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Mastering: Decision making & freedom (5)

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

Keywords: mastery, art, bgs

In the last installment of this series, part 4, we discussed the areas that you can control for when you are growing as a photographer, such as allocating time for your photography. We also touched upon the areas that are to a lesser degree within your control, such as other people.

Today we are digging further into the "controlled spectrum" with some thoughts on decision-making and consequences of our actions, or inactions. We will look into taking risks, and freedom as a foundation for creativity. We are also coming back to physical exercise for helping your creativity flourish.

Most things in your life can be brought under your control. I quite often experience that friends of mine first object to the idea that most things in their lives are actually controllable. After thinking it through though they tend to change their mind. We are in a given situation because of a certain, past decision, but we still can exert control. Events seldom "just happen" to us and are often the result of an earlier decision taken, or not.

Every day we make decisions and our actions, large or small have consequences. Even not making a decision will somehow influence our lives. A lot is being taught to leaders on consequences of their decisions, or at least there is plenty of learning material available. We, as photographers can pick up ideas from this and incorporate it into our photography.

One book on the topic is "The Science of Consequences: How They Affect Genes, Change the Brain, and Impact Our World" by Susan M. Schneider.


Ballet dancer in the Primate's Palace of Bratislava, Slovakia by Pascal Baetens (pbaetens)

A ballet dancer in the Primate's Palace of Bratislava, Slovakia. By Pascal Baetens (pbaetens). Click for larger image.

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Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) on June 11, 2018

One of the two c-founders, expert in several areas Awarded for his valuable Nikon product reviews at the Resources

@MKHurder: Thanks. Re WDM: Yes, more than a few of us probably do this to some degree subconsciously - I know for sure that I still do that to some degree as well. Making it more consciously leads IMO to better results though.

Michael Hurder (MKHurder) on June 10, 2018

Part 5: That's a great tool, Bo. "WDM", puts a label to what I've been doing subconsciously for years. Now I'll think a little more clearly about prioritizing things. I did a little of that when I decided to buy Tamron lenses, knowing I couldn't buy Nikkors and the D850. Because of a Nikonian's suggestion, I had a major "rethink" about being a pure Niconista. This was also a "get it now or probably never" kind of situation. I had the funds from the insurance company to spend as I wished by way of rehab. So I went back to school and bought the gear I could, while I could. Priorities! Thanks a bunch, Bo. Sometimes I get lost in trying to be perfect right now and forget the "reason why". This kind of motivational article helps center the thought process, smooth out the wrinkles, if you will. Bravo!

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) on January 8, 2018

One of the two c-founders, expert in several areas Awarded for his valuable Nikon product reviews at the Resources

@James: Thanks for your feedback. I am happy to hear that you are getting back to photography.

James Sipos (jimsipos) on January 7, 2018

Thanks for the article. I have been inactive in photography for nearly five years due to illness but am much better now. However, I still have not gooten my equipment out of storage because I haven't been able to choose what it is that I want to start capturing again. Too much equipment to choose from perhaps so I just sat down after reading your article and made my own chart to help me decide since there will be an expense to get the equipment ready to be used again. It looks as though my best choice will be to do Winter landscapes. Thanks for helping me get back to photography. There were several choices other than photography that were available, all of them enjoyable - woodworking, boating and sports car restoring to name a few.