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.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Jimmy's masterclass is excellent. It has inspired me to think on a much bigger scale, unleash my passion and dive in with everything I've got. I feel a sense of excitement now. This masterclass provided great mentorship!

I would love to see the final edited photos, and the ones chosen for publishing.

This Masterclass helped me in improving my storytelling in photography, and being more brave in thinking what will i do next. Thank you.

though i am not an adventure photographer I found Jimmy's life info very interesting and is transferable to all forms of not only photography but life dreams and ambitions have to want it be prepared years of this dedication too be ready when that "break" comes and being able to recognize that does come in whatever form and putting your whole self into it and enjoy the ride thanks Jimmy.



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

Stuart R.

5 Stars. As I stated earlier, this class was superb. Each lesson not only shared important, and useful, information, but I applaud Jimmy for delivering all his insights, experiences, and advice with great clarity, simplicity, brevity, and humanity. His conclusion also beautifully mirrored another person I greatly admired, namely, the late Coach John Wooden. He too emphasized how the greatest joy comes from the journey - especially when it is something for which you have great enthusiasm. In addition, I embraced Jimmy's concluding remarks about how important mentors are (e.g., Galen Rowell, Conrad Anker) and how much they helped shape his life's work. Thank you Jimmy, and the entire crew, for creating this MasterClass.


These were words I have been needing to hear! Thank you for being someone that could get the message to me in a way that made me really get it!

Fatima W.

I am touched by your last message, I enjoyed every second of this master class, thank you

Tawny Gwynne E.

Wow! I am motivated now more than ever to really pursue my passion in photography. Jimmy Chin talking about his journey and commitment to the craft inspires me just take the leap and go for it. Thanks for the knowledge you shared, Jimmy Chin!

Nabila G.

Great class, I love it. I am starting to be interested by photography and listening to Jimmy Chin talking about his path is really inspiring.

Yucel Y.

Jimmy's passion shines thru and is held as the candle lighting his journey through photography and endless streams of beautiful and remote mountains. Congrats on following your passions.