We all have reasons to get out of practicing, but it’s never a good idea to keep at the basics. Shooting every day can sound like a daunting task, and people have asked me why it’s important to do this as a photographer. So, I decided to create this handy article that highlights 3 reasons to shoot photography every day, and the importance of practice. So, without further ado, here are your three reasons to shoot photography every day:
1. Practice Makes Perfect
The first reason to shoot photography every day is because shooting more often will simply make you better! Whether you are starting out in the world of photography or you are an established professional, or even an active hobbyist, there are always things you can learn about your craft, whether it’s improving your vision, your composition, or even refining the controls you have over your gear. You really only can get there through lots and lots of practice. Someone once said that it takes 10,000 hours of practice before you can really consider yourself an expert in anything. Here I would say one caveat and that is to never think you are done learning – adopting that attitude will only blindside you downstream.
2. If You Don’t Use it, You Lose It
The second reason to shoot every day is because, whether you are an established pro, or a beginning novice, shooting is just like any other skill, whether it’s playing baseball, a musical instrument, or using Excel. If you don’t keep at it regularly, you can start to forget some of the nuances and unique elements associated with being proficient in your craft. The longer you go between sessions, the more of the fundamentals you may also tend to forget, and that ultimately just leads to deteriorating skill sets in any field.
3. Encourages Creativity
Finally, your last reason to shoot photography every day (at least in this article!) is because the more often you shoot, the more your eyes start to look at scenes in new ways. If you’ve shot pictures of the same bridge or park for 10 days, eventually, by sheer repetition, you’ll start to see the bridge (or park) in new ways and eventually, your eyes become trained to instinctively search for that new composition that you’ve not tried before. The more creative you are, the better your chances of creating compelling imagery.
There you have it, three reasons to shoot photography and taking pictures every day. For more tips, tricks, techniques and articles on improving your skills, feel free to peruse the archives for whatever happens to strike your interest. In the meantime, if you liked this article, let me know in the comments below! What did you like and why? What reasons can you think of for shooting every day? What about reasons not to shoot every day? Are there any cons to this practice? Let me know!
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