As this year comes to a close, I wanted to share a couple tips on making photos you will be happy about.  This probably applies to more that just photography, but that's what I use it for.

  1. Stop worrying about if someone else will like it.  When all you do is make photos to satisfy critics, you're missing out on one of the best aspects of photography, self discovery.
  2. Grab your camera, go for a walk, and leave your phone at home, or at least in airplane mode. We're so easily distracted.  You'll never get a shot you love if you walk past it staring down at you phone.
  3. Stop over analyzing your work. It's good to be self critical but don't get hung up on the shots you're not happy about.  Use that time to explore and make something new.
  4. Explore your world. Walk, ride, drive, sail, or fly somewhere new.  Sometimes it's really difficult to pull inspiration from your every day surroundings.  Go somewhere you've never been.  Even if it's down the street, and you'll be amazed at what you find. 
  5. Develop a sense of adventure. This is possibly the most important thing you can do to improve your ability to create and your sense of being.  Choose the unknown when you can.  You may find something wonderful or terrible and either way it usually makes a good story.
  6. Put down your camera.  Don't pressure yourself to shoot constantly.  If you're not feeling it, no big deal.  

Happy new year!