Fear fucks us up in our photography. It paralyzes us.
Fear paralyzes us from making a photo of our subjects.
Fear paralyzes us from starting our own photography business.
Fear is the golden shackles which prevent you from flying to your fullest creative heaven.
Practical guidance to conquer your fears of shooting photography
First of all, realize you’re not doing anything wrong.
Second, realize that by photographing your subject, it is actually an act of love. You decide to CHOOSE them to photograph, because you find something unique and beautiful in them. If anything, they should be honored or humbled to be photographed by you.
Third, to shoot with more confidence, smile on the streets. People aren’t as intimated by you if you smile. And also when I smile when I’m shooting, I feel less self-conscious. I feel more confident when I’m smiling before shooting, during shooting, and after shooting.
Fourth, ask yourself… why do I make photos? For me, I make photos to uncover the hidden beauty of the world. Therefore I am doing a GOOD THING by documenting the world with my camera, eyes, heart, and soul.
Fifth, to shoot without fear… shoot before thinking. Thinking too much will hurt you in photography. Shoot first, think later when choosing your best photos.
Six, remember life is uncertain. Why fear making photos today or right now… when you know that you can be dead tomorrow? For me, knowing that I will die soon eliminates all my personal fears, barriers, and hesitations.
Seven, don’t take it too seriously. They’re just photos. By making a photo isn’t a big deal. You just point the camera, and click. You aren’t hurting anyone. You aren’t stealing their wallet. Whoever gets overly upset of being photographed either takes themselves too seriously. Or has something to hide.
Ultimately you’re trying to uncover some deeper truths, knowledge, insight, or beauty of humanity by making photos. You’re doing a good thing. Never forget that.
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