The little moments you capture (And how they make you a better photographer)
Like a lot of people at the onset of their photographic journey, I too fell into the common pitfalls (read:excuses) as to why I wasn’t taking/making better photographs. My first camera experience came in the form of a circa 1970’s Canon AE-1 with a few lenses that was gifted to me from my grandparents. My fall back with this was, of course, that it shot 35mm and I couldn’t possibly shoot a whole lot with that, and waiting for development unfortunately meant I couldn’t always be shooting. As a very nice Christmas gift that same year, my parents got me a Nikon S550. This little 3x zoom point-and-shoot was small enough to go with me everywhere, so I did the most sensible thing I could and attached it to my big clunky camera bag with the film camera and only brought it when I was intentionally out to take photos.
Now, don’t get it twisted, there is an incredible value in making “photography time” a priority. It’s what, you know, makes you..a..photographer… However, if you only allow yourself to take and make images when you intend to, you are really missing out on about 86,400 opportunities to make yourself a better photographer. (Spoiler alert: if you draw, paint, write, etc. and somehow stumbled upon this article, welcome! This applies to you too.)
Our creative minds as humans are often thought of in the form of gifts: some people are born with them and some are not. False! Truth be told, they are far more akin to a muscle, in the sense that working out will make us stronger. The more time we spend looking at the world through our creative lens, the more creativity becomes our natural state.
Imagine this: What would happen if you did 5 pushups every time you got up from your desk? Would you get stronger?
Would physical activity become a more “normal” part of your routine? You bet it would.
And if you were to scale that up, 10 pushups, 20 pushups… Would it be pretty rewarding to have done 100 pushups in a day, seemingly effortlessly?
Now, what if we applied that to your photography? What if every time you went outside, you took time to notice the little details and patterns around you, and capture them?
What if you made it a priority to take ten photos everyday? If you are reading this, you have a phone with you, right now. That phone has a camera on it. Although it has become almost cliche to say the best camera is the one that is with you, if you have a camera with you, you have the ability to create photographs.
Exercise your mind; exercise your creativity. The little moments you stop to capture now may not amount to much in your portfolio, but they will undoubtedly increase your ability to “see” on set and repeatedly impress your clients with you vision.
Oh, you don’t think you have “vision” yet?
Take out your camera phone….