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Will a Yo-Yo Work in Space? And what it means to you as a pro photographer…

Will a Yo-Yo work in space?

My thought was no.

A Yo-Yo works by the gravity and you forcing the rotation on it.

But I was wrong.

So what happens with a Yo-Yo in zero gravity and what does it mean for you as a pro photographer?

Actually a Yo-Yo works extremely well in space.

Astronaut David Griggs did experiments with a Yo-Yo and it’s since been a YouTube classic

You would think that you would need gravity to make a Yo-Yo work.

But in actuality – in zero gravity all the tricks can be done slower.

Complex Yo-Yo tricks – such as the “flying saucer” where you spin the Yo-Yo on it’s side straight ahead…

And tricks such as the “shooting star” – where the Yo-Yo zips back at you while you simultaneously flip it straight in the air…

These are tricks that are mind boggling when seen on earth.

It takes a lot of practice.

But with out gravity – and in space… you can do all these tricks with ease.

In fact, with no gravity – speed isn’t really an issue.

So you can actually start a trick – and if you make a mistake – you can make an adjustment as the Yo-Yo is in mid flight.

With gravity – speed is key. Because you have to do the tricks fast enough to overcome the downward force.

In space? You don’t have to worry about that.

Ok… so here’s the point of all of this.

Spend some time in zero gravity.

For me as a working pro photographer?

Life is on earth.

It’s very real.

Don’t get me wrong… it’s way cool.

But I have to worry about deadlines. I have to worry about time lines.

And by the way – that is another article for another day.

A deadline is when you need to get things done. A time line is HOW you get those things done.

But I have to worry about that.

And I have to worry about sunsets. When I need to shoot. I have to worry about the person I’m shooting – and whether they will be cooperative with my vision.

Or maybe you’re a part-time pro.

You still have challenges.

Maybe you have to balance your ‘bread and butter’ job. You have to balance your family life. And you still have to build your craft and do your photo shoots.

Does this all sounds familiar?

Then relax and spend some time in zero gravity.

Spend time working your photography without the pressure of gravity – that is all the day to day struggles and the pressure of being on a photo shoot… “a job.”

Why is it that it’s so normal when a pro athlete says they need to train – but it’s so unusual to ever hear of a pro photographer going out to practice?

I make it a point to train.

I think it’s a disservice to your paying clients when you don’t.

I take a “trick” that I can’t do with ease… and I practice it in “zero gravity.”

Before I can make a bride and groom look STUNNING in a sunset…

I have to know how to make a soda can look “stunning” in a backdrop of a sunset.

I can do that with ease in “zero gravity.”

With no pressure on me, I can take my time and learn to get it right.

So do it.

Spend time in zero gravity.

Take time and practice. Rejuvenate your love for photography… and amaze yourself in what you can do.

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