We Should Always be Shooting
We should always be shooting something. Sounds like a lot of work, but just think about the progress we can make. It is way too easy to sit back and wait, hope, or pray that a business opportunity comes out way. I hate to say it, but photography is not the Field of Dreams. If we build it, it probably won’t come. We need to be out there shooting. We need to be seen shooting. We need to show the world what we are shooting.
You see, as we shoot, we become better. It’s called progress. No one is a master photographer over-night. All though it seems we are master procrastinators at times. Progress is what we need to aim for. Having our images peer critiqued (scary at times) is important also. It will let us know where we are at in our craft. Plus, how can we be great at portraits if we can’t even expose a landscape? What good is a perfectly composed landscape when our portrait work reminds people of a $9.99 special from Walmart? There is so much for us to learn and master in our field. Shooting even when there isn’t a paying job will help prevent us from falling into a rut.
Progress is the key. Progress is happiness. Say it out-loud. Go for it. I won’t judge you (snickers mischievously…mmmm snickers). When someone tells you they see improvement in your work, how does it make you feel? Makes you feel great doesn’t it? Makes you happy.
To progress as photographers, we need to keep shooting. Stagnation will be a roadblock that can kill us creatively and also professionally. One of our greatest tragedies as photographers is when we stop shooting (also white vignettes and selective coloring…blog post for another time hehe). I know life gets in the way, but we need to make time to grow.
Look at photography like a muscle. If you don’t use a muscle it will atrophy and eventually die. We need to work this muscle out. It needs exercise. Our creativity needs to soar amongst the stars or else it will die. We have this need as creative types to fulfill this inner primal part of us that screams for excitement and that perfect exposure. I know we need inspiration at times. You know what, inspiration has never left us. We never lost inspiration, we lost our curiosity. So to prevent our creative death (I can be so dramatic), is to keep shooting. We need to constantly be curious. Let curiosity lead us on new adventures. What are you afraid of?
Finally, (Will this post ever end…), don’t let your creativity die. Keep moving forward. Follow your curiosity. Don’t let excuses hold you back. Don’t stop shooting. Don’t lose your curiosity. Be true to yourself and keep shooting.