The series premier featured an amateur photographer who dreamed of being a sports photographer. She was given two weeks of intense training and then was given an assignment by sports giant ESPN. If they liked her work, they were going to offer her a job.
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My one attempt at sports photography.
Second, photographic vision is key. If you don't have vision you don't have a great photograph. You have to know what you want to create prior to creating it. The person in the show who was attempting to become a sports photographer really lacked vision. She seemed to rely heavily on volume and luck. However, she had a moment of vision and made the photograph happen. That one photograph would change her life, because ESPN loved it and offered her a job.
Third, the Decisive Moment is also key. A fraction of a second can be the difference between a good image and an amazing image. You have to be ready. You have to anticipate.
Fourth, it is good to have good luck. One great photograph seen by the right person can change your life.