Unexpected Source of Advice

My son, who is two and a half, has this program he likes on the computer.  He has used it for a long time and in fact it helped to teach him his ABC's about a year ago.  Since then he occasionally goes back to the computer and brings it up so he can play.  It has several different areas like learning to read, spelling, etc..  He always just wants to do the ABC's.  You know why?  Because it is easy and comfortable.  I told him that if he doesn't challenge himself that he will never reach his full potential.  Yep, I got the sort of vacant stare that you would expect to get from someone his age but the point is valid.

Photography can be looked at in this same way.  I used to shoot nature and wildlife exclusively.  Why?  Well, I was comfortable with that.  I knew what to expect, I didn't really have to interact with people, and no one was expecting anything from me.  It was safe.  I have stepped out of that comfort zone and found that I truly enjoy photographing people in different situations because each one poses it's own unique challenges.  I am a better photographer because I allow myself to be challenged.
Now you may be thinking 'well, I am happy doing nature and wildlife and I have zero desire to photograph people.'  This can apply to you as well.  How you might ask?  It is simple find different ways to challenge yourself in whatever genera of photography you have chosen.  Instead of getting out of your car, extending the tripod legs to their "usual" position, and shooting away try some different perspectives.  Try going out in weather you would not typically set foot out of your house.  You might be surprised and you will likely be a better photographer by the end of the day.  So, I am going to try and take the advice that I gave my son and challenge myself just a little more each time I am doing something photographic.  Thanks for reading.