A Lesson from Ronaldo

Despite only being a Man Utd player for 6 years Cristiano Ronaldo will forever remain a Utd legend. Since his world record (then) move to Real Madrid, and despite the lower amount of trophies claimed, he has gone on from strength to strength – even surpassing I think what he believed he could achieve. His recent award for 2013 World Player of Year is fully deserved. 

So what has this got to do with photography? 

Well quite often people will look at talent and make a comment on how lucky they are to be where they are. I would argue that luck, in 99% of the cases, has very little to do with it, rather it’s all to do with hard work and dedication. 

Just been reading an article on the BBC which describes how Ronaldo was in his early days at Man Utd. It really does put it into perspective what he did to achieve what he has done. 

Clegg said: “For every mistake he made in a game, he’d spend hours and hours and hours practising to make sure it didn’t happen again. Generally with players, if they try something and it doesn’t work, they don’t try it again, they fear it – but he didn’t. No chance.

Quote taken from article on BBC. Find full article here

This is typical of anything, not least photography. If you want to improve you have to practice. If you make mistakes you have to look at why that was, get back on the horse and try again (and again, and again). 

Photography is a journey, but it is also a challenge. A personal challenge to improve. And the only way you are going to do that is to get out there with the camera and practice. 

Next up, Setting yourself targets and sticking to them. 

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