I have been meaning to write this article for a while, but I have kept putting it off, I have been procrastinating. Perhaps like me, you do the same with your photography. You wake up early on what looks like it’s going to be a glorious morning for photography, look at your watch and think, “I think the weather will be similar tomorrow” then slip back into a nice deep sleep. Perhaps you are about to take a day trip and think, I won’t take the camera today, its just too heavy, I will take it another day. There are many examples of procrastination both in actual picture taking and post production. Today we are going to look at a few ways of overcoming procrastination.
Avoid The Big Ideas: We all have them, the grandiose idea for a photographic shoot. Meticulous plans for 18 hours of photography covering a huge range of subjects sound great in theory but as you mull it over your morning coffee, you start to think, I cannot do all of this today, so I will start tomorrow.
Break your big idea down into smaller manageable sections. For example, when I am shooting a city, rather than planning to shoot all day, I will plan to shoot a small specific area for two or three hours then take a long break. If the forecast is good, I will try to do two of these smaller shoots in a day. By making the task in hand manageable, you are much more likely to get it done
Watch the Weather: For non professional photographers, time is often limited and the weather may not always play ball. If you are planning an outdoor shoot watch the forecast from 3 or so days in advance. If it’s looking like the weather is not going to allow you to achieve the result you were looking for, start to make back up plans. That might be shooting the same location but in a gritty black and white style or it might be abandoning the shoot altogether and setting a post production task instead.
Having a back up plan not only gives you options, it reduces your excuses for procrastination.
Have a plan B if the weather is not playing ball. By Dyonis
Set Reminders not Alarms: Virtually all of us have a smartphone these days. Most of us use them as alarms to wake us up. Rather than use a standard alarm, use something like Reminders on Apple IOS with an alarm not only to wake you up but also to nudge you to get out and shoot. In Reminders you can, for example write, Get up and Shoot Tower Bridge, set it as a reminder with alert and set your alarm to the same time as the alert. Now when the alarm goes off at 5.30 in the morning, you will see exactly why you have been woken at that unearthly hour.