My practical tips on how to become a more productive photographer:
1. Delete Instagram
After deleting my Instagram, I have probably become 100x more productive in my photography.
No Instagram means fewer distractions. No worrying about likes, followers, or other silly metrics for “success”/progress.
Now I’ve been shooting more photos than ever, publishing more photos than ever, and having more fun than ever!
Nothing better than drinking a strong cup of black coffee before walking around to shoot.
Caffeine is a performance enhancing drug that seems to also work very well in photography. Street photography is very active; with a good coffee buzz I see more, I feel more confident when shooting photos, and I have more energy and vigor.
3. Lightroom CC
I’ve been using Lightroom CC (the new one) on my laptop with great results! It is so much faster than the Classic Lightroom, and the presets are awesome (high contrast and detail).
The program is simplified, which has helped speed up my photo workflow look through my photos, select my photos and export my photos.
4. Ricoh GR II in front pocket
RICOH GR II x ERIC KIM WRIST STRAP has helped me make more photos. Whenever I leave the house, I always have the RICOH GR II in my front jeans pocket, and I’ve seen so many more photo opportunities and as a result I’ve been shooting more!
It seems that having a pocketable camera is one of the best ways to shoot more!
If you want to produce and share more photos, I’m such a huge fan of the “tiled galleries” function in WordPress.
The benefit of galleries is this:
It is so fun to categorize/organize/collage your photos based on similar content matter, subject matter, colors and tones.
6. Photo and video
Don’t be stuck in just photo, also shoot video!
Video is another great way to express yourself. Video (and audio) can capture more than mere photo.
Considering most cameras can shoot both video and photo, why not leverage both?
7. No finality
There is no final truth or answer in photography. There is no such thing as a perfect photo, a perfect project, or a final state you need to achieve as a photographer.
Allow yourself to shoot anything and everything, and enjoy the process of the “eternal becoming” as a photographer, visual artist, and philosopher-poet!
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