Lotus Flower Interior

Are You Still in Beta? (Podcast 429)

Lately I've been thinking about where we are on our photographic journeys, and wondering if we ever really come out of beta. They say it takes 10,000 hours to really master something, but does that mean that you have to hide in a closet until you've done your time? Hell...

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Martin Bailey is a nature and wildlife photographer and educator based in Tokyo. He's a pioneering Podcaster and blogger, and an X-Rite Coloratti member.
  • Murray Foote
    Posted at 19:50h, 07 July Reply

    What comes after Beta, you ask?

    Gamma, thatโ€™s the answer, surely. Perhaps that means that if we progress past Beta our photography becomes radioactive and weโ€™re not really getting somewhere until we get to Delta and live with constant change. And then that leaves room for another twenty different stages of photography before we need to use another alphabet.

  • Hugh Walker
    Posted at 23:20h, 08 July Reply

    Hi Martin, I have been enjoying your podcast for about 2 years and have never found the courage to actually write something on your blog. However today’s podcast seemed to have provided me with a bit of ‘dutch courage’ i found your discussion on the topic of being in beta resonated with me and made me think about where I am and how I use the tools at my disposal .

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 20:43h, 09 July Reply

      I’m really pleased to hear that Hugh. Thanks for taking the time to comment, and please don’t be a stranger moving forward! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Adam Birnbaum
    Posted at 06:53h, 09 July Reply

    Great article, Martin. I just tweeted this – I think it is really good to remember that we are all forever in beta, yet need to have the courage and presence of mind to know when to ship. We just launched v2.0 of our photography app and a lot of this resonated with me.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 20:50h, 09 July Reply

      Thanks for the tweet and for taking the time to comment Adam! And the best of luck with v2!

  • Justin Lee
    Posted at 23:11h, 10 July Reply

    Great post Martin! Spot on with the relativity and beta stuff. I definitely share the feeling of being happy about my work one day and having a completely different feeling the next day. Perhaps its the excitement of the capture or the new edit that sparks our pride, or maybe its just the mood we are caught in sometimes that changes how we feel…

    Also, this is a bit off-topic, but do you know of any communities (either online or in-person) for wildlife photographers in Tokyo? I just moved here a few months ago and have joined a few photography groups, but haven’t really met any wildlife shooters and would really like to start shooting with some others who share my interests ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 10:37h, 12 July Reply

      Thanks Justin!

      The change in mood is probably more what it’s about. The attachment to the shoot wears off after a few days, and generally doesn’t come back. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I don’t know of any Tokyo Wildlife photography groups unfortunately. I’m a bit of a lone wolf in many respects, so I don’t look out for this sort of stuff. Sorry!


    • Justin Lee
      Posted at 22:49h, 13 July Reply

      No worries, just thought I’d ask ๐Ÿ™‚

      If you ever feel like joining a pack, however, lemme know and maybe we can go shoot around Tokyo some time. I haven’t been to Tokyo’s birding spots yet (like yacho koen and Yatsu-higata), but I plan on heading over there come migration season ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Larry Martin
    Posted at 00:03h, 15 August Reply

    Martin. How did you create the totally black background in the lotus photograph? Very inspirational podcast.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 09:07h, 15 August Reply

      Thanks Larry! This was just a few clicks in Silver Efex Pro, then if I recall a slight vignette added in Lightroom to finish it off. I’ll do a video to show you at some point if that will help.

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