Isn’t it weird – taking photos I mean? Being on your own with a camera, and then maybe sitting on your own in front of a computer, wondering if it’s all going to come out OK.
What about the photographs though? Some of the images you take can be studied in advance, and oftentimes you are looking for the problems, even before they arrive, almost as a justification for them being ‘not good enough’. You blame equipment, light, software – you are full of excuses.
Photographers need to sometimes empty themselves of preconceptions, and think of every new image as a potential passionate affair – something that you can throw yourself into with scant regard for anything, or anyone, else.
Focus on the part of the image that you like the most, shoot what you like the best. You might not always know what the end result is going to be – things will develop, and that is as it should be – relish the challenge.
Don’t even think sometimes, just respond to what’s in front of you – look for the spirit of the scene.
Imagination can be harder than you think, but if you try too hard, then it might not come to you. Sometimes, you feel you have been bold, imaginative, experimental. You’ve really tried to see and do things in different ways. It still didn’t work. You’ve tried too hard.
So, look in the dark places, in the shadows – look where you normally don’t look, see what’s in there that you’ve not noticed before.
Photography isn’t always about what you put in, it’s about your ability to take things out – don’t be afraid to destroy your image in the edit process (you can always come back to the original) – take risks – and be brave enough to find out just how little you need.
You can get to the point in an edit where you can see it’s almost done – you see the end result, but sometimes continue to push on and on – till it’s over done – over processed – be aware of the point that can make or break the picture.
Now, look at what you have made – maybe it’s not all right, not all you hoped it would be – but don’t be too self critical – be proud that you got as far as you did…..
Keep being surprised.