The hardest thing as a photographer or artist: how to fight the friction or “resistance” of reality.
I. Frictionless camera
A tip to make more photos: make your camera as frictionless as possible.
For example, make your camera technical settings automatic. For digital, I shoot in P, program mode. Center point autofocus. I set it and forget it.
To have less friction to make photos, make your camera smaller. If you have a hard time shooting street photos because your DSLR is so heavy, use a point and shoot or your iPhone.
I know for myself, the heavier my camera, the less likely I am to take it with me everywhere I go. Therefore I make fewer photos.
The bigger my camera, the harder to carry or fit into my bag. Therefore, a small camera is desirable. The smaller, the better. This is why I love the RICOH GR II, it fits in my front pocket. Or this is why I’m a fan of shooting with your phone– it’s always with you.
II. Aerodynamic photography
The best way to make a faster sports car: make it more aerodynamic. Make it easier to slice the air.
A car that is a box will have to fight friction of the air. Rather than fight the air, just flow with it.
For example, a Lamborghini is the perfect car in terms of aerodynamics. It slices the wind, rather than trying to ram the wind like a Hummer.
To make yourself more aerodynamic as a photographer, several ideas:
- Shoot more photos during your commute
- Shoot close to home, avoid traveling far to shoot photos.
- Make good photos at home.
Also some other ideas:
- Lose body fat: less body fat, less weight, you can shoot longer and further without fatigue
- Take the stairs whenever possible: strengthen your muscles in your legs, to build strength to shoot for a long time.
- Lighten your bag: when in doubt, throw it out. Don’t carry superfluous stuff with you when you’re out shooting.
III. JUST SHOOT IT.
No but real talk, having a wrist strap is good. Hold the camera in your hand as much as possible, if you want to shoot more.
Also when in doubt,
JUST SHOOT IT.
Often we overthink photography. Think less, and shoot more.