<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/bruce_l_snell/6078399414/" title="P3188758 - V2 by brucelsnell, on Flickr">"500" height="333" alt="P3188758 - V2"></a> I think one of the hardest things to learn as a photographer is patience. There seems to be a common belief among non-photographers that when pros are out shooting they are constantly bombarded with crazy/cool photo ops. I think that mindset also comes into the art form with new photographers. They believe they must have every lens and be ready for anything, because anything could happen at any moment! Well, after over 20 years as a pro (and now happily retired) I can say with complete confidence that it simply ain't so. Great shots come from knowing your subject, knowing your gear (simple is better) and a big dose of patience. I was in Belize about a year and a half ago shooting a documentary series for my church. During one of our trips to rural schools in the area, we witnessed the most beautiful blue classrooms. While the others in our group were walking about the area, I slipped away to shoot one of these brightly colored buildings. I found a composition that worked with the door, window and stripes. At this point I could have snapped the shutter, but I wanted something in the frame to add interest. The teacher was moving around, gesturing to the students so I waited for him to enter the opening in the doorway. He stood in the "target" spot maybe two or three times. Now I wanted a gesture, so I waited. My patience paid off and I was able to shoot a frame of the teacher in the doorway frame in a pleasing silhouette. Patience is the key. Next time you view a photograph of an awesome moment, know that the photographer probably didn't just happen upon this great scene, but had planned ahead, staked out a position and waited for the right moment to click the shutter.