Photography should always be fun and if yours isn’t then you have a problem. It’s no longer a hobby or a pastime and the question I would ask is, “Why are you doing it?”. What’s the purpose of investing time and money in something if you aren’t getting anything out of it. If your photography has reached this point then do something about it. Here are my suggestions for putting fun back into your photography.
1. Make sure that you know what you are doing
Many amateurs reach a frustration point in their photography because they have reached the level of their own incompetence and can’t get past it. This was known in the business world as the Peter Principle. Unless you find a way to get passed this point the fun will disappear. You’ll see the images you want to take but your ability won’t take you there. So, what’s the answer? Find a way to learn to be more creative and acquire the technical skills needed to get you there. Basically, all this means is that you need to find a way of learning more i.e. buying a book, subscribing to a magazine, signing up for a class or taking an online course. You will be inspired by others and at the same time learn to take your photography to the next level.
2. Don’t wait for inspiration
If you wait to be inspired, you will wait to be inspired and thereby achieve a whole lot less than you could. There is nothing creative about waiting for the right moment. The right moment will arrive as you are shooting images not as you are waiting to shoot.
3. Just do it
Many of us wait for the moment, the perfect situation or the right time to take photos. We want a whole bunch of factors to be just right before we press the shutter button. But in the words of Nike, “just do it!” To have fun with your photography you have to get out and take photos. Once you’ve determined to do this the fun can begin.
4. Plan for success
I use a number of exercises with my students to get the creative juices flowing. The first is shooting a theme, whether it be colour, old doors and windows or animals. Focus on a theme and shoot it. The next is to shoot an object in a hundred different ways so that each image is different. And, the third is using the alphabet. Find an object or subject that begins with each letter of the alphabet. So, planning before you shoot and trying one of these exercises will guarantee to get those creative juices flowing.
5. Have fun
Be prepared to try new things and experiment with your photography. Try new things you’ve never done before. Push the boundaries and think outside of the box. If you like old cars or flowers then shoot lots of them. If you shoot the things you love you are guaranteed to have fun.
Fun means different things to different people so find out what you enjoy doing and include it in your photography. The bottom line is to enjoy your photography. Happy shooting!