When it comes to dealing with anger, I’m the last person to really ask about it, mostly because I’m the first to fuss & grunt when things don’t work. I mean, the easiest thing to say is to not let the sun go down on your anger (Ephesians 4:26-27), but, truthfully, it’s the best thing if you’re angry with someone. When it comes to photography, the best thing is to take a breather…stop what you’re doing, take deep breaths, and look at what got you ticked off in the first place. If you can, try it (the shot) again while trying not to do what got you angry in the first place and, if not, switch to a different subject and work on that to get your mind off what got you angry in the first place.
Photography, of all of the arts, is most like Math. Now before you go raving & ranting that I’ve lost my marbles and/or fallen of my rocker, let me explain what I mean. The two are much alike because they are both really tough, can get us frustrated when they don’t work, and can lead to headaches when faced with failure…And it’s been scientifically proven that math can cause headaches! Despite how silly this must sound to anyone reading this, I’m being dead serious…Photography & Math are similar in how easily they can make us angry.
Thinking back on this topic, and the last, somewhat silly, paragraph, it’s easy to get angry and even easier to get angrier as time passes by. The trick to to stop, drop & learn and what I mean by that is this: 1) stop & pause what you’re doing, 2) drop your anger by trying to do something else or figure out what exactly it is that made you angry to begin with, and 3) at least try to learn from mistakes by making an attempt to try a different approach.