I’ve got a new batch of photography students at LCU this semester. They’re working through some difficult learning exercises: how to really use their cameras (instead of letting the camera make all the decisions), choosing lenses appropriately, finding and working with light. They’re┬ámaking mistakes and learning from those mistakes. While I can see a significant improvement in their photographs in just a few weeks, the process can be discouraging because we often think things come so easily for others.

Here’s the truth: nothing is easy.

You want to get better? It’s going to take hard work and time.

And it’s not just photography. It’s everything: any creative work (writing, painting, music), business, learning, parenting, relationships–everything.

It’s hard for them, it’s hard for me.

I’m taking a photography class right now and had a still life assignment this past week. I mostly photograph people, not stuff. AND THE ASSIGNMENT WAS REALLY HARD FOR ME.

Nothing is easy. It takes time and effort.

But there’s a payoff.

Put in the time, put in the effort, do the reps. And you’ll get better.

There’s no shortcut.