Tips For Experimenting on Personal Shoots the Right Way (NSFW)

I am a firm believer that personal creative shoots are key to photographers growing and pushing themselves forward with their skills. The key to getting better isn’t buying more expensive equipment or binge watching online tutorials. It is getting out there, getting your hands dirty, and using the equipment you have to get the image you see in your mind through trial and error. You can experiment here and there in a shoot for a client, but you still must produce the images the client is after, so too much experimentation during a paid shoot is not a great idea. For this reason, starting a personal project, or scheduling a trade shoot with another local creative is almost always the better option. During a personal creative shoot, you have the entire shoot to experiment with every aspect of your image, and you don’t have to worry about screwing up – you can plan on screwing up.

However, there are good ways and bad ways to experiment, and if you want to get the most out of your personal creative shoots, be that better images or more experience, then you should make sure and consider the following things when planning it out. Continue reading…