Design, Photography, & Fashion

Conclusion: Be Present on Your Journey

Jimmy Chin

Lesson time 3:51 min

Jimmy wraps up his MasterClass with a few encouraging words on the importance of valuing the process over the final achievement, living in the moment, and pursuing your passion.

Jimmy Chin
Teaches Adventure Photography
National Geographic photographer teaches his techniques for planning, capturing, and editing breathtaking photos.
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For much of my career, I was chasing the achievement. I was chasing the biggest climb, the biggest ski descent, the biggest job. And oftentimes when I got there, that moment of feeling the reward or feeling the achievement was really fleeting. And there was always kind of this downside on it. You know, after a big expedition, I remember-- after skiing Everest-- there was this huge high. And then you kind of dropped off the back end of it. And the way I dealt with it was that I was planning the next big thing. What I've realized over the years is that there's always going to be the next big thing. And you can chase it endlessly. But the realization is that the best moments are when you are in the process of moving towards that achievement. It was the moment where you were in the trenches, where you were in the work. What you come away with from that is that, you know, we play so much on the achievement and less so on the work, and the moments when you're fighting your way there. I think it's important to recognize that. You know, you can chase achievements like you can chase money, you know. It's like it will never be enough. But if you embrace the process of getting there and find that as your award, then you're in a really good place. And I think for me, that's the best place that I've found. Which ultimately means that, you know, you need to set goals, but you also really need to appreciate being in the moment, being present with what you're doing. You know, once I kind of shifted my gaze towards that idea, it really helped me, you know, be focused on the work, which at the end of the day is what's important. Now that you've finished my MasterClass, I wanted to thank you for taking the time to join me. I hope you can leave here with a new perspective on your work, on photography, and have some new practical skills that you can apply to your work. And I think if you find something, like photography, that gives you meaning and purpose, you should consider yourself lucky. My good friend Jon Krakauer once told me that there are two great risks in life-- risking too much and risking too little. And I've always thought that we spend a lot of time focusing on risking too much. But if you found something that you're passionate about, that is the place to take the risks. So have fun out there. Enjoy the process. And good luck.

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Jimmy Chin has built his career taking photos at the top of the world, earning him the cover of National Geographic and multiple awards. Now he’s taking you on location to teach you techniques for capturing breathtaking shots. In his photography class, learn different creative approaches for commercial shoots, editorial spreads, and passion projects. Gather the gear—and the perspective—to bring your photography to new heights.


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Thanks Jimmy for your awesome classes! You're an inspiration and one day I'll meet you for sure! See you then

Loved it. Inspiring, useful and down to earth.

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This masterclass gave me extra layers, inspiration and food for thought. Surely I am not a professional photographer but always trying to advance.


Sudev M.

I wish the class just continued, incredible! The class motivates me to persist and get better at photography, Jimmy brought out a lot of great learning moments, thank you

Ticiana N.

Just loved it all - classes, teachings, subjects. It went way beyond my expectations. And with this ending, I feel very, very inspired. Thanks!

Deann D.

Incredible Class!! This class alone was worth the cost of the entire Master Class Annual subscription. Thank you!

Peter S.

Pretty much all of these classes are completely Worthless. I came into the MasterClass with a lot of questions and expectations. Should I get a teleconverter lens? Tell me in your 20 classes many scenarios that you use different lenses. Tell me why this f-stop is preferable. What are the settings of your national geographic photos? What are ideal combinations of f-stop, Iso and aperture to get proper photos outside vs inside. Midday vs night time, etc. Jimmy Chin ends up talking about things like "you need to allow yourself to fail." Yea, no kidding, I already learn those lessons everyday in my own life and my own career. This is a waste of money. I literally learned more about photography from the first 5 minutes from ANY YOUTUBE VIDEO or from the first five minutes of any photography book or the first 5 minutes from taking a photography class. He just wastes your time telling you stories about when he was a kid, waiting tables, working for his mentors, how Conrad is his best friend, etc, etc, etc.

A fellow student

Well spoken, inspiring, philosophical, and incredibly modest for a person his caliber. Fascinating life story.

Faris A.

i really didnt want this to end i wish if it was longer, anyway its a great class and im glad that i invested in it, its certainly gonna push me to take me game to a whole new level. thank you Jimmy , this is Faris your predecessor


What a wonderful class! Thanks Jimmy. It's been so inspiring to watch. And it was taught with so much clarity. Made me think about my creative journey so far, and what I will do next. Thank you for your candour and your passion.

Thom A.

I've watched several Masterclasses and this was the best one. Jimmy gave practical, hands-on advice on how he creates photographs. It was well balanced in terms of his philosophy and techniques. Thanks Jimmy, for sharing your passion with us in a meaningful way.

Ewfilm E.

As a videomaker I'm also passionate about image and shooting pictures. With Jimmy it was a nice adventure, and his advice about shooting, pre&post-production & career are really excellent. I really enjoyed the Masterclass !


Loved this class! I really enjoyed the 20 chapters. Jimmy is such a great storyteller, so honest and real. I learned a lot from his experience and I am trully inspired rigth now!!! Thanksssss