experience

Is Ok to Fail

It’s said that you need 10,000 hours of practice to master a skill.

In photography this is translated to the famous axiom: “Your first 10,000 pictures are your worst.

To me, that means that is ok to fail. 9,999 times to be exact!

It is though failure that we are able to identify greatness. It’s through falling that we can get up, dust off and continue on the journey.

If all we do is successful, we will never know the sweet taste of achievement. It will be a very boring existence.

It’s said that struggle is what makes us feel alive.

When we look back at our failures, we always fell happier. We got over them. We succeeded! “We are better than that”, we tell ourselves.

Of course is scary when we are failing, but we should never let fear run us.

This too, my friend, shall pass…

As photographers, when we look at our pictures from 10,000 images ago, we see how good we have gotten. How much we have advanced, as photographer, editors, human beings.

That is why I say, is always OK to fail. You will become a better person in the end.

“Believe me, the reward is not so great without the struggle.” —Wilma Rudolph

So I bought a Drone...

No, not the DJI or the GoPro... :-) It is what is called a "Selfie Drone", a mini-drone; or how I like to call it a Training Drone.

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I have been wanting to do some "Droning" for a while now.

I usually watch videos on youTube from photographers around the world and some of those guys are using drones to film B-Roll and add to the video experience.

Is fascinating seeing the world from high above.

Anyways, I have been watching some videos online on the whole process of flying a drone and which one to purchase and so on.

A lot of those videos, suggest, that you should always start with a smaller drone to get the handle on how to fly them. After you master that smaller drone, you can graduate to a better and more complex drone.

I can tell you, is not easy!

The guys online make it look like it's really easy and that anyone can do it. I don't doubt that with practice, I'll get better, but it is kind of harrowing when you see that drone flying away and you see the possibility of loosing it.

Because this is a mini-drone, my first trial were inside the house and they were pretty unsuccessful. Crashing and hitting walls was more likely!

I took it outside thinking that I might get a better handle on it but it was a lot scarier!

I flew for about 2 minutes around our condos and for a minute it look like it was going to get stuck on one of the roofs or a tree. If finally hit a branch and came crashing down.

Did I mention that this drone is more of a toy, than an actual Drone?

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The one I purchased was the JJRC H37 ELFIE (US$50), a mini-quadcopter that uses WiFI to connect to your smartphone in order to control it.

I was so nervous but I was able to manage to hit the shutter a couple of times to get some photos.

It only has a 0.3MP camera that also do 480 video. In other words not photography worthy!

In reality, I did not buy this to get award-winning photos/videos. I bought it so I can learn how to fly drones.

The experience has NOT been stellar.

Did the drone survive the crash? I can tell you, it's pretty resilient!

I am planning to go to a close-by park to do some more training as soon as the weather starts to get better, so I will keep you posted.