying) to say “Wow – look how many coconuts (pearls of knowledge) I’ve gathered!”

I’ve got a new post over at Olympus.com called “Bird Photos on a Budget.” I spent a few days testing an entry-level, Micro Four Thirds system from Olympus just to see how well these lower-priced cameras can perform. The answer is – I was shocked. Read Bird Photography on a Budget at the Olympus Learning Center.