It is true what they say that fear has big eyes. We are afraid to step on a rake, make mistakes and get negative experiences: bad shots, dissatisfied clients, dissatisfaction with ourselves. Nobody wants to face this. Recently I had just such a shoot. I do not delegate responsibility: there were jambs both on my part and on the part of customers. The models did not listen to the recommendations on clothing at all (which they themselves were dissatisfied with later), were strongly clamped, and one of the filmed ones even gave out the emotion “why did I come here?” In some places. As a result, I didn’t manage to find the right key to each person, and I also didn’t work well in one of the locations. As a result — mediocrity and discontent after.
As a result: this is one of those shoots that will not go anywhere, I have a bad aftertaste, people do too. Negative schedule. But there is no road without bumps, and I needed this shooting. Mistakes are worth making and here’s why it’s important, in three points.
1. Bad experiences are sobering
Negative experience in any manifestation is like a slap in the face, sobering. I am not even afraid of such a thesis that everyone needs it sooner or later. Even top photographers who make no mistakes. This is an occasion to look around, to remember who you are, where and why you are following this path.
As the St. Petersburg photographer Masha Pavlovskaya notes:
I observe how people often praise my not the best work out of inertia, as if keeping in mind that I am, in principle, a good photographer (I am, but I also have unsuccessful shootings). In a sense, I am grateful to those who dare to openly express their opinion, because it gives me the opportunity to maintain an objective picture of the world and self-perception …> this is not a sentence or a tragedy, but food for thought
Almost like a repetition at the end of a chapter in a school textbook: it’s time to remember everything once again, all the material, your path and yourself on it.
2. Support for the future
In psychology, it is generally accepted that there are no negative experiences. Any experience is an experience. Yes, even the case when you were fired a week after being hired. Such cases teach and give support in the future. You will already know what not to do.
Mistakes and blots during shooting are unpleasant, but they will teach. Experience teaches you to keep in mind as many details as possible, like a master waiter who carries 10 plates at once. And each of them is given the necessary attention, not one will fall.
The example with the waiter helps to put on the shelves specific failures on the set: those plates that eventually fell or, at least, staggered, are the ones worth paying attention to. Poor lighting? So, you need to immerse yourself in working with him again. Didn’t reveal the person? Remember everything you read about working with people in front of the camera. Bad poses? Time to once again go through the layouts of the person in the frame. Experience works for us, updating what we already know, and bringing to a more perfect look the leaky areas that we for some reason forgot about.
3. New ways, improvement
Evolutionary theorists argue that the brain pays special attention to what catches us off guard so that we are better prepared to interact with the outside world next time. The human brain even has a kind of built-in novelty detector, a region of the brain that generates chemical signals that stimulate memory when something new and unusual happens. …> We all have to learn the hard way from time to time, and our brains record it so we remember what we learned. Such lessons are hard to forget. This is a difficult, but effective and necessary way of development.
Mag Jay, American psychologist
An error in work will become a motivation to come up with new approaches and ways of development in this matter. Negative experiences will become a marker of what to avoid. Ultimately, this will lead to a better version of yourself. Every experience is based on this.
Mag Jay also notes: “People who are characterized by the so-called developmental mindset are convinced that a person can change and success is an achievable quantity. Perhaps not everyone can conquer the highest peaks, but within certain limits a person can learn and develop. People with an evolving mindset are also sometimes sensitive to failure, but they see it as an opportunity for growth and change.”
By starting with a mistake, you can upgrade the specific skill that failed you in the first place. Let the negative moments happen earlier, because this way you can learn from them faster.