This New Year, become a better photographer

Greg McKeown released a book called Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less a few years ago, in which he argues that in order to be successful, you must concentrate on a few key things while ignoring everything else. His thoughts and tactics are applicable to many aspects of life, including photography. In this piece, we’ll look at what it means to be an essentialist photographer and how essentialism may help you improve your photography.

McKeown divides essentialism into three stages: exploration, elimination, and execution. You pick what is vital to you first, then what is not essential and should be removed, and eventually, you only accomplish what is essential. This seems to be basic. The difficult part, of course, is determining what is and is not essential to you.

To assist you in determining what is important to your photography, we’ve compiled a list of questions organized by the three components of essentialism:

Investigate: As a photographer, what is essential to you?
What should you get rid of in your life?
Execute: How can you (just) perform the essentials?
You must answer these questions yourself since no one (not even a stranger on the Internet) can tell you what is essential to you. We hope your responses motivate you to become the photographer you want to be in the next year!

David – Autumn Walk with the X100 – Flixelpix

Investigate: What is essential to you?
What aspect of photography most interests you?
In principle, a goal is crucial, but it is meaningless unless you are enthusiastic and driven by it. Understanding what motivates you might help you decide what to prioritize in the next year.

So, what is it about photography that keeps you going? Pay attention to the things that thrill you to acquire a sense of what is important to you.

Of course, there are several reasons to be enthused about photography. Here are a few ideas to get you started: capturing beautiful moments, seeing new places and meeting new people, camera gear and technology, the complexities of light and lenses, sharing your work, being a part of a community, and so on.

How do you want to add value to your photography?
Images may be really valuable. They have the ability to make people laugh, weep, recall, rejoice, and ponder. Remembering this value might be useful when deciding what is significant. How do you intend to add value to your work? What should your photographs provide to the world that we didn’t already have? What should the topics be?

Another method to analyze value is to examine what distinguishes your photographs. Is it the topics you study? Do you have a distinct style? Do you know how to use a vintage Soviet film camera? In other words, what distinguishes your approach to photography, and is it worth emphasizing?

It’s also important to consider who will value your work. Anyone, but not everyone, can be this. You may shoot images for yourself, for friends and family, or for ski photographers. You learn what is essential to you by considering what will make your work useful and for whom it will be created.

What do you want to accomplish in one, three, five, or 10 years?
Visualizing who you want to become and where you want to go in the future is an excellent technique to determine what is important to you. You can achieve a lot in 10 years if you put your mind to it. So, what are your long-term photography goals?

For example, if you’re a travel photographer, where do you see yourself photographing in the next decade? What aesthetics will you pursue as a fine art photographer? What tales will you tell as a photojournalist? What would your company look like in 10 years if you own it?

Day 330: The Ultimate Selfie by Yane Naumoski

What should you get rid of in your life?
What are the sources of distraction in your life?
Distractions cause us to lose sight of our objectives and squander time. The first step in overcoming distractions is becoming aware of them. You’re undoubtedly already aware of the biggest distractions you confront if you live in a world of smartphones, social media, and limitless entertainment. Still, it’s beneficial to look back at the previous week and see what consumed a lot of your time but wasn’t genuinely significant to you. Similarly, at the end of the day, you may evaluate how you spent your time and determine whether or not those activities were in accordance with your objectives.

What is excellent but not outstanding?
There are several hobbies that are beneficial yet might be distracting depending on your objectives. For example, you might spend hours watching amazing photography tutorials and learning a ton, but it would be a distraction if your aim was to go out and conduct an outside session. Or you get engrossed in a side project while your true purpose is to create a portfolio website.

We all know that binge watching TV shows is probably not the greatest use of our time, but it’s the things that are nice in theory that catch up with us. So, what positive distractions are blocking you from doing amazing things?

What constraints can you impose?
Limitations help you remove the irrelevant things in your life. Limitations may take several forms. Saying no to specific obligations, limiting the amount of time you spend on distracting activities, or isolating yourself to concentrate on just one subject are all examples of how you might do this. The more detailed you can make these constraints, the simpler it will be to stick to them.

Limitations might also assist you in focusing on completing your best job, since performing more work is not always better. A skilled wedding photographer is in high demand throughout the wedding season. A excellent wedding photographer will restrict the amount of weddings they accept in advance for the season. They will then interview customers and reject (or refer) marriages that are not a suitable fit.

Because of this constraint, the outstanding wedding photographer will have more time to prepare for and post-process each set of wedding images. Quality (restrictions) trumps quantity (no restrictions). How might you implement a comparable constraint to help you remove the irrelevant and concentrate on what is important?

Sharon LuVisi – Ankle deep Do: How are you able to (just) perform the essentials?
How can you concentrate on what is most important to you right now?
The most difficult aspect of being an essentialist photographer may be remaining focused on what’s crucial in the present. It is necessary to perform the necessary and avoid the unnecessary in daily life.

This begs the question: what can you do to keep focused on the things that are important to you as a photographer? You’ll have to find out what works best for you, but here are a few ideas: post reminders throughout the home and on your gadgets; reread your goal list on a frequent basis; set deadlines on a calendar; or break down larger objectives into daily to-do lists.

What habits and disciplines will help you get closer to your goal?
Disciplines and habits comprise your life’s autopilot. They work in your advantage if they are aligned with your aims. However, if your (lack of) disciplines and habits collide with your aims, you are battling against yourself. This is why it is beneficial to devote time to developing beneficial practices and habits.

So, consider what you can do on a daily/weekly/monthly basis to achieve your objectives. What habits are you trying to break, and what should you replace them with? What disciplines would you have if you were the photographer you want to be?

What is the simplest action you can do right now?
It may take a long time to become the wonderful photographer you want, but all you need to do is take the first step and keep going. Small victories and consistent growth keep you motivated, so always have something to celebrate.

You simply need to take the simplest step right now to assist you get the essential things done. Depending on your objectives, you may just take your camera and go outdoors. At the very least, make time in your schedule for the crucial things.

Do it! And have a wonderful New Year!