In Denver we are getting our first taste of winter today, so it seemed fitting to have a reminder of warmer weather.
I have had a nice long break to collect my thoughts and have some rest from weekly posting. I was feeling a lot of pressure from the constant cycle of shoot/edit/post, with editing being the challenge as I would frequently do all three in one day.
What I want to try now is to leave a buffer between the shooting and editing stages so that I can have more of an objective view when selecting which photos to process. We all struggle with liking a photo because it’s good versus like a photo because we can remember how we felt at the time of capture. For example, these photos are from three months ago. We will see how this goes.
One year ago I started this project to reconnect with photography. In the beginning, my goal was to post weekly, while staying focused on photography (rather than the equipment). While there have been distractions, the marathon of shooting regularly for a year has helped me to build skills, build confidence and has helped me begin to see my creative direction. For this next year I plan to continue posting weekly, while honing my skills and learning to see creatively.
As I am getting back into the swing of things, I am having to cover a lot of old ground. Like pushing my self to be creative, to even pick up the camera. I have lost some of the self confidence I had only a six months ago.
I get a block if I feel like I am going to shoot something that has been done before, like it won’t be real if I am not creating something completely unique. I have to remind my self that it doesn’t matter if someone else has something that looks similar, it is creating that is the point.
Sometimes start to shoot something then I stop and think, “no, that’s dumb”. I am so close, all I have to do is actuate the shutter. But I get a creative block, and I have to remind my self that it doesn’t matter what other people think.
Mostly though what I have to remind my self is to get out and shoot. I will never shoot anything good while just sitting around.
What is your intention when you take a photo?
What idea are you trying to convey, and how do you translate your thoughts into an image?
How do you take what you see with your eyes and make your camera see the same thing?