I love photography (as you’ve probably already figured out!), but even with my passion for photography, I can run into slumps. I can become unmotivated or uninspired. Life can even interfere with my photography—making hard to find time to get out to shoot. That’s why I PLAN time.
I need uninterrupted photography time in my schedule. It’s my getaway and it’s my inspiration. I don’t mean reading time or YouTube time/learning time, but actual-get out there and take some picture-time! It calms me and refocuses me on photography. I have to plan this time on a regular basis.
Even when I’m feeling so uninspired that I have no idea what or where I’m going to go to shoot, I still go out there and just start. Once I start pushing that shutter, I get into a zone and my creativity start flowing again. If you want to go anywhere with your photography, then regular time dedicated to photography is what is needed.
So, if you aren’t going out on a consistent schedule, I suggest you start making time for it. It’s worth it and will help you grow as a photographer.
A couple of years ago, while making photography goals for the new year, it was suggested by another photographer that I make monthly “trips” one of my goals. At first, I thought there was no way I could afford to make monthly photography trips. Then he explained that these “trips” don’t have to be huge expenditures.
He went on to elaborate. These adventures could all be within a 2 to 3 hour driving distance of home. It could be a way to get to explore my local area and yet make photography adventures at the same time. I have to admit, this distance was doable for me and yet for the most part, unexplored by me so far. I committed to this goal for that year and made twelve outings.
I looked for events & happenings within a 2 to 3 hour radius of my home. I found parks, animal sanctuaries and hiking trails. As a matter of fact, I found so many things that interested me that I’ve kept this goal as a goal still—3 years later.
I’d like to suggest you consider this as a photography goal for yourself. If you want to improve your photography, if you are bored with your current subject matter and are looking for some inspiration, this is a goal that can help you. Pack some meals, plan some excursions, charge your gear and head out! You’ll be amazed what you can find that is practically outside your back door.
Recently, I did a YouTube video about rotating your camera when you’re out shooting—that the best time to rotate your camera to a vertical/portrait orientation is right after you’ve shot a horizontal/landscape photograph and vice versa. It’s important to look at your scene from every camera angle.
Somebody asked me, why would she shoot her landscapes in portrait orientation. After all, horizontal is also referred to as landscape orientation for a reason! Well, I have a couple of reasons that I can think of for turning that camera!
First, you may want to switch the camera’s position if you have a subject that is vertical—perhaps a winding road going up through your picture, a waterfall, or a tall tree. It may just make more sense to have a vertical composition. You may be able to isolate the subject better and give it the proper attention it deserves by rotating the composition.
Another reason you may want to shoot your image vertically is because you have a strong foreground. If you’ve composed your image with a background, mid-ground and foreground element, it can guide your viewer’s eye through the image, and it may lend itself to being a vertical photograph.
There are other reasons for considering a vertical composition, such as social media posts and selling your work for stock photography and magazines. So, don’t rule out rotating your camera when you go out to shoot a landscape photograph. If you are used to one orientation in your photography (no matter what genre) I encourage you to try something different and turn that camera!
What Is This Page?
Since I love photography and teaching, I thought I would start a Blog page and share how I take my images, what I was thinking and about me.