I recently took advantage of a 5 Day (Photography) Deal. While most of the digital items I received in that purchase have been saved in a folder for me to (totally – really!) look at ‘later’, one item has been keeping itself in view.
Part of the deal was a couple of issues of the digital Clarity magazine and I signed up for the email list. The first email asked two questions and thought that might be a good subject for a blog post.
- Photographically speaking, what are you struggling with right now?
- What are your photographic goals?
These are both, at the same time, easy and difficult questions. They are also important questions if I wish to become a better photographer – and I do!
Artistically, I struggle to find a balance between photos that are unique and interesting, but also pleasing to someone other than myself.
Technically, I feel that many of my photos look ‘flat’ (exposure issue?) and I also struggle to produce consistently sharp images.
Personally, I struggle with marketing and promoting myself. I’ve progressed quite a bit in this area this year, however, so… baby steps. :)
My main goal at the moment is to be more mindful of what I’m shooting. I generally hate that term as it brings up notions of mushy self-help books and experts, but I can’t think of a better word at the moment. I believe my composition skills are good enough that I can just shoot and it will more or less be an interesting photo. I’m not sure that’s enough. I feel like the photos could be much better if I stopped and asked questions:
- What do I want the viewer to feel when s/he looks at the photo?
- If I do X, it will cause the viewer to feel/do Y.
- Can I tell more of a story if I compose the shot in a different way?
- How can I create more interesting contrast in the photo?
- How can I use natural light more effectively?
Sometimes I think of asking these questions, but I feel rushed – someone’s waiting for me, I’m on my way to work, etc. and I don’t take the time. So, another goal, is more long, solitary photo walks. :)
What about you? What struggles and goals do you have in your photography, writing, or other creative pursuit?
In Other News…
I finally put up my shots from September’s Peggy’s Cove shoot. Check out Flickr!
Looking for Holiday gifts and cards? I’ve still got 2015 calendars (that’s the year, not how many I have in stock!), Winter holiday cards, and more up on my eBay store. Patrons will receive a discount! :)