Keeping Photography Fun -- How do YOU do it? What do you shoot?
Posted 02 March 2012 - 05:50 PM
The other day I did a shoot purely for the fun. No pressure to succeed (well, maybe there was a little of that, haha). The process itself was refreshing and invigorating, no matter the results.
How do you keep photography interesting and fun? Do you shoot outside of the people category? Street photography, scenics, macro closeups? Self portraits? Care to show some of your non-portrait work?
So tell me, show me, how do you do it?
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Posted 02 March 2012 - 06:10 PM
I only shoot professionally for those I like
otherwise - just for me...
My design business & photo library brings in the income
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Posted 02 March 2012 - 06:12 PM
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Posted 02 March 2012 - 06:47 PM
I focus mainly on my art photography these days and I only take a handful of paid clients.
Holgas may be frustrating as all get out but they are never boring and always fun
Posted 02 March 2012 - 08:31 PM
I also, just go street walking when I can, look for different angles, viewpoints, and shoot from the hip. Travel is the best, it is what I enjoy the most, but I'm sure that is because it is for enjoyment and for me and no one else.
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Posted 02 March 2012 - 08:42 PM
And even if they don't want their picture taken, I laugh at the outtakes...
And when I get a photo that I just love, it's totally worth it!
Thanks for posting this, Eddie. As much as I've been buried in the prepro "rules" lately, this is a good reminder to keep it fun.
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Posted 02 March 2012 - 10:47 PM
I also take the time to do 1-2 conceptual shoots a month. Find a model and do a TFP situation where I can set up everything myself.
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Posted 03 March 2012 - 04:52 AM
I'm doing the weekly photo challenge this year, having done 52 photos last year and the 365 project the year before that.
I don't take it too seriously and don't worry if I don't achieve technical perfection, but I experiment and mess around with ideas. Or just do snapshots sometimes.
Posted 03 March 2012 - 06:11 AM
Posted 03 March 2012 - 02:02 PM
I stopped comparing my work to others.
I am constantly writing down ideas and half of the time executing it
I am always trying to push myself creatively and technically so I don't get bored and am always challenged.
I take small breaks from my camera so I can get rejuvenated.
Honestly, my personal work and my business work is so much fun now because of the above.
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Posted 03 March 2012 - 07:14 PM
But, other than that, I still need some help sometimes. I don't shoot nearly as much for fun as I used to. I have lots of grand plans to join in all kinds of photo projects, but most of the time, I never participate.
I am hoping it is just a late winter slump. I am sure some warmer weather and some sign of greenery will re-energize me!
Posted 04 March 2012 - 07:13 AM
I am finding that macro photography is fun. It would probably be more fun if I had a real macro lens, but that will come, in time. Flowers and bugs and such stand still, they don't complain about heat or the cold or get tired of me! They make learning fun because they are cooperative subjects!
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