How to Handle a Bad Day in Photography

Like it or not, it is going to happen. Even the best photographers in the world have bad days when the creative juices are not flowing, when the shots are not coming together. They do not just pack it in when that happens, though. You can always salvage a tough day if you have the right attitude and the right approach to your work. This great video tutorial follows a photographer when he experiences such a day and shows you what he does to power through it and still come home with worthwhile shots. 

Coming to you from Thomas Heaton, this excellent video follows him as he experiences a bad day and works to still make it productive and enjoyable. One of the hallmarks of the best photographers (particularly in a genre like landscape photography, where conditions do not always cooperate) is the ability to plan in advance and have a shot in mind but still remain flexible and willing to improvise a bit if necessary. A bad day often becomes much worse when we try to force a shot into fruition when it just is not there, as it only compounds the frustration and keeps us from discovering a new creative vein; after all, it is often in these moments where we are made to improvise where we forge new paths. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Heaton. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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