By | October 26th, 2010|Photography, Fun, Philosophy|Comments Off on Enthusiasm

I love to be around people who are enthusiastic about something. Enthusiasm is infectious. The energy of an enthusiast isn’t drained by people around them, it’s magnified and reproduced. My friend Abby is one of these people, especially when it comes to photography. She always has a camera with her and uses it relentlessly.

Her output is prodigious, but it is also beautiful. That’s no coincidence. Quantity eventually creates quality. I don’t always agree with Malcom Gladwell, but I do like his idea in Outliers that huge amounts of repetition is where expertise comes from.

If you want to become better at something, do it a lot. And if you are having a hard time sustaining your interest, hang around enthusiasts so you will recharge a little from the excess energy they throw off.

Here is a photo Abby has won some awards for. That is Raleigh in the background, Alien Skin Software’s home.
Upside Down World

Another friend of ours, Drew Davidson, happened to take this shot of the making of the first one. Abby isn’t shy about involving strangers in her projects.
DREW WINS! (for taking this picture)

This also reminds me of Chase Jarvis’ saying that “The best camera is the one that’s with you.” I completely agree and I suspect Abby does too. She usually uses a DSLR, but this was taken with a Canon S90 she borrowed from a friend when she saw the photo opportunity.

About the Author:

Jeff Butterworth is the founder of Alien Skin Software. He used to create the products, but now he does marketing and gets coffee for the programmers.