Al­bert Pedrosa won­ders what’s hold­ing pho­togs back

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Isaw a link in Face­book that talks about photography and the topic was about what’s hold­ing you back in your photography jour­ney. It didn’t take a lot of think­ing for me to jump into the ar­ti­cle and find out my­self what I’m lack­ing and maybe help it share to my stu­dents as well. Hop­ing that this ar­ti­cle will free ev­ery­one from dis­ap­point­ment.

With a ton of ex­cite­ment, I watched the video. Af­ter a minute of beat­ing around the bush, I de­cided to end the video and start the au­to­mated as­sess­ment, it turned out to be too gen­eral and def­i­nitely not some­thing I was ex­pect­ing. I de­cided to write about the topic in­stead and share my own ex­pe­ri­ence in the ever com­pli­cated world of photography.

When I de­cided to se­ri­ously learn photography back seven years ago, at that time, I also wanted to learn play­ing the gui­tar. My love for mu­sic is as much as my love for photography. Why did I end up do­ing well in photography than in mu­sic af­ter many years? Be­cause I only tried to learn play­ing gui­tar when I had the time to spare. In photography, I don’t wait for time; in­stead, I cre­ate them.

If there’s no room in my sched­ule, I pri­or­i­tize, and photography hap­pens to be one of my top pri­or­i­ties. There’s al­ways a time to shoot no mat­ter what. There was no re­ward that I was ex­pect­ing in re­turn at that time, It was just about be­ing able to do it or at least boost some con­fi­dence in my­self to con­tinue learning more. The sat­is­fac­tion that I get ev­ery time I’m shooting was al­ready the re­ward.

My thirst for knowl­edge about photography is over­whelm­ing that if there’s some­thing that’s hold­ing me

back, I prob­a­bly didn’t no­tice it. My de­ter­mi­na­tion and com­mit­ment to what I do is more than enough for me to break through any ob­sta­cles and hur­dles along the way. Al­though there is one that will for­ever ex­ist in my jour­ney and that is “self- doubt”.

Self- doubt will kill you and your dreams. The urge to give up when you start doubt­ing your­self is so in­tense that there’s re­ally not much you can do about it. There is no go­ing around it as well and worse is you don’t know how long it will last. No amount of ad­vice can get you out

Re­mem­ber that pho­tog­ra­phers are mas­ters of light, so they can al­ways put a light at the end of the tun­nel.

of a slump ex­cept your­self.

The only so­lu­tion to the prob­lem is to keep on go­ing. Even if you com­pletely think that it’s not go­ing to work, keep on walk­ing. Even if it’s tak­ing so long for you to bounce back, keep mov­ing for­ward. You can­not see the fu­ture but you can al­ways cre­ate it start­ing to­day.

Re­mem­ber that pho­tog­ra­phers are mas­ters of light, so they can al­ways put a light at the end of the tun­nel. Keep on shooting, ev­ery­one!

It’s al­ways been a chal­lenge for me to shoot close to fine arts-type of fash­ion ed­i­to­ri­als. I love the pho­tos but can’t seem to nail it. You just have to keep on do­ing it and con­tinue to chal­lenge your­self. (Model: Adri­ana Gots)

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