You know that voice that tells you that you’re dumb, or that you’re going to do something that annoys or offends others? Yeah — ignore that voice.
1. Don’t self-censor yourself
My radical belief: don’t censor yourself. Say what is really on your mind. If you curse in real life, don’t censor yourself online.
If you see an interesting photo opportunity, just photograph it. Don’t let your inner critic say:
Oh Eric, don’t photograph that. It is boring. It is cliche. It has been done before.
Rather, let your inner-child play.
2. Do it for the fun
As adults, let us do the same. Be like a kid. A big ass kid (with some money) to have more opportunities for experimentation.
3. Kids inspire me
Whenever I meet young kids who want to do photography (age 8-12) — I tell them to shoot with a smartphone. A smartphone is an all-in-one photo solution. You can shoot, post-process, and publish your work all from one device. And in the future, everyone will have a high-quality smartphone.
The only thing I teach kids is the principles of composition. To focus on the edges of the frame when making images. To get a clean background. Very simple stuff.
But I tell them, to wander and photograph whatever their gut or intuition tells them to.
4. No-brain photography
When you go out to make photos; don’t use your brain.
Rather, follow your gut. Your intuition.
Also consider, if you were a kid— would you shoot with a high-end digital DSLR camera, or a Leica? Probably not. Just a little point and shoot, or a smartphone.
Turn off your brain when you shoot. Turn off your phone, or if you shoot with it, turn it to airplane mode.
Photograph colors, textures, shapes, forms, people, and whatever you consider ‘street photography.’
5. How to shut off your inner-censor
First of all, when you’re making photos, don’t think whether it will be a good or bad photo. Just photograph whatever interests you.
Secondly, only use your brain when you go home and you judge your photos according to your own standard.
Thirdly, set your camera to ‘P’ or Program mode. Don’t use any fancy technical settings. Just ask yourself, ‘If I were 8 years old, how would I want someone to set up the camera for me?’
And lastly, just have fun. Explore the world— the entire concrete jungle is your playground.
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