The more photos you produce, the happier you will become
The more photos you produce, the happier you will become.
Darin Fritz, a photographer in Fayetteville, NC for d2lifephotography, who has been shooting regularly for more than 10 years, has noticed that his scores of good photographs have not translated into a greater number of sales. He believes that the key to his success is his ability to make a positive connection between the photograph and its intended user.
He tries to capture a moment, without worrying about the technical details or the realities of photography.
After all, he says, “photography is an art form” and “the best photographers always think their photographs are special.” He also believes that what matters most is “seeing life in front of you instead of just looking at it — seeing the beautiful things in front of you.”
He can take photos with an iPhone because he develops them on a laptop after shooting them (he uses Lightroom to edit them). He doesn’t use flash because it alienates people, and he doesn’t want to miss any detail. And he often uses natural light (no artificial lights). The most important thing, he says, is making sure there are no distractions: no phones on tables or people talking when you want silence.
What is productivity?
If you’re a photographer, you’re probably aware that you can spend any amount of time in front of your camera that you want and make it look great. But do you know how long this is really going to take? Most photos are taken quickly, because the goal is to get out of the frame as quick as possible. The resulting photos are usually not very good; they’re just a bit of a blur — a product of the taking. But if you spend too much time on the process, before and after your photos, you end up with really bad photos, because all that time is wasted.
If you want to become a more productive photographer, I suggest this best-practices checklist:
· Don’t use auto-focus or manual focus mode. Unless it’s absolutely necessary (like when light shows through one window and it needs to be focused on another) don’t use them on your camera: all those extra steps can waste time—and worse yet, can make your pictures look bad even if they weren’t bad before (even if they were). I know that many photographers have their cameras set up so that auto-focus works automatically in low light (which means no focusing at all). If that’s the case for you, consider switching to one of my top picks:
· Use shutter priority instead. This way you can select either of two modes: AE (auto exposure), which will choose an appropriate shutter speed for the light level in which your subject is located; or Aperture Priority (in which case your camera chooses between using a larger aperture for better depth-of-field or using a smaller aperture for more shallow depth-of-field). Many people mistake shutter priority autoexposure mode with manual exposure mode; but shutter priority isn’t manual exposure mode at all (see below), and still only offers two options when choosing an aperture; one option is always used by default.
· Set your camera so that it always chooses an appropriate shutter speed regardless of what aperture setting it's in. For example, my Canon 7D has built-in electronic Shutter Priority switch and so does my Nikon D7200: both cameras will always choose P/T as opposed to Av/T as soon as I put them into manual exposure mode — even when I open the viewfinder and press the shutter button halfway down during shooting! That way there's
The benefits of being a productive photographer.
There is a lot of information available on where to shoot and what to shoot. But I’ve noticed that the majority of it doesn’t actually address whether you’re a good photographer or not. And that makes me sad. Because as photographers, we should be able to talk about how we do our jobs. As photographers, we should be able to talk about what we think is good photography and bad photography. And if you want to get better at your craft, I hope this article can help you in that regard.
The first step is to figure out what you want from your pictures:
• What makes them great?
• Where do you want them?
• When do you want them?
This will help us determine which types of shots are most valuable, and it will also help us find the best places to take them (I’d love to see a magazine feature dedicated entirely to this topic). We need to make sure we’re not making mistakes, especially ones that are less noticeable than they could be:
• Is the picture good enough? Does it fit the story? Does it communicate the message in a way that doesn’t distract from it? Is it important enough for people who don’t know what it means? Is there something more interesting or surprising than expected? Is there light or shadow that would make even more dramatic impact if used in another way?
Once these questions have been answered, we need to judge our photos by their value:
• What can I use this for/to tell my story about this product/service/brand/business? If you have multiple ideas for each example at hand, ask yourself how many examples each one can support. For example, if two examples are necessary for telling your story because one is too difficult or difficult for most readers and the other isn’t persuasive enough, then you know which type of picture is better suited for those two kinds of stories. Use that info as a starting point when deciding which ones are worth taking (for example).
The next step is deciding how much time and effort each picture should take:
• Do I have time constraints on this shot (i.e., am I unable to take some shots in order because of an upcoming meeting) or am I just patient until I have time later on? What do people think about when they look at my pictures; do they learn anything new
How to become a more productive photographer.
In this post, I discuss one of photography’s most valuable skills: the ability to focus on a single subject and capture it with natural light.
If you want to do more in less time and want to be more productive as a photographer, I suggest these five things:
• Get your camera out.
• Learn how to use your camera effectively (and more importantly, how to learn).
• Take some photos of your family. This is extremely important for the quality of your photos. Don’t just take pictures of the kids; take them outside so the sun can get in their eyes, wash off their faces, and make sure they look totally happy. (It also helps when you can take pictures without having any makeup on!)
• Learn how to use your camera while you are shooting. There are many good resources out there that teach techniques; I would start with “The Capture Kit” which focuses on raw photography techniques (for example) and then move onto “The Art of Photographing Nature” which focuses on taking natural images. Once you have learned those techniques, try experimenting with different scenarios — if they look great in camera and simply don’t work in other situations (say, when it’s bright outside), learn why that might be.
• Most importantly: practice! The more you practice something – what it feels like — the better you get at it — whether it is working a gun or taking a picture of your kid — the better you get at doing what that thing does well. Practice makes perfect! Practice makes learning! Practice makes progress! And progress is progress! Now go out there and make some beautiful photos!
The importance of setting goals.
Self-promotion is a powerful tool for improving your brand and for increasing sales. But it comes with many pitfalls. There are so many opportunities to be had that it’s easy to miss the opportunities, and there are often large stakes involved in the small wins that can help you reach your goals.
Instead of relying on self-promotion to keep you afloat, why not take a page out of the marketing handbook?
I recently read an article on Forbes Magazine that discussed what makes good content marketing. The article pointed out that the first step in creating new content is setting a clear actionable goal and then writing about it. Once you have a goal in place, the next step is to make sure the content is about your goal and includes just enough detail to make your point.
That’s a good way to produce better quality content: set down what you want to say, get specific, write about it and then take some time off from writing until you feel like you have done as much as possible with regard to your goal (this will vary by product).
The more photos you produce, the happier you will become.
I’ve can never get enough of photography. I’m an avid photographer of the Fayetteville< NC area and people and have made a career out of it, but I leave most of my shoots to other people. It’s usually not because I’m the least creative or most talented — it comes down to the fact that I just don’t have time. When you work with other people, you rarely get to show off your best work, and in some cases you don’t even get that opportunity. And it’s not just me. If you ask any photographer what their worst shoot was, they will say “it was a wedding!” It is always a wedding. There is a reason for this: weddings are stressful.
Wedding photos are inherently stressful for photographers because they often involve numerous people, there is often high stress on the day of the shoot, and the photographer is expected to be in control of all aspects of an event (all while trying to capture images which make it look like things are going well).
The point here is not that weddings can be hard work; they aren’t (the post-wedding reception is generally easier), but rather that photographers need strategies to make them more enjoyable and productive (and less stressful).
We can do this by taking away as much power from our subject as possible: we can tell them what they want to see (hurry up and wait) or we can let them decide when they want to see it (until the moment when nothing else matters). Or we can just let them always take pictures, knowing full well that there will be moments when things go wrong (e.g., someone happens by suddenly during shooting). Whatever your strategy, you should expect things to go wrong occasionally so plan for this ahead-of-time: if something goes wrong and someone sees something which makes it look like everything went well, that person will be overjoyed and may even become more prone to making future complaints about how “it wasn’t quite what we expected!”
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