I’ve been posting Instagram everyday recently, from the end of January.
I call it “Every day challenge!”
So far, I can keep doing this challenge for a month.
Here is the rule.
・One picture a day.
・No food, no selfie.
・DSLR photo only
・should be post a new pic. (pics from my archives is OK, but it should not be published yet. )
Maybe a little late my new year’s resolution? haha.
Actually I’ve taking so much time for one piece of pic for finalizing the image.
In the filed, I always carry a tripod, shooting with long-exposure, recently plus panorama. After that a heavy post process is waiting for me. Though, after the long process and self examination, I put many photos into my archives ; which labeled as “not qualified to published”
It’s partly sure those attitude have made my style of photography, but on the other hand, it has gradually taken a feel of “joy” for photography from me.
Last year I did not take pictures very much, since I lost interest toward architectures nor black and white photography. Maybe it was kind of a creative block: No interest, no motivation, could not find the meaning of my photography.
One day, I thought if I die, now my “not qualified” photos never show up, and would go to grave yards (or just be thrown out with my PC as a rubbish)
So I tried to change my thought: Forget about my style, forget about awards, forget about black and white or color. Just grab my camera, going outside, taking a photo, just share, just enjoy photography with everyone.
I decided to share a pic a day. In that fashion Instagram is very suitable place.
Then I found that posting a pic a day is pretty hard activity.
Since it’s every day basis, it’s not enough for choosing a pic from my archives.
Thus it makes me more shoot, more go outside.
Anyhow tomorrow will come, they can’t wait.
So a pic tends to go with less post-process, just a quick edit with Lightroom. Sometime editing by Photoshop is OK, but I don’t use it too much: an hour for a pic at most.
It’s my rule for this challenge.
Go outside, take a photo and go publish. I want it be simple.
Just after I published a pic, soon I started to think next one.
What’s subject next?
Where’s next location?
How’s weather in the weekend?
How about using this lens?
I’ve forget about those feeling for a long time, which I always could feel when I just started photography.
photography is “fun”. I can feel that again.
For me, now, “Instagram” is kind a journal: not for a promotion place, nor a formal gallery of my photography.
Watching Instagrams feeds remind me:
“Oh! I shot the subject at that time”
“Oh, I had that lens! the lens was so good, but I already sold it…, Gah!”
“I haven’t been there for a while…. I’ll visit next week”
“What happens there now?
A picture makes me recall many things, and makes me think, and this is important, keeps me going.
I guess many will suffer “creative block” at certain point in your photography life.
For me “a pic a day ” really works.
So if you feel don’t want to do photography, just take a photo and post it a daily basis.
don’t think too much. Don’t care the number of “like”.
Just see the world with your camera.
I’m sure it surely keep you back to the joy of photography.
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