We all have reasons to get out of practicing, but it’s never a good idea to stop altogether. Once you stop shooting regularly, even your basic skills can start to atrophy. And while shooting every day can sound like a daunting task, people have asked me why it’s important to do this as a photographer. It’s important because it helps keep your fundamentals grounded. It also serves to keep your eyes active and always looking for new inspiration. There’s so many reasons to shoot every day, but rather than bore you with a laundry list of words, here are 3 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.
When taking pictures, we can talk about composition, the rule of thirds, lighting, and deconstruct literally every element of a photo until the end of time. At the end of the day though, when we are taking pictures – success comes when you can garner emotion from the viewer. So, the question you should be asking when taking photos is whether or not the scene will have an emotional impact. It doesn’t matter where that emotional impact comes from…it can be external (other people who see your photo), personal (elicits an emotional impact for yo), or a combination of both.
The point is that pictures should have meaning whether personal or for those whom you share it with. An event photographer should be able to capture the emotions of the event so that attendees can connect with the images. A portrait photographer should be able to capture the emotion of their subject. A landscape photographer needs to induce emotion from the scenery they encounter. Similar sentiments hold for every genre out there, wildlife photographers, street photographers, architecture, product, pet photography and more. Some genres can be more challenging than others, but the end goal is to capture the viewers emotion.
With that in mind, here’s just a few photos to give you some creative guidance in a couple genres that I’ve worked in and around over the course of the last decade. Have a great weekend and keep on shooting!
Just another moment in time, but this serves to illustrate that the art of photography is a combination of a number of things. While the litany of “things” that encompass what truly makes an image good versus boring is open to conjecture, I would propose a short list of the following: Read more