Focus on where you are, not where you’d rather be

Boredom is something every photographer faces to some degree. For me, it is a boredom of always shooting the same locations. Then I realised, this gives me a unique advantage.

As an avid Instagram user, I follow many of the well-known greats. @brahmino@helloemilie@mrbenbrown. These are talented photographers, always traveling and always seeing the greatest and best the world has to offer.

However, there is a pitfall here. Seeing these amazing photos as a standard lifestyle creates the expectation that your own photography should match it. Often times, that’s simply not possible.

Apart from the fact that the world’s top photographers travel and get an incredible variety to their photos, they also only visit the most beautiful places, posting only a handful of photos from the environment your entire portfolio rises from.

“If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff.”

~ Jim Richardson

Then I came to the realisation that everyone will get bored with doing the same things over and over again. Even living in and photographing Iceland could get boring (which seems crazy to me).

The simple truth is that us, as everyday photography enthusiasts, can’t travel as much as the world’s most famous. But this gives us a unique advantage.

I live near a beautiful beach called Palm Cove. Looking out over the sunrise, a couple of islands in slight and enjoying the warm breeze is an amazing way to kick off your day.

But there’s a problem. I’ve photographed this beach before and this somehow makes one of the world’s most beautiful locations boring.

So, what’s the solution?

Being in such close proximity to these beautiful locations gives me (and you) a unique advantage to work the hardest out of all the local photographers and take the best damn photo of Palm Cove anyone has ever seen.

This might mean getting up at sunrise 100 times to capture the right light, it might mean working to be the most creative, the most imaginative or the most technically proficient.

As everyday creatives, we are afforded an opportunity most traveling photographers don’t get. The chance to retake a photo because of bad weather, or a technical issue.

So as an encouragement to the lovers of photography who are getting bored with their same old surroundings, you have an advantage that most miss out on.

Use it.


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