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5 Tips to Help You Stop Missing Shots

Photographers from rank amateurs with their first camera through to seasoned veterans of the industry miss shots. The difference is that generally, the latter miss far fewer. Here are five tips to help you nail more shots.

We all miss shots — there's no shame in it. In fact, if you're never missing shots, I suspect you're not taking enough or pushing yourself. One of Michael Jordan's most famous and repeated quotes is a little twee, but no less true and applicable here: "I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." That said, he spent his whole career working on not missing those shots and you ought to take the same approach with your photography. In this video, photographer Roman Fox goes through his best 5 tips.

My best tip for missing fewer shots is an echo of the last paragraph and more of a long-term strategy than Fox goes for. That is, don't be worried about missing a shot. I've written on the subject before, but I'm all for taking risks in photography and pushing past the shot you know you can get, and attempting to get something you might miss but would be unique or standout. It's a tough mindset to adopt as it will mean you miss shots you would have liked to have captured, but memorable and lasting images you take will increase significantly. Over time, you will miss fewer of these attempted shots and the command you have of your camera will increase too. That said, Fox's tips will certainly help you along the way!

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Robert K Baggs is a professional portrait and commercial photographer, educator, and consultant from England. Robert has a First-Class degree in Philosophy and a Master's by Research. In 2015 Robert's work on plagiarism in photography was published as part of several universities' photography degree syllabuses.

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