WHEN IT COMES TO MAKING IMAGES TOO MANY PREFER TO STAY IN THEIR COMFORT ZONE
I have found after years making images and after teaching hundreds of students that most people have a tendency to do what they know best. It could be landscapes, portraits, flowers, macro and close-up, birds, wildlife, architecture, and of course the list goes on.
I guess every one of us tries to improve on what we have been doing so we keep on doing what we have done before with an ultimate goal of perfection. That’s a great goal.
But you have to ask yourself if you are limiting what your talent can achieve by experimenting with other subjects besides the one you have chosen as goal.
I keep searching all the way back in image files, prints, negatives, and slides and it seems I have always been diverse in the subjects I photographed. Perhaps that makes me a photographer of opportunity but it has most certainly rounded out my abilities to shoot almost any subject and do a very good job of it. I am not patting myself on the back. I am saying how fortunate I am to have been confronted by situations that tested my skills. Haven’t you?
All I am saying is that if you are a photographer that concentrates on one subject; give your self a project. That project should be that for one month you will shoot what you love most to shoot. Then for one more month, make an image a day of a different kind of subject. So! Let’s say your are a landscape photographer. For one month shoot nothing but landscapes. Then the next month shoot buildings. Then for the next month do flowers, and on and on and on. End it all with Street Photography. Street photography is one of the most intimidating subjects. There are a great many photographers who are squeamish about being confronted or being told to get away. But after awhile you learn what a small smile, the tip of a hat, or “how are you today” can make a difference. Or you can run. You just have to figure out what challenges you are up to.
Last year we did the St.Patricks day parade in Old Town Alexandria. There was a lot going on. The students in that class were for the most part no Street Photographers. There were a couple of exceptions. But even with a couple of students who were proficient in getting the street image, the other students jumped to the challenge on got incredible images.
Sometimes all a person needs is a push or the comradely of others trying to learn the same thing.
Don’t miss out on challenging yourselves. You will be the better for it, as will the people who will admire the work you do.
I have the St.Patricks day field trip coming up in March. It is not on St. Patrick’s Day this year. Here is a link.
If you would like to see some of the work that was done last year by the students there is a link below:
AND HERE IS A LINK TO THE UPCOMING ONE DAY FIELD TRIPS -Now is the time to sign up. Just follow the registration links and thanks. THIS LINK WILL TAKE YOU TO ALTERNATIVE DATES FOR FIELD TRIPS I AM GIVING AT PHOTO CRAFT.