Single Goal, Single Focus

“Frolic” by D. Travis North

Photography is a vast and complex field.  That is why there are so many specialties:  Portrait photography, architectural photography, landscape photography, and so on.  No single person is capable of mastering every single aspect of photography in a lifetime. 

As an emerging photographer, it’s very hard to keep a single goal in mind.  It’s difficult to keep a single perspective in order to improve oneself.  We dabble in different photo specialties and consider moving in one direction or another.  There’s nothing wrong with this, in fact I feel that it’s healthy for any emerging photographer.  Pretty soon, we realize that we can’t do it all and we have to focus.  When you reach that point, you’ll need to make a choice and figure out what type of photographer you want to be.  This is your goal.  It is your one and only goal:  The Single Goal.

With your single goal chosen, it’s time to establish a focus.  Focus on achieving your goal and focus on taking whatever steps are necessary to improve yourself on the path to that goal.  Focus on nothing else.  Single Goal; Single Focus.

Don’t concern yourself too much with the possibility that your desires may change.  You can always change your goal down the line.  You can always refocus.  But if your goal and/or your focus is too broad at any one time, you will not be able to efficiently handle whatever steps are necessary to achieve your goal.  Efficiency is your friend as you continue to grow. 

So buckle down, and establish a single goal and have a single focus.


About Author

D. Travis North is a professional Landscape Architect, a Freelance Photographer and founder of Shutter Photo. Ever since he picked up his first SLR, his father's Nikon N2000, he's been hooked on photography. Travis likes to photograph urban environments, architectural details and has a new-found interest in close-up photography. His work can be found at D. Travis North Photography. Follow Travis on twitter: @dtnorth.

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