Dare more in your photography, and you will make better photos.

What is Daring Photography?

To dare means to take a risk.

For example in street photography, when you see a scene you’re interested in shooting, but you’re afraid that you might piss off the person, or might offend them. Or perhaps they might get physically or verbally violent with you.

But that’s what risk is about. The risk that there might be personal danger to you.

I think this is what makes street photography so interesting and challenging:

It is one of the most daring forms of photography which exists.


Fear is good.

I was looking back at my older work, and chose photos in which were very difficult for me to shoot; difficult to shoot because I was scared to shoot the photo, but I shot it anyways.

Once again:

Shoot photos that you’re afraid to shoot; shoot it in spite that you’re afraid.

Let Fear motivate you

This is an idea:

Photographs you’re afraid to shoot will probably turn out to be the most interesting or powerful images.

The reason why you’re scared to shoot:

You want to shoot it, but you’re afraid of the negative consequences.

A photo that doesn’t have any potential negative consequence is easy to shoot; landscapes, flowers, etc.

I think this is why we are so attracted to street photography: we are dare-devil photographers.


Takeaways

So some practical ideas:

  1. Shoot more daring and risky photos. It won’t guarantee it will be a good photo, but if you feel your adrenaline rushing before you shoot a photo, it is probably a good sign.
  2. Take more bold risks in your photography; not just street photography. Try more bold types of compositions in portrait or fashion photography. Try to innovate with new techniques that others might not like.
  3. The more scary or difficult it is to shoot a certain type of photo; the rarer it is. Thus, the more difficult photos you shoot, the more unique and interesting they will be.

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