Sunday reflections 9-4-16

September 04, 2016  •  2 Comments

Today I have realized that no matter how long you have done something like photography it is easy to lose your way and your vision.  Sometimes you let things influence you that are not important or get distracted by insignificant obstacles.  Lately, I have allowed this to happen and had lost my way.  I still had the vision of where I wanted to be, however, I was lost in the woods, so to speak.  Wandering aimlessly without direction.  

Some of the distractions can be intensified with online drama caused by people who wish to bring others down rather than help.  When looking closer at those types they don't even want to help themselves as they believe they are at the top of their game (which is often far from the truth).  This becomes even more of a challenge for me because I love both photography and the interaction with other photographers.  

I have let my own photography take a back seat to many issues that are trivial.  I have let my writing articles to the blog go unfinished.  I have put off working on getting some tutorials and videos done.  I know that sounds like a lot of "irons in the fire" but it would not have been had I not procrastinated and let my plan drift off in the fog.  

Many long time photographers don't believe they can learn from the so-called "newbie", but I am here to say that we can learn from them.  Many of those "newbies" have the drive and passion (at least in the beginning) to go out every day and take photos, to dream up new challenges and ways to hone their craft.  Then they, like me recently, lose their way.  It can often be due to many things distractions, lack of support and assistance from experienced photographers, professionals bashing the "newbie" wanting to break into the business.  

Here are some tips that I have found that may help.

  • Use social media but don't let it control your day
  • Take advice from others with a questioning mind.  Many are trying to help but it may not be good information.  Check other sources or find those people you really trust, with proven knowledge.
  • Don't let the little things control your day.  
  • Get out and take photos.

I would be happy to hear your thoughts on what keeps you going and inspired.  



Just like at "real work" a photographer can often make best use of available resources by implementing a schedule. Yep, get out the DayTimer or other daily calendar, and break out by day and hour what your schedule is. Writing a blog: Monday 8-10 topic selection and write an outline; Tuesday 3-5 rough draft of the paragraphs; Thursday 2-5 print a copy and polish the draft using pencil on paper; Friday 8-8:30 print out and final reading by your proof reader/editor and make final corrections; blog is finished and ready to publish. Tutorial on shooting animals in a zoo: Monday 1-3 research the topic; Tuesday 8-2 go to the zoo and shoot, making copious notes; Wednesday --- etc, you get the idea. Slot a time for everything and be brutal about making deadlines - just like your boss expects at a "real" job. Being a professional photographer IS a real job!
Hi, Clay...thanks for the encouragement. I have had many things recently which have hindered my photography and photographic projects. I admire your skill and motivation. Have a great weekend! Brian
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