One of the challenges photographers face is posing. It’s a conundrum because it requires a kind of authority most of us aren’t used to having: The authority to say if something looks good or bad. So much of this authority is earned and demonstrated to your subjects in the swiftness and confidence with which you pose them. Therefore, photographers spend a lot of time working on just where to place a loose hand, and exactly how a person’s back should arch, or how their legs should cross. But in all this fuss, they frequently lose sight of the spirit in their subject.
Most people who are successful at whatever they do, are good at goals. Setting them and meeting them. The more frequently and quickly that happens, usually the more successful that person is in whatever they’re trying to do. This is momentum. The process of continually setting and accomplishing goals is momentum. And it’s as real for photographers as for anyone else. When a goal is met, there’s a spark of emotional energy released for the pursuit of the next goal. In this way, we can ride the wave of momentum.
When you first open the doors for business and start offering your photography services to friends of friends and strangers, people you don’t personally know, it’s easy to quickly feel bewildered. It might hit you all at once that these people really have no reason to cut you slack. Suddenly you feel how important it is to stay organized. It gives you the confidence to make quick, decisive and accurate decisions.
Every single one of us holds assumptions. They are part of being human. We assume there won’t be too much traffic on the way home from work, or that there will be way too much. We assume that we’ll be able to pull the details out of the sky, or we assume that the camera doesn’t have enough dynamic range. In doing so, we are putting limits on ourselves. This post sheds light on 10 such critical assumptions.
Let me ask you a question. Why aren’t you creating right now? I don’t mean right now. I mean now in a general sense. The general-now. The now that’s touching us on all sides. So what can you do to start creating? Well, it’s not as tough as you think it is. All you need to do is understand what’s coming in the way and take simple steps towards your goal.
It’s common to hear someone say, “I am my own worst critic”. The idea that we judge ourselves more harshly than anyone else, is merited. But so are that critic’s comments. The artist gets to render judgement over his or her creation, whether it is good or bad. Their judgement is true and binding, if only in this limited courtroom of personal satisfaction. But the story doesn’t end there.