Welcome to PHOTO Tips Friday!!!
So many people tell me they want to take more pictures, they want to use the DSLR more than the iphone, and they really want to master using manual. Rock on, girl! You can do it! When I ask what is holding them back, they almost always tell me, “I just don’t have enough time”.
I get that. I really, really get that, but guess what? There is a very easy fix!!!!
I know I have your attention and I know you are excited to hear that I have figured out the impossible- how to get more time in your day…..
While I really appreciate your faith in me, I have to let you know it’s not incredibly ground-breaking…here it is:
Pick up the camera, it’s as simple as that!
I know, I know, that was not an amazing nor profound statement. But it’s the truth and sometimes the truth hurts! 🙂
Here are some helpful ways to get that camera in your hands more often.
- Free your camera from that confining camera bag. Store it in a safe spot (high on a book shelf for example) away from pets, children, and full beverages. Store it with a fully charged battery, an empty memory card, and the lens on and ready to go.
- Put down your smart phone. Cell phones have become very convenient little vessels and can now help you do everything from make a call, map your travel plans, check on finances, play games, and take photos. It has become all-to-easy to grab your phone to capture those moments, as well as zone out on your phone whenever you have some downtime. Again, put down the phone. Do not get involved in a candy-smashing-time-suck, do not mindlessly scroll through status updates that do not even interest you. Choose the camera, and you will be amazed how much time you find you now have!
- Be mindful. Be present in the world around you. Allow yourself to become inspired, by your child, your pet, the light streaming into your bedroom window.
- Start a 365 or 52 project. 365 projects are a fun way to challenge yourself, to make one photo per day. This is not an opportunity to throw any old snapshot up, take this as a guide to push yourself. 52 projects are a little easier to maintain and keep up with- you guessed it, 1 image per week. For inspiration check out my current 365 project. I make a photo daily, but I do not upload daily. Usually one time per week, so if you click through now, you will see I am behind, but rest assured, the next images are on my CF card safely nestled inside my DSLR
- Practice when your kids are sleeping. Practice on non-moving subjects, so if they are engaged in playing and are not exercising their right to be whirling dervishes, go with it. If someone falls asleep on the couch, try that! This works for pets and husbands, too.
- Tell yourself you can do it. I believe in the power of positive thinking. If you say, “I can’t” or “I don’t have time” then you won’t have time. If you encourage yourself and tell yourself “I can do this”, you will. Be gentle if on yourself if you mess up, or if you miss a day- there is always next time, and there will be a next time, soon- like tomorrow.
- Set a goal. This works nicely with the project idea above, but you can make this one fit your lifestyle- try shooting 5 minutes per day, 1x per day, 1x per week, 5 minutes per week, on Sunday mornings when your family is home, etc. Write it down.
What other tips would you add? Leave a comment below, we cannot wait to hear!
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You can do it!!!! If you are still having difficulty, you may want to join us in one of our Snap Shops: Photography Workshops for Women. All workshops are in our studio in North Wales, PA, just a quick ride North from Philadelphia.
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