This weeks theme is, Just Shoot!
I think when your new to photography you get so caught up in all the technical aspects that you forget to just shoot. Atleast I did and still do in fact. I know that I usually think too much about a shot instead of just taking it, does this happen to you? I walk down the street, see a seen that I think may look good but then take too long questioning will it be good or not and then the moment just passes me by. This really stood out when I was shooting film, as film costs money for every shot you take. I would question it more because i didn't want to "waste" money. The one downside to film vs digital. I get over this by putting down the film camera for abit and picking back up the digital were I don’t have to worry about “wasting” shots(money). At the end of the day no one has a perfect hit ratio, not even the masters. Don’t worry about wasting shots just don’t keep wasting them the same way!
Just don’t over think the shot. If you stop at a scene, then take the damn picture. For some reason out of all the world your eyes and brain could see it said stop and look at that part of it, it may turn out bad but more often than not it will work out because you GUT is usually right. Things happen so fast on the street that you just don’t have time to be standing around questioning whether you should make the shot or not.
Another thing I do to make sure I am always shooting is to carry a camera with me at all times. For me I always have my Ricoh GR in my pocket no matter where I am or what I’m doing. And the amount of times I have been glad I had it on me is numerous. Now you don’t have to be carrying a “camera” do you have a smart phone? I’m guessing you do as most people have smartphones with decent cameras on these days and they can produce great results. So just use that as it’s always in your pocket. The main thing is to just have a camera on you at all times and then remember it’s there for when them moments just unfold in front of you.
Following on from that point is to make sure you have your camera ready to go at all times. There’s no good going through all the effort of carrying a camera with you at all times then having it stuffed at the bottom of your backpack, then a moment unfolds in front of you and your there fumbling around trying to get your camera ready to shoot! You’ll just miss the moment and feel like a fool in doing so. So for me I have a wrist strap on my Ricoh and have that strapped around my wrist. As the camera only takes a second to turn on and make the picture I usually just have it in my pocket if it’s cold out but it’s still in my hand and ready to go. If I’m out and about with my Nikon then I have a shoulder strap on so it can just hang down by my side and always be there ready to go. Little things like these have a massive difference in the amount you shoot. Try this tip alone if nothing else and you’ll be glad you did.
One thing I have started doing recently is setting a little target/idea before I go out to shoot. This makes it more fun and allows me to see things I may not have seen before. Especially when I'm shooting around where I live. Because I have walked around there a million times it can become stagnant and almost feel like there’s just nothing to photograph anymore. But setting an idea/ target like using leading Lines for a day or photographing just one colour. Doing this makes it fresh and spices things up again. It just gets you LOOKING more intensely which in turn makes you see more.
The main thing I’m trying to get across to you here if I’ve done a poor job of doing that already is to just shoot more. Take as many pictures as you can and as often as you can. You’ll have more fun and progress alot faster. That saying “your first 10,000 photos are shit” is true so just shoot that 10,000 really quick!
Don’t Follow Paths, Create Them!