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It’s important, as a photographer, to keep moving forward. To keep pushing into new areas and experimenting. Diversity is the key. It’s the same for any art form really.
I have mostly been a nature photographer. For the longest time, that is pretty much all I wanted to do. Leave me alone, away from people, and I’m happy. And there is nothing wrong with that. But after a while, you can easily get into a rut.
I’ve met many people along the way who stick to one genre, and that’s it. If they are nature guys, they never do portraits. If they are portrait folks, they never spent a second in the brush. That just doesn’t work for me.
If you find yourself in a rut, theres quite a few things you can try.
- Put the camera down, and pick up a small point and shoot, or better yet a camera phone. Try to make a picture out of the most mundane stuff around you
- If you shoot primarily studio portraits, head into the field with a model and some reflectors at golden light, and nothing else. See what happens
- Take your camera to a concert. Think you’re good with capturing birds in the wild? They have nothing on a sweating guitarist jumping around stage.
- When all else fails, it’s ok to put the camera down. I took a pretty long sabbatical from photography for most of 2007. And you know what? After picking it back up a couple months ago I feel I am doing some of my best work…ever. Honestly, right now I feel I am on a serious upswing.
The important thing to remember is keep moving. And most importantly, have fun.Share on Facebook