Life Photography Thoughts

10,000 Hours

Re-dedicating myself to some of my favorite hobbies, starting with photography

For years I’ve collected hobbies—seemingly always finding a new one shortly after growing bored with the last one. But recently I realized just how much I’ve let two of my passions — photography and playing music, languish. So rather than let either fall by the wayside I’m throwing myself right back in the deep end. In his book Outliers, Malcom Gladwell suggested that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to master something. Here’s to the first few being knocked out.

Shooting with an SLR since 2005, I’ve taken a lot of photos over the years. Thanks to the wonders of editing RAW photos a lot of new life can be breathed into old photos. Now, rather than just jump back out shooting again it’s time to slow down and practice one part of photography that I’ve never been an expert in—editing. Teaching myself Adobe Lightroom has been pretty easy so far, and the results especially interesting with VSCO Film* added into the mix. There are still a lot of principles I don’t know yet, but I’m looking forward to learning.

*Special thanks to Jessica Zollman for the recommendation of VSCO Film!

Here are some shots from over the years that I’ve spent some time re-editing:

2005 – The Infinity Room, playing at University of Illinois
2010 – Volkswagon Bus at Pigeon Point Lighthouse
2005 – Daisies in my mother’s garden
2013 – My grandparents on Twin Peaks, San Francisco
2009 – Chicago, IL
2011 – Flatirons, Boulder, CO
2011 – Cabo San Lucas
2011 – Half Moon Bay

2012 – Dustin in Muir Woods
2009 – Brittany in St. Louis, MO
2012 – Dublin at home, Williamsville, IL
2012 – Ryan at Half Moon Bay, CA
2012 – Cabo San Lucas
2013 – Ross at Eden, Utah
2011 – Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA
2013 – Eden, Utah

Only 9,996 hours to go…

By Matt Galligan

Hi, I'm Matt. I’m a dad, a Midwesterner living on the East Coast, designer, craft beer & coffee lover, remote work evangelist, and GIF enthusiast.