There's a tendency in photography (or any creative field) to look at the people who are naturally talented and envy the seemingly effortless ease with which they produce great work, thinking that you'll simply never be as good as them. That's definitely not the case, and this great video explores why talent is sometimes an overrated commodity.
Coming to you from Manny Ortiz, this video examines a topic I think is of particular importance for those just starting out. Having gone to a music conservatory for a half-decade now, one thing I've learned is that hard work and perseverance determine a lot more about a person's success than raw talent. That's not to say talent doesn't help, but trying to ride it through to success without putting in the requisite hours rarely leads to accomplishment. And yet, those who may not be prodigies but put in the time to learn and practice often become the professionals. So, spend less time comparing yourself to others and more time learning and honing your craft. Practice, practice, then practice some more. And just so you know: the people that make it look effortless likely spent years working their butts off to get to the point where it looks easy for them.
[via Manny Ortiz]