Recent studies show how one's level of grit and determination can predict success more accurately than an IQ score. While this theme may have been played out in countless Hollywood movies (Rocky 1-6 anyone?), it's worth exploring from a photographer's perspective as well.
Like all worthwhile pursuits, photography has its fair share of pitfalls. They come at you fast with technical challenges such as aperture, hyperfocal distance scales, histograms, aspect ratios, etc. For some, this is daunting enough to bubble along blissfully on automatic mode. Of course this creates its own set of issues including unpredictable results, and an inability to properly speak the language of photography. It's those who can find the courage to keep going despite the continuous challenges that ultimately succeed as professionals.
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