When I first started taking pictures I would shoot anything and everything. It didn’t matter where I was or if it was the right time of day or not.
I was just plain having fun and capturing memories.
As I began learning more I noticed that I started shooting less.
At the time it made perfect sense to me because I was simply no longer shooting hundreds of shots at a time and hoping I would get lucky enough to get at least one good one. I was waiting for the right conditions.
Over time though I started realizing I had stopped shooting all together unless I thought I could get the perfect shot. I was so worried about getting it right that I was no longer having fun and it became a chore. I was afraid to share more than a handful of pictures with others because in my mind they simply weren’t good enough.
At first I blamed it on being burned out. I thought that if I bought a new camera it would renew my passion for photography. It didn’t. I simply expected even more from myself.
The more I tried to learn the fewer pictures I took.
- The moment wasn’t right.
- The lighting was all wrong.
- I didn’t have the right lens with me.
- The shot was pointless without my tripod.
- The weather was bad.
Ya know what I learned? If I was going to wait for everything to be perfect then I might as well hang it all up because eventually I would simply stop taking pictures all together.
I was in a slump and it was time to find my way back out of it.
It was time to start having fun and loving photography again.
As with most things in life, if I am going to do something, I tend to make sure and drag YOU along with me.
Here is what we are going to do.
Every single day in the coming year we are going to take a picture.
We aren’t going to care which camera we use even if we only have our cell phone with us. We won’t care what time of day it is or if the lighting is right. Weather will not play a role in our decision to not let a day go by without taking a picture. We are just going to shoot.
Why? Because it isn’t about perfection. It’s about having fun and loving it.
I am not saying we should stop learning but we can’t let the process of learning kill our passion for photography.
Spend this coming year capturing anything and everything.
Let go of your fears and just have fun.
This isn’t a contest and there are no rules.
You can interact here on the blog in the comments or you can actively participate in our Facebook group for encouragement and to share your shots but make sure to comment on this post to let us know if you are going to jump in to take part in the 365 Project Photography challenge.
For some of you this may be a good time to start a photography blog! If you are interested in blogging we have a Facebook group for that too, along with a 365 Project Blogging challenge! Of course, you can choose to combine them into one challenge.
What do you say? Are you ready to take on this challenge?