Photographer’s Block

by Emon Hassan on December 17, 2009

I tried to ‘cure’ writer’s block last year by doing this series. But what do you do when you feel like your photography is starting to be predictable?

You self assign projects that make you move your behind. For the past 20 days I’ve been shooting a photo a day with one of the cheapest Canon lenses in the market – the nifty fifty. Cheap it may be, but this sucker is one nifty little piece of glass. Most of the time, though, I’ve used it on my Rebel XTi, but at some point might use it on the Mark II for video and such.

So how has it changed what I do in terms of photography. I would often go days without taking a photo and wouldn’t feel motivated unless I’d cover something or went to check out an event. Nowadays, I find myself itching to get my daily shot and feel guilty if I take too long to get to it. I’d thought I’d get sick of forcing myself to photograph everyday, inspired or not, but, strangely, I get pumped about the idea every day.

Getting better at photography, like writing, or any skill set for that matter, owes a lot to having a discipline. Discipline, at the least, helps with not allowing you to over think your craft. Imagine a cook thinking about it and not cooking everyday.

Right. Imagine that.

So…on my 20th day now. Check them out and let me know what you think.

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