waiting for the rain to come so I can deem it appropriate to watch lord of the rings all day
I got shit to do
Honestly I find myself at creative blockades a lot. Most of the time it’s because I have a vision, but I have to figure out a way to bring it to life.
Sometimes the best thing to do in these situations is to walk away for a little while and come back with fresh eyes. Just a change in perspective can give you the spark you need to take down a project.
Secondly, surround yourself with inspiring people. I have been doing this for some time now, and it’s completely changed me. My friends are the most inspiring people. The trick is, they have such a wide variety of talents. It’s really good to look for inspiration in things that have nothing to do with the problem at hand. This is how you create something that’s original and unique.
The last thing I’ll say, is that I watch a lot of online seminars and tutorials. I get a lot of good advice and inspiration from watching other people and what they do. Sometimes I watch things that aren’t exactly the type of work I’m doing, but they reap good advice or ideas. I watched a two hour long seminar on newborn photography. I have absolutely no interest in newborn photography, but during those two hours I learned about light, camera angles, and the importance of prepping your subject for a shoot before they even show up.
Don’t get frustrated, don’t give up, There are some great artists who take months, sometimes years to complete a project, but that doesn’t make them any less great. Make your art and believe in what you do, because you will make good art and you will make bad art. It’s all part of the process.
The most important thing, and something I still struggle with; focusing. Everyone wants to get that nice depth of field, where the background is out of focus but your subject is in focus. The 50mm f1.8 is obviously great for this. Unfortunately when you’re shooting 1.8, you have such a small plane of focus, the slightest movement can put those eyes out of focus and ruin a great photo. Don’t get discouraged if you have something out of focus, just recompose and shoot more.
The second thing I should tell you is to talk to your clients, make them comfortable. Try to get them to forget the camera is there. This way you are going to get the most natural poses. Sometimes the best shot is the one immediately before or after the shot you thought you were trying to get, so shoot a couple frames when you pose someone. Don’t let that camera down, or you’ll miss it!
Have fun, do your best, and never delete! Remember half the job is editing correctly, something might look not so nice on your camera, but end up being your favorite frame in post!
wait what do you mean bae doesn’t mean “burritos are everything”
I have a couple of photo questions waiting and I’ve got a big shoot tomorrow. If I don’t get time, I promise I’ll answer them on Sunday.
oh hey thank you