Camel Silhouettes at Sunset

Seven Stages of Contentment in a Photographer (Podcast 627)

This week we explore an idea that has been building in me over the years, which is that as we grow as photographers we go through various stages, and eventually spend less energy lusting over gear and gain more satisfaction and contentment from creating images that feed our souls. I believe...

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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.
  • Chris Percival
    Posted at 02:18h, 31 July Reply

    Helpful, relevant and to the point. For this post, I enjoyed the time listening rather than reading.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 08:47h, 31 July Reply

      That’s great! Thanks for letting me know Chris.

      Thanks for letting me know that you listened too. I always find it interesting that some people read and some listen.

  • Andy Bartlett
    Posted at 06:40h, 31 July Reply

    Great article, Martin. I completely agree that you have to go through the stages. It’s all part of the journey. Thanks for continuing to share your journey and so help us all on our own journeys.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 08:50h, 31 July Reply

      I’m pleased you enjoyed this Andy. I’m sure we do have to go through these phases. Rather than giving people a way to circumnavigate a stage, my hope is that it will help people to identify where they are and also perhaps remove some of the angst that can arise by understanding its cause.

      Thank you for continuing to follow my antics. 🙂

  • Greg Scott
    Posted at 03:46h, 08 August Reply

    Enjoyed this article. I recognized myself in several of the stages. Good composition is still a challenge for me but I like to think I am improving and becoming more selective in my shot selections.

    I made the switch to mirrorless three years ago but size & weight were minor factors in my decision. What prompted me to switch was the electronic view finder that gave me a histogram & artificial horizon as I took the shot. Before mirrorless, I never shot manually. Now with focus peaking manual focusing makes sense to me.

    Recently I have read several articles by photographers that track their personal photographic journeys. While the details vary, there is a common theme of experimentation and learning we all seem to travel.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 11:50h, 08 August Reply

      Hi Greg,

      I’m pleased you enjoyed this. Composition is always a challenge. I’m working on a post to provide more detail on my current thinking on this, hopefully for release in the next few weeks. I hope that will help some too.

      I fully appreciate the reasons for people switching to Mirrorless, and you give some great examples right there. I already have the digital level in my Canon camera’s viewfinder, so I’m good there, but I’d love to have focus peaking and highlights etc. right there in the viewfinder. For me though, I’m still not sure that the benefits of having those things would be enough to either warrant me switching or to give up viewing the scene directly, as opposed to electronically. It will happen at some point probably, but being completely happy with what I am using makes it less likely that I’ll give it serious thought at any time soon. Like I say though, never say never! 🙂


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