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The Value of Experience – Defending Pro Shooters

There are few fields where the perceived value of experience is so low. I’m talking about photography. There has been an explosion of interest in photography brought on by the boom in digital technology, and too many new DSLR owners think that they can instantly get professional results. Anyone can take a picture, but great photographs don’t just happen and are not automatically the product of sophisticated cameras. They are the product of either innate talent or years of hard work and practice.

In Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers, he points out that innate talent can only take an individual so far and that to gain true expertise requires many, many hours of dedicated practice. “The idea that excellence at performing a complex task requires a critical minimum level of practice surfaces again and again in studies of expertise. In fact, researches have settled on what they believe is the magic number for true expertise: ten thousand hours.” Continue reading »

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