Some ways I’ve been able to find more happiness in my photography:
1. Don’t take photography too seriously
First tip, don’t take photography too seriously. Have fun. Remember, the point of life isn’t to be a good photographer – it is to live a good life.
To me, photography should REMOVE stress, anxiety, and frustration from our life.
2. 15 minute walk can boost your mood
Walking around the block with your camera is a good natural way to release stress, and to enjoy fresh air. I used to go for 15 minute walks as a natural stress relief at my day job. Even 15 minutes with my camera was able to get me 10 photos that made me happy, and to also delay responding to the 50 unread emails in my inbox.
3. Less uploading and sharing photos
Do I make photos for myself, or my followers?
I started off at age 18 to make photos for myself. But then, I got addicted to social media, and would only hunt to get more favorites, likes, followers, and external affirmation.
4. Make more snapshots
Don’t just take “serious” photos. Make snapshots of personal memories. You’ll be glad that you did, to look back and reminisce on nice memories.
5. Put the camera away
The best tip, know when to NOT make photos.
I don’t take photo of fireworks, I enjoy the moment with Cindy. I don’t shoot my food, I enjoy the taste before it gets cold. I don’t take selfies with friends, I enjoy their presence.
Ultimate photography ZEN: don’t even need to make photos and enjoy your life.
To celebrate our love of books, we present to you HAPTIC PRESS BOX. The box includes all of our current HAPTIC PRESS books:
Only a limited number of HAPTIC PRESS BOXES will be available. We print in small artisanal print runs from California, so pick up a box before they run out.
HAPTIC PRESS BOOKS
BUY BOOKS, NOT GEAR
“Buy Books, Not Gear” by Eric Kim:
I love gear as much as the next guy. I always get suckered into thinking that if I buy a new camera, a new lens, or some new gadget– I will somehow be more creative, and inspired.
In reality, it never happens. All of my big breakthroughs in photography have been practicing (shooting a lot) and studying the master photographers. Especially buying photography books (lots of them). You are what you eat, if you look at lots of inspirational photography books, you will become inspired to make great images. I’ve regretted buying a ton of gear in the past, but have never regretted investing in photography books.
Also as an added bonus, here are some non-photography books which have influenced my life deeply:
- Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
- Antifragile by Nassim Taleb
- Letters From a Stoic by Seneca
- Tao Te Ching (Stephen Mitchell Version)
- Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
- Epictetus – Of Human Freedom
- Debt: The first 5,000 years
- The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz
- Seneca – On the shortness of life
- The Illiad
- Elon Musk Biography
- Steve Jobs Biography by Walter Isaacson
- The 4 Hour Workweek
- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
- Zero to One – Peter Thiel
- The Power of No – James Altucher
- The Obstacle is the Way – Ryan Holiday
Unleash your creative potential:
- April 10-11th, 2021: BOSTON / Discover Your Unique Voice in Photography Workshop [Register Intent Here]
- May 1-2nd, 2021: CHICAGO / Street Photography Composition Masterclass [Register Intent Here]
- May 22-22nd, 2021: NEW YORK CITY / STREET PHOTOGRAPHY MASTERCLASS by ERIC KIM [Register Intent Here]
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