I’m told that during his career, Magic Johnson would spend the off-season practicing whatever skill had the lowest success percentage in the previous season. For a man of Magic’s ability, that often meant practicing something at which he was successful only 98% of the time, but the point was to keep improving.
Even if I had a 98% free throw percentage, the information would be of little value to me as a photographer. My learning curve takes strange turns when, in the midst of a shoot, I’m asked to do something I don’t know how to do. A couple of weeks ago I blogged about photographing the Madrigali singers. The group shots were challenging enough, but they also asked for some close-ups of costume elements that might be iconic for their CD cover or promotional materials. Unprepared and inexperienced, I grabbed some evenly lit snapshots, as shown here. Now I know what I’ll be doing in the off-season, and next time, I will have practiced arranging and lighting such things.