Bored with nothing really to do this weekend? Take a look at this list of projects that you can work on.
“The green reed which bends in the wind is stronger than the mighty oak which breaks in a storm.”
I know you’re like, “WTF” but hear me out. As photographers we have to be flexible. There are those who say they only shoot with prime lenses. There are those who only shoot mirrorless. Hell, there are those like me who swear by full frame sensors. They stick to this. They do not change. However, it does not have to be this way. The equipment we use for photography are tools. To both succeed and get better at this craft we have to adapt and change.
Not too long ago we talked about 5 Reasons Why Not to Become a Professional Photographer. This got me thinking, “what are the good reasons just to be a photographer?” I love photography. It’s changed my life for the better. A lot of people have cameras, but it’s not a passion for everyone. For those who do care, here are some reasons why you should be happy to be a photographer.
As working photographers, we want to see repeat customers. We want them to tell everyone they know that we did a good job, not just with the photo, but with interpersonal skills as well. With great images and a great personality comes great recommendations. When you are a working photographer, creating an image is just a part of the process.
Every photographer goes through it, but sometimes we are reluctant to admit it. The lack of creative productivity seems to come with equal doses of frustration and shame. Such feelings hardly leave us inspired to pick up the camera.
Some will feel further frustrated waiting for that elusive spark of inspiration to strike. But the truth of it is that she rarely pays a visit when you or I find ourselves in this muck of non-creativity.
The great artist, Chuck Close been quoted as saying, “Amateurs look for inspiration; the rest of us just get up and go to work.” His comments speaks to the truth of any creative effort which is that it’s often the work itself that draws us out inactivity and puts us into the heart of our expression and creativity.
Here are some tips for getting out and doing just that.
Want to take better portraits, but are just getting started? Here’s a quick roundup of 15 random tips to help you do that.