Why You Should Stay On Top of Yourself and Shoot as Much as Possible

Why You Should Stay On Top of Yourself and Shoot as Much as Possible

I feel like I write a similar article every few months, but this whole theory I have about going and shooting is something that just continues to benefit me day after day. Of course it can be challenging to always go out and shoot or to always even just want to shoot. I know some of us are young, some of us have other jobs, some of us have families or some of us do photography as a hobby... Regardless, going out to shoot as much as you can is something that can be extremely valuable as a photographer.

Practice:

Practice makes perfect and you won't ever get better if you don't practice. My drone has been one of the most important things for me to get better at and the more I fly on my own, the better and more comfortable I feel with it. I now fly an Inspire 2, which definitely took some time to get used to, but after about 6 months of flying day after day, I can navigate her through a tight backyard or even indoors with some good confidence. I am able to trust her while she is up flying far away and even when something goes wrong with the technology. If it weren't for me practicing as much as I do, I wouldn't feel as comfortable at jobs or out flying for my own personal good.

Content/Promotion:

I never thought the day would come that I would write about this because I myself don't have a huge following but believe it or not, one of the reasons I try to shoot as much as I do is so I can post content to Instagram. Every time I go out and shoot, it is a goal to get images that meet my standards that I can actually go ahead and use. This doesn't happen all the time, which means that I need to keep shooting to gather content I like. By doing this, I am able to have content I can store so that if I don't have time to go out and shoot one day, I would still have content to post. The reason I do this now is because a good buddy of mine has been doing really well with Instagram and says it is important to post more than less. I don't want to overdo it, but I do want my page to be filled with content that shows the work I do. Aside from myself, I think that this is important for everyone to do because by no means is it easy. If you are looking to challenge yourself and not worry about one of those 365 challenges, try posting content you like 5-7 times a week.

Conclusion:

I can say that this is more of a personal thing that I have been working on, however, I can see this helping out a lot of people. I have been noticing more people doing the same thing and the fact that I am able to notice it is a great thing because that means that their content is getting in front of me more... which also means that I am remembering who they are because of what they post. Not every photo is going to be the most amazing thing ever, not every photo is going to get as many likes as you would like it to, but what is important is that you are putting out work that you are proud of and that your page is able to reflect you and the work you do. So if you don't shoot as much as you know you can and you find yourself making an excuse here and there, try to change that and see what you are capable of!

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4 Comments

hey, I really like your drone shots, especially the first one of the highway :) I don't have a drone but my son does and I might just push him to use it everyday as you advise. He is always worried about the thing and it sits on the dining room table like a honored guest.

Ty Poland's picture

Thank You!! Definitely encourage him to use it more because there is a lot you can do with these drones now and they will only continue to get better and better. Just make sure you are following all of the laws to stay out of trouble with the FAA and you are in the clear!

Brandon Ericksen's picture

Thanks for the pep talk, I for one really needed it...

Ty Poland's picture

Not a problem! Hope it helps!