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If you have photographer’s block, or lacking inspiration to shoot— set a timer for 25 minutes, and do nothing but photograph for those 25 minutes.

Thank you to Cindy for the idea.

The Pomodoro Technique

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When I used to have writer’s block; I used a technique called the ‘pomodoro technique.’ The same concept— you set a timer to 25 minutes, and work nonstop on one task for 25 minutes, and then you take a 5 minute break. That is called 1 ‘pomodoro.’ It is called the ‘pomodoro’ technique, because the man who started it used a tomato-shaped kitchen timer (pomodoro is a tomato).

I know a lot of people who use the pomodoro technique to overcome resistance, and get more work done. It works well for Cindy.

I no longer use the pomodoro technique; but I think it might work well in photography.

3 steps: Photography Pomodoro Technique

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Here is how to do the ‘pomodoro’ photography technique:

  1. Set your smartphone timer to 25 minutes, and set it to airplane mode.
  2. Go to an area you want to photograph, and only photograph for 25 minutes.
  3. Stop photographing once your timer buzzes.

I think this will help you overcome any sort of resistance, or creative blocks in your photography.

Try it out, and see if it helps you.

Always,
Eric

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