When I was a young man I played basketball for my high school team. My takeaway from the experience was that I learned how to practice in order to achieve better results. I practiced the release for my jump shot over a thousand times a day, every day. It hurt and was boring, but it was necessary if I wanted to improve. I gave up playing in pickup games in order to get my practice in. I went from not having a jump shot, to having a damn good one, but it took a long time. The same principle applies to photography. I practice the things I need to master so that when need arises I can capture the moment. The shot below is a practice shot. I shot 40 of these today.
I took a break from work to grab a quick lunch and practice a steady hand-held shot. I picked a target and fired bursts of five shots each. the goal was to produce same image each time. I would stop at a traffic light, point, and then shoot five shots. My subjects were boring, but that was not important. I wanted five shots without movement. In this case, I was 4 of 5. The first shot was significantly different than the last four. Most other shots were a mixed result.
Acquiring this this skill will help when I try to capture handheld HDR shots. I’ve ruined countless attempted HDR shots so far. To improve, all I need do is practice. It works for everything.