Staying focus has no harm but lots of benefits. In school, we are always reminded to stay focus in lessons. Because if we don’t, we will not understand what teachers had taught, we will not do well in tests.
In Buddhism, one of the main teachings is meditation. In order to be free from delusions and attachments, we must first train our concentration. By meditation, we train our concentration.
In photography, it is also important to stay focus while taking photos. I mean if you really want to improve instead of just having fun or for memory sake (eg. gatherings/reunions).
There was one period of time where I was addicted in video editing. I tried to combine both photography and video together. That explains those videos in my YouTube channel where I either do a POV or have someone following and video-ing me.
I realised when I did that, I focused on the ‘story’ of the videos instead of how to compose my photos well. Like I needed to take care of whether my ‘GoPro’ would run out of battery, how to make the battery lasts longer and to withstand the additional weight.
With something else to worry, I did not focus on looking for opportunistic shots. So, one day, I decided to do less video. Perhaps one video once a month or every few months. Let’s be honest, I am not a Youtuber, I don’t have any viewers that are dependent on my videos for entertainment. Why should I forgo my enjoyment for the sake of doing videos often?
Video is fun, I really like editing them. But I prefer to enjoy my phototaking, enjoy the click, think of my composition, be focus to conquer my fear, and look for subjects.
Last week, I went out with only one film camera and one film. Being focus, I was very in the zone. I felt so happy and relieved.
I am sure there are many articles out there to encourage people to just focus on one particular niche. Because if you have too many things on hands, you cannot master anything in depth.
So, focus on one and excel in it.