I know life is busy. I know everyone has a camera. Heck, I have one in my pocket as I write this.
And the new iPhone 7 Plus has a fantastic camera. Combined with its smart software to enhance every photo.
But you should be challenging yourself to learn new things. You should be getting off your seat, and experimenting with new technology. Or trying a new technique you've always wanted to do.
I do this all the time with something I call a 3 Mile Photowalk. It's when I grab a camera, one lens, and go on a short photowalk around my neighborhood.
There are so many reasons why you could or should get off your seat and try new things.
- You are in a creative rut
- You need more spark in your photo business
- You want to learn something new
- You don't feel challenged
- You're scared of change
I could go on.
But I'll stop, and move on. Now for some advice. Here we go!
Choose one lens
You might use a telephoto lens on a regular basis. Maybe an 18-55mm or a 24-70mm. Try using a lens that is different than your norm. Maybe a wide prime like a 14mm, or a long prime like a 300mm.
Once you decide on the lens you're using for this challenge, spend a week or more with it. Only use that lens. Try a portrait with a wide else (strange, right?) or a street photograph with a long lens.
Neutral density filters are for long exposure photography or getting shallow depth of field in portraits. If you're used to using your ND filter for water, try using it for something else, like a portrait.
Or go into a busy city and make some buses and taxis disappear.
If you have a star filter, try it in a headshot (awkward, right?) or in a street photograph.