Do More Of What You Do Best, To Get More Of What You Love

Do you want to improve your photography with just a little effort? You can. Without taking a class. Without buying anything. Trust me, this will work!

Open your photos so that you can quickly scroll through them.

Now scroll. Stop when one catches your eye. On an old school piece of paper write, without over thinking,  the one thing that caught your eye about the photo.

Continue to scroll. Find another and repeat. Do this for ten minutes or twenty. Whatever fits your schedule.

Then stop.

Close your photos. Look at your list.

With a highlighter, highlight the words that resonate most with you. Now look at those highlighted words. What theme do you see?

  • Is it of story?
  • Or contrast?
  • Or composition?
  • Is it time of day?
  • Or light?

Really look at that list to see what it tells you. Where is there the most energy?

These words hold a greater message for you. These words tell you what matters most to you. These are the important pieces, of your photography. Here is where you create meaning for yourself.  Here is where you grow.

What was it about the light that caught your eye? Go back now and study that. In your own photos, not mine, not that random blog of a photographer you admire. Look at yours.

Now create more of what you love.

Through doing more of what we do best, we get more of what we love.

Ask yourself some questions.

  • When in the last year has your photography made you feel most alive?
  • What are your three wishes for your photography?

Take it a step further.

  1. Print those photos that speak to you most.
  2. Place them on a wall.
  3. Arrange them into common themes.
  4. Print duplicates so they can be in two groups if needed.
  5. Label those groups.

What do those labels say to you?

Now let’s imagine the future.

Let’s imagine you creating more of the very images you love. You are creating more of you. You are taking inspiration from yourself. That is where originality comes from. The origins of you. Looking deep into what you are already doing and creating more.

Now write out your action plan. The plan for getting more of what you love about your photos.

Here is my action plan:

  1. Slow down.
  2. Point the camera toward faces I love.
  3. Wait for the light or find the light.
  4. Shoot lower.
  5. Use an aperture around 4.0 or so.
  6. Post process minimally.
  7. Get outside.
  8. Move.

Now I know where I can begin.

Now I know what I can work on. I can stop the mad google searches for the answers because I’ve found them on my very own hard drive. Notice it’s all positive. No beating myself up here. No comparing.

Take a look into your photos.  Don’t worry about what I’ve done. Look at what you’ve done. Look at what the moments and memories you love most hold.

What do the best of your photos tell you?

Last week Steph discovered I spend much of my time as an employee development trainer. Today’s post brings my two worlds together. This post was written with Appreciative Inquiry in mind, the idea of making the most of what is. It’s a positive approach to building the future of organizations and indviduals. It works for memory keepers too!