Every time we pick up a camera, we have the opportunity to exercise our creative expression through photography. The subjects we choose. The lighting that attracts us. The lenses we use. The shooting angles that appeal to us. The camera settings we select. What we decide to do with our images in post. All of these factors help facilitate our creative expression through photography.
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How far we push our creative expression through photography is a very personal decision. It is something that we define for ourselves. It doesn’t come from others.
We can choose to set rigid photographic boundaries for ourselves and work diligently within them. With this approach our growth as a photographer can come from incremental… but meaningful, improvement.
Looking at photography with a historical context is another option we can choose. We can study and learn from the work of great photographers like Ansel Adams, Yousuf Karsh, Henri Cartier-Bresson and a host of others.
Pursuing a journalistic orientation may be beneficial. It can force us to capture the world around us in a gritty and unvarnished way.
We could list many other orientations. No one photographic approach is better than another. They’re just different. People should pursue their photographic passions in ways that are both personally challenging and fulfilling.
Assessing others based on our own photographic approach is counterproductive. We have no way of knowing the creative intent of another photographer. Or understanding the choices they made to bring their vision to life. Judging the photographs created by others is an exercise in subjectivity. When we find ourselves being judgemental and critical, we still have an opportunity to grow. Our personal preconceptions define our subjective framework. The key is to recognize them for what they are.
Every time each of us display our images to the public… we take a risk. Photography chat rooms are full of trolls that are quick to pounce on the work of others. Quite aggressive and mean spirited comments are common. We have the choice to internalize these comments, or simply shrug them off and pay them no heed. The first choice inhibits us… the second one liberates us.
At the end of the day the only thing that really matters is that we follow our creative passion… whatever that happens to be.
Each of us grows every time we push our creativity. Every time that we work to hone our craft. Every time we try something new.
If we want to grow… we need to take risks. We need to challenge our existing beliefs about photography. We need to identify the limits we place upon ourselves and our creativity.
None of us will reach our potential in life if we hide timidly in a corner. Life is meant to be lived. Creative expression through photography is available to all of us.
We can choose to challenge ourselves to be limitless creators. It begins with us going out with our cameras for the simple joy of creating! Allowing ourselves to be fully immersed in the moment and letting our creativity flow. When we do… we live that day as an artist. Remember, there is only one worthwhile competition in life. It is with our own best self.
All photographs were captured hand-held using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. All images were produced from RAW files using my standard process, as well as some additional image customization that was done in post. Readers who viewed my last article will have already seen many of the flower images featured in this posting.
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