Assuming photography is our passion,, the question:
How do we do more of it?
1. See yourself as a ‘full stack’ visual artist
You’re not a photographer, you’re a visual artist. Thus, the world is your visual oyster. Treat yourself like a Picasso or a Leonardo da Vinci rather than a reductive ‘photographer’. If Leonardo were alive today, he would looooove the technology of the digital camera, and use it in his artistic and scientistic pursuits.
All creative outlets are good.
2. Travel more
Travel just literally means:
Leaving your home.
I find traveling as the ultimate stimulus to photography. Why? The more you get out of your home, the more you see and experience. And it doesn’t gotta be far … just go to your local InandOut burger, your local Costco, or just go on a short road trip somewhere. If you’re in the states, even a short flight somewhere closeby via Southwest as a great stimulus.
3. Becoming part of a photography community
Either in person or online. arsbeta.com as my humble attempt at an “decentralized online anti Social social media platform” for photographers.
Or you can attend in person photography workshops as a chance to meet other passionate photographers, and to join the social experience which is photography and street photography. Street photography as the way.
4. All photography is good photography
All photography is good. I say just shoot small JPEG and high contrast black and white, and photograph any and everything in your life. To do more photography means:
More opportunities, fewer ‘cliche’ and ‘already been done before’ notions.
5. Think less, shoot more.
Follow your gut. Follow your instincts. Perhaps better to intellectualize less, and just allow your animalistic instincts take over. To photograph like a wolf, and perhaps use our brain to later edit/select our photos.
Or like photographer Anders Petersen says:
Shoot with your gut, edit with your brain.
6. No truth, only tips
No ultimate truth. Just tips and suggestions. Anything that gets you going and moving and shooting is good!
Photo assignment ideas
- All black everything: Shoot your photos as dark as possible, and upload your best photos to arsbeta.com
- Have a chat with zen of ERIC KIM chat bot, and figure out why you make photos. Then perhaps write and publish a blog post on it.
- Make a digital e-book or zine of your best photos. Some examples– SEN E-ZINE // [Direct PDF], CHICAGO by KIM (PDF E-ZINE), PDF E-MAGAZINE: CUBA by ERIC KIM. You can make it with Google Slides and export as PDF, or use Affinity Publisher.
- Shoot video. Shoot 24fps in your camera (if possible) and make artsy videos and upload them to YouTube.
- Watch great cinema, and screenshot and practice compositional drawing over them.
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What’s on my mind
JUST SHOOT IT.
When in doubt, just shoot it.
Seek to supersede yourself and become more:
- TURBOCHARGE YOURSELF, TURBOCHARGE OTHERS.
- LIFE IS ALL UPSIDE, NO DOWNSIDE.
- PHOTO TURBO THOUGHTS
- No Such Thing as Good or Bad; Simply Stimulating or Not Stimulating
- The Best Genre is No Genre
- The Key to Photographic Motivation
- Pacifying Media, Motivational Media
- Our Hunger for New Experiences
- Mental Motivation
- ALL ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY.
- The Photographer as Creator
- Create *BEYOND* Yourself
- Let Your Curiosity Drive Your Photography
- LOVE YOUR PHOTOS.
- Abstract Monochrome Photography
- SHOOT WITHOUT THINKING.
- Just Have Fun With Photography
- Wu-Wei Effortless Motivation
- CONSISTENCY x NOVELTY
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- Face Photography
- How to Become More Self-Motivated in Your Photography
- YOUR OWN PHOTOS ARE THE BEST PHOTOS.
- On Sharing Your Favorite Photos
- Peak Photographic Productivity
- When to Review Your Photos
- Serotonin and Photos
- The Photos You Have Yet Shot are Your Most Important Photos
- 3 Tips How to Master Photography
- Do You Like Your Own Photos?
- The Beauty of Mundane, Everyday Moments
- Reasons Why to Be Optimistic About the Future
- A Photography-Full Future
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- How Many Photos Should You Shoot Everyday?
- Why Do We Love Motion?
- Now is Your Chance to Shoot History in the Making
- Photo by Photo
- How and Why Photography Remains So Interesting to Me
- How to Conquer Your Inner Photographic Critic
- Thoughts on HDR Photography
- New Year, New Photos
- Why Exhibit Your Photos?
- Photography is Visual Poetry
- What’s the Purpose of Art?
- Why Do We Photographers Have Such a Hard Time Staying Inspired and Motivated?
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- Philosophy of Weather
- How to Become a More Optimistic Photographer and Human
- You Are a Creative Photographer
- JUST SHARE YOUR ARTISTIC PROCESS WITH OTHERS.
- What Motivates Me to Shoot?
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- HOW TO MOVE AND MOTIVATE PEOPLE
- Autotelic Photography
- The more I go out and photograph the world, the more interesting and beautiful the world becomes
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- ERIC KIM MOTIVATION
- Why Am I So Unmotivated?
- EVERY DAY IS A NEW DAY
- WHY ARE YOU SO UNMOTIVATED?
- Movement is Motivation
- How to Motivate Myself to Make New Photos
- Never Stop Optimizing
- How to Help and Motivate Others
- Feed On Your Own Photos; Let Them Nourish You!
- Competition is for Suckers
- A Future Without Travel
- How Google Can Improve Your Photography
- DEVELOP YOURSELF.
- NEVER STOP MOVING!
- How I Self-Motivate Myself
- Every Day the Sun is Birthed Anew
- A Life Without Photography Isn’t a Life Worth Living
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- Tabula Rasa, Blank Slate, Carte Blanche
- LIFE IS THE ULTIMATE RPG
- HYPER VIGOR
- FRESH AIR PHOTOS
- WHO IS GONNA THRIVE IN TODAY’S BRAVE NEW WORLD?
- ARTISTIC OPTIMISM
- PASSION, not Discipline
- Better Bad Photos than No Photos
- The Empowering Feeling of Failure
- To Be Human is to Move
- Enjoy the Process
- Better Bad Photos than No Photos
- Why Keep Making New Art and Photos, Indefinitely?
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- Move First, Motivation Later
- Motivation Follows the Action
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- How to Have Inspiration to Take Photos in the Suburbs
- Anything that Motivates You to Move is Good!
- The Productive Photographer is the Happiest Photographer!
- Make Today Count!
- How to Break Through Photographer’s Block
- The Joyful Photographer
- The Dancing Photographer
- The Kaizen Process of Gradual Self-Improvement in Photography
- It is Your Duty to Make Beautiful Pictures!
- Making Pictures IS Happiness!
- NO EXCUSES.
- The Pomodoro Photography Technique
- The ABC of Photography
- Just Shoot It.
- How to Change the World With Photography
- How to Find Inspiration in Photography and Life
- How to Overcome Resistance
- Create Against the Past
- How I Motivate Myself to Make Photos
- Wear Your Camera Like a Necklace or Bracelet
- Have Your Photos Come to You
- How to Level Up in Your Photography
- How Not to Give a Fuck of What Others Think of You
- How to Overcome Procrastination in Your Photography
- How to Reinspire Your Photography
- What is Your Mission in Photography and Life?
- How to Overcome Photographer’s Block
- Be a Photographer Now
- How to Overcome Boredom with Photography
- Never Stop Growing as a Photographer
- Why Do You Need “Inspiration” to Shoot?
- Just Shoot.
- 5 Things to Do If You’ve Lost Your Passion for Photography
- How to Have Unshakeable Confidence in Yourself
- Don’t Give Up On Your Dream
- Don’t Waste Your Potential
- Unlock Your Potential
- Empower Others With Your Photography
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