If the image above were one of my worse, I would be a superstar.
This photograph was a gift that pointed me toward to art I create today.
In 2009 I was selling used western saddles and tack on eBay. It was the beginning of the digital era of photography then and I needed to purchase a digital camera. I decided on the Canon Rebel xT1. It also would be a nice camera to take photographs of the beauty of Montana where I lived at the time.
When the camera arrived in the mail on a cold January day I was very excited. I quickly opened the box and put the lens on the camera. I didn't bother reading the manual. I just want to take this camera for a test drive.
As I looked out my window it was snowing pretty hard and I saw the horses at the round bale feeder eating away, so I grabbed my coat and boots and headed out the door.
It was pretty cold so I quickly put the camera in auto mode, pointed at one of the horses and snapped away. Then went back in the house to figure out how to get the images off the camera and onto my computer.
To my surprise, the image above appeared on my computer screen. I could not believe the details in the snow and the coat of the horse. I was taken back. I thought to myself that if horses could look this good in a photograph, I think I should be an equine photographer.
And that was the gift, the gift that pointed me to my future.
What I didn't realize is it would take the next six years of education and practicing before I would be able to take a photograph of that quality again.
I was now on a long journey down the road of learning equine photography.
I am going to embarrass myself by showing you some of the worse photographs I took while learning and practicing so I could become an equine photographer.
I hope to help everyone realize we all have to start somewhere and it takes many years to accomplish a skill. I can not tell you it was not hard and frustrating at times, but also incredibly rewarding.
The more I know, the more I realize there is more to learn.
I doubt I will never be able to say "Now I am a master equine photographer."
So here 10 of some of my worse images. You can read how I critique my work.
So there I just revealed my humble beginnings. It is my intention that these images help you realize we all have to start somewhere. We all have to go through the learning curve in every new skill we want to accomplish.
This is why I decided to start teaching. I want to save others the time and help them learn from all the mistakes I made when I was just starting out.
Having someone help you as you go can greatly advance your learning process and move you ahead faster. A mentor or tutor can help you avoid the mistakes they themselves made.
You have to know what you don't know before you can practice to achieve a skill.
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