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What Type of Photographer Are You?

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What Type of Photographer Are You?

People, places, things… every photographer has their subject of choice. You may love being outside or cringe at the very thought of nature. You may know studio lighting in and out, or you wouldn’t know a soft box if it hit you in the head. Photographers are as diverse as the things they photograph. We all have our likes and dislikes, our niche so to speak. It is time for a little self analysis. (If you have no sense of humor, stop now.)

What type of photographer are you? I will throw out a disclaimer that the list below is not all inclusive. Judging from my Facebook news feed there should probably be a category dedicated to selfies taken in workout clothes, but that one didn’t make the cut this year. Read on with tongue in cheek to find your type!
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Finding Inspiration

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Finding Inspiration

It’s called “creative block”, and it’s an ugly beast. All artists complain of it at some point in their lives, even great ones. It can happen to you when you’re immersed in the doldrums of an uninteresting routine, or it can happen to you when you’re standing in the Mongolian grasslands during the Festival of Naadam. Creative block doesn’t discriminate, so you need to have an arsenal of tools at hand to fend it off when it decides to make you its next victim.

If you’ve ever stood in one place with your camera hanging around your neck and just could not for the life of you find a photo anywhere in your environment, you’re probably suffering from creative block on at least some level. The key to beating it is to start fighting it as soon as you recognize it, because otherwise it can keep you in empty memory cards for weeks. Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do. If you use these tips and exercises, you’ll not only banish creative block, you may also come up with some really great photos that you probably would never have thought of if you hadn’t had a bout of creative block. Take that, ugly beast.
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Take Interesting Photos In Boring Places

Take Interesting Photos In Boring Places

This week I received a letter from a reader who asks a very poignant question. Olivia Polerowicz wants to know:

“I was wondering how to take good pictures in not so interesting places. The thing is, I live in a not particularly interesting place and so my photos kinda show it. I have a problem with trying to find the right subject and how to make it interesting. I have the right camera and everything. I was wondering if you could help?”

Sure, I’m happy to help!
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4 Bad Habits To Turn You Into A Successful Photographer

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4 Bad Habits To Turn You Into A Successful Photographer

With all the advice on how to churn out more photographs and how to follow the rules in your photography business, I want to stop for a moment and consider the possibility that all these gurus are dead wrong. There are some things I do that I’m not all that proud of, but the more I think about them, the more I realize how engrained they are in my personality. Call these habits bad or good. Whatever they are, they’ve helped me focus on what’s important in photography.
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Everyday Habits That To Get You Shooting More Photos

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Everyday Habits That To Get You Shooting More Photos

We’re nearing the end of winter, and that means it’s time to shake off the dust and ramp up your photography. The weather is nice, the sunsets are gorgeous, and before you know it, summer will have come and gone. Right around this time of year, I like to get into some habits so I’m constantly taking pictures while the time is right. Try ‘em out, and you’ll be surprised at how much more you’ll get done this summer (or year round).
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3 Things To Do When An Image Is a Failure

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3 Things To Do When An Image Is a Failure

How many times have you taken a picture, only to reconcile it to the trash bin because it just didn’t turn out the way you like? I know it’s happened to me countless times. Images can fail for a number of reasons, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on them. I still hold onto some of my worst photography because it only serves as a reminder of how much I’ve grown, but I can also use those photos to make something new. Here are a few ideas.
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Beat Your Best Photo With These 5 Tips

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Beat Your Best Photo With These 5 Tips

Sometimes we get stuck. Maybe it’s been years since you produced your last great work. Maybe you’ve settled into a certain style of photography, and you just need to open your eyes to see what’s possible. Every now and again, I challenge myself to create a picture that’s better than my very best. It’s the most difficult thing for me to do as a photographer, but I’ve noticed that once I cross that threshold, everything improves dramatically. Here’s how you can beat your very best.
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Study Other Great Photographers

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Study Other Great Photographers

There is a resource out there that you can tap into, and it will improve your photography in ways you could never imagine. It will inspire you. It will show you what’s possible with a little determination and a willingness to learn. What am I talking about? Other photographers, the great ones who have gone down in history for producing some of the most breathtaking images ever seen. Many of them were the first do what they’ve done. It’s worth taking a moment to see how they did it.
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Getting Over Self Doubt

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Getting Over Self Doubt

If you’ll indulge me, I’m going to depart slightly from my normal subject of tips, and talk about your worth as a photographer (either pro, or just as a hobby). I hear from a lot of people asking “Am I creative?” “Am I talented enough to do this?” I’ve also had these thoughts. I’m sure you have too. It’s not uncommon for photographers (or everyone really) to feel self doubt. These thoughts, unfortunately, can stop us from doing all the fun stuff we want to do. Photography is not a particularly risky business, but there’s always an element of fear when you put your work out there for the world to see. How can you get over it? How can you learn to believe in yourself again? That’s what we’ll discuss today.
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A Fifteen Minute Exercise To Improve Your Photography

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A Fifteen Minute Exercise To Improve Your Photography

Have you ever wondered why some photographers just seem to have a knack for what they’re doing? It’s almost as if they have some sixth sense for photography, an uncanny ability to pick anything of interest from a scene and make it stand out. I believe we all have the ability to see what they see. I don’t think it’s rocket science. You just need to try out this simple fifteen minute exercise.
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When are you taking your best photos?

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When are you taking your best photos?

It’s funny. For years and years we’ve thrown around terms like “mental energy,” and for the most part, none of us really questions what we’re getting at. I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately in my own photography, and it’s looking like some of the new research on creativity is confirming what I originally thought. There is such a thing as mental energy, and if you can learn how to harness it, you’ll get the most out of the time you spend taking pictures. Here’s what I mean.
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Use A Sunset Calendar This Year

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Use A Sunset Calendar This Year

Have you ever been walking down the street and seen the sun coming just over the horizon of a building or a landmark in a really interesting way? Ever wish you were smart enough to bring your camera with you on that day so you wouldn’t miss it. I know the frustration. Over the years, I’ve learned that a moment like that happens maybe once or twice a year (if you’re lucky!). Here’s a little something I do to make sure I never miss it again.
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Five 52 Week Project Ideas

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Five 52 Week Project Ideas

One of the best ways to become a better photographer is to commit yourself to exploring a certain theme for awhile. And what better time to do that than at the start of a new year! Some people go so far as to start a 365 day project where they take a photo every single day. It’s too bad that’s not entirely workable for most people who have jobs, kids and other activities they’re engaged in. A 52 week project is a lot more reasonable. I encourage you to make the next year your ’52 week project’. Here are some ideas to get you started.
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When are you taking your best photos?

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When are you taking your best photos?

It’s funny. For years and years we’ve thrown around terms like “mental energy,” and for the most part, none of us really questions what we’re getting at. I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately in my own photography, and it’s looking like some of the new research on creativity is confirming what I originally thought. There is such a thing as mental energy, and if you can learn how to harness it, you’ll get the most out of the time you spend taking pictures. Here’s what I mean.
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I Challenge You To Try These 5 Things In Photography

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I Challenge You To Try These 5 Things In Photography

Do you remember when you were a kid and totally afraid to jump in the water and swim? We’ve all been there. In life, some things just freak us out, and it’s no different in photography. I know it sounds strange, but we all need to be pushed sometimes. We need someone to force us to do something in a new and different way. So today I’m going to act as that person. I want you to try these 5 things.
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