People in general, photographers specifically, tend to find their own way of doing things. This is natural and very understandable, but is also counterproductive as far as art goes, photography included.
It’s very easy to find one’s way in one’s own playground: for example, I feel quite secure when shooting in the locations and surroundings I know and love. I thrive on getting low and close to the foreground, on leading the viewer’s eye to faraway mountains and on shooting Arctic landscapes, ice caves and auroras. After all, I do it for a living and have spent years fine-tuning these abilities and perfecting my skill in the field. But isn’t getting something perfect just another name for settling in one’s comfort zone, never to leave again?
The more you do what you are accustomed to, and the better you do it, the harder it is to get out. As it is with other aspects of life, why work hard if you can do the same thing (at least to some extent) over and over again? Changing your ways and getting out of your comfort zone is hard. You will need to develop a new set of skills all over, you will have to make mistakes. But there is an upside to all this: you will grow as an artist.
Luckily, there are many ways to get out of your comfort zone. You can just shoot a totally different topic – why not try street photography? But there are also ways to do it while remaining in your field... [vision_notification style="tip" font_size="20px"]Read the whole article inside issue 68.[/vision_notification]