Go From Cold to Hot
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Today we are talking about a problem ALL artists go through.
Sometimes they are really into their art and want to do amazing things and change the world, and other times they don’t want to be a part of it at all. Your creativity goes away, you stop having fun, and what you used to enjoy now seems like work. This is NORMAL. You are NOT the ONLY ONE. Lets learn to realize that it is part of the process, and be ok with the ups and downs of life. I created this list for people who know exactly what I am talking about. Here Is my 9 ways to get you back on track!
1 Use Different Equipment
Try using different tools to make your images. If you shoot with a Nikon, borrow a Canon. If you have a point and shoot, borrow a DSLR. If you have a Hassleblad, use an iphone. Doing this will force you to get out of your comfort zone. You may find that you like the switch even more than you like what you are currently using. It could make all the difference in the world.
If you shoot with complicated lighting, try going solo. The change in hauling less equipment might make you realize you can take greta photos without a huge production, as well as allow you to be a bit more free in your decision making.
2 Make new friends in Photography
There are many groups of people similar to you, probably in your town. A great resource to find them is through Flickr or Meetup.com. If you don’t have any luck in these areas, check out meeting people online. Guess what. They are real people too.
Twitter allows you to connect with other people in your industry, who you may want to talk to. You don’t need to have any fear about contacting people on Twitter, because THEY look bad if they respond to you negatively. This is a great way to connect with people and get excited again. Imagine if you wanted to be an actor, and you had a great way to talk to Steven Spielberg.
3 Figure out why you liked photography to begin with
Thinking back to what got you excited enough to want to make photography a major part of your life will help you to realize why you are even doing this in the first place. Did you want to get girls naked? Did you suck at drawing but wanted to create art? Getting back to your roots can bring back those feelings of happiness.
4 Start Having fun again!
This does not have to be all work, and it is totally possible to have fun while working. Think about times in your life in which you had a lot of fun. Would that have been ruined if there was a camera present? Probably not. Having fun in this is more important than always working super hard and putting pressure on yourself. One way you are going to burn out and hate photography, the other you will carry it with you for the rest of your life.
5 Not every image has to be perfect
There is no need to put a ton of pressure on yourself for every time you pick up a camera. Life comes in waves, and so does photography. Embrace this, don’t fight it. Always try your best and enjoy yourself, but if something doesn’t turn out amazing, dont beat yourself up over it. Learn from it, and move on. Even Tom Hanks has been in some crappy movies.
6 Do Something you have never done
Often times doing something you have never done before gives you good perspective on what you are doing. You never know, you may fall in love with something you never thought you would enjoy. I hav avoided being a “business person” All my life, but after being forced to be more business minded, I find myself really enjoying it.
7 Bring your REAL friends into the game
Most of the people you know really dont have a lot of cool things going on every day, and you can change that for them. Inviting your friends to do photo shoots with you is a great way for them to have a good time, and for you to spend some time together. Friends will often make work a bit more fun, and bring in some perspective that you may not have had before.
8 Take a VACATION
Life is SHORT. You won’t be thinking to yourself on your deathbed “I should have made a few thousand more dollars, or worked an extra couple of weeks.” The time you spend enjoying your life and rewarding yourself for all the hard work you do will mean the world to you. The time spent in a different place not thinking about work will often recharge your batteries, and when you come home, you will feel refreshed and ready to knock things out!
9 If you are HOT, figure out why
Life does go up and down, if you are in an up swing, figure out why! That way as you head down you have a good idea of what can get you back up again
Go out and have some fun! Take some pictures, do a photo shoot, make awesomeness happen, and make sure you and everyone is having a great time in the proces. Post your images in a comment to this episode as well as a description – how was it fun? What did you do? How did it make a difference?
I can’t wait to see your entries, judging will close Monday at 12PM EST, the winner gets Pheatured on Phlearn, as well as receives a FREE Phlearn Lens Bracelet!