How many times have we learned so much about our work and we feel that we can not produce the work that we want? The fact is this sort of thing happens to the best of us. We question ourselves about whether we are good enough, and the answer is actually yes. However the process sometimes can be daunting.
The joy is gone. You felt defeated.
We worked so hard to get the images that we want and when we don’t get it then we start questioning our abilities. Then, we miss something else.
The stress is getting to your head. Your fears are taking control. Your struggles become reality. Your mind is completely filled with negativity.
How can we get out of this? Take the game of basketball for example:
1. The hours and hours of practicing dribbling the ball allows the players to be able to dribble without thinking – second nature. In photography, this relates to technical settings, micro adjustments, etc. We don’t want to think about all these when we are trying to shoot something. The mind should be clear and focused for the moment, not about what to do (what settings to use, where should I be, etc.) during shooting. Keep your eye on the prize.
2. A shooter in the game of basketball didn’t give up after the first shot. Some of the best streak shooters out there has what they call short term memory – forget about the things that just happened, and try again. Then try some more. Didn’t get it still? Try again with a different way or different location.
The main thing is to KEEP CALM.
Do you see the resemblance in the world of photography?
When we shoot photographs and we are not having fun, it’s a job. Yes, most of us are able to do good work even when you feel disconnected with your subjects. However if you love them, then you most likely will have fun photographing them to beginwith. Having fun allows our creative juices to flow, in the way that we are doing all the things that we can to get better images than the last. If we consider it as a job, then the end result is: it’s good enough.
The path: work hard for your shots and have fun in the process. Try new things. Work from an angle you haven’t done before. Take out the tools in your tool belt and use them. Play, play, and play.
DO NOT LET THE JOY YOU GET FROM PHOTOGRAPHY DISSIPATE.
Once you are in the quicksand completely, you are done.