Quick Update

Hello everyone. I haven’t posted on here in a couple days, and I have a reason behind this. I didn’t forget about the site altogether, actually it was the opposite of that. I’ve been thinking of something to post on here, though, my mind’s a blank. In fact, it’s been a blank on just about everything creative for the past week or two.

As you might know, I’ve still been posting to Redbubble. The latest picture being that of a giraffe’s neck. Well, that’s an old photo that I took. So nothing new creative-wise there. The next shots are that of the woods and reflections of water. Those are new. My aunt took me to the woods to take some photos, at which time, I hurt my leg walking down a hill. It’s fine now, but I think it has me in a rut. I don’t know where to go from here.

Does anyone else get this way? I feel like I’m not as good of a photographer for this. I should always be able to come up with something to photograph. But I can’t. I’m not doubting myself…I just can’t find anything.

But don’t get me wrong. I think there’s a photo in everything, I just…can’t find it. Sometimes you have to search a bit harder than others to find the photo, but it’s possible to find it.

I will keep updating my Facebook and Twitter, and Redbubble often. I might start putting my photos of my drawings on deviantART, just to keep up on there, but I don’t think much will happen there, so, nothing much will be updated on it.

Thank you all for reading. I hope you all never give up, and don’t ever forget your dreams.

Stepping Out Of Your Comfort Zone

There’s nothing wrong with staying with the same thing for a while. At least not in my opinion. I’m used to taking good shots of flowers or something like that. I’m not so used to getting “good” tree shots quite yet, and anything else is usually out of my mind. I don’t do it. But recently, as we all know, the flowers have become wilted, and the trees have lost their leaves. The beginning of winter is upon us, and that kind of ruins the whole “let’s get pretty shots of flowers!” kind of thing, not that that’s how I think, but you get the idea.

So, what do you do when your specialty isn’t really around for a while, or say you move to a place where there isn’t your specialty, no matter what it might be? You step out of your comfort zone, and you start taking photos of whatever you see. That doesn’t mean you have to take a lot of crappy snapshots. It just means, get creative, and don’t be afraid to do something different!

Different is not a bad thing, remember that. Especially in photography. People don’t want to look at the same old photos year after year. So come up with something good! Hope you all have a nice day! Thanks for reading!

Newest Favorite

I was out taking some shots a few days ago, when I got this one. It almost hurt me actually. I was standing on two angled stepping stones on a small hill, twisting my torso to bend down to get this shot. But once I saw the shot on the camera, I knew that this was my new favorite.

It’s so simple, and I love how only a bit of it is actually in focus. So, if you like this, please tell me. Even if you don’t like it, tell me some ways it could improve! Thanks!

Goals and Dreams

I remember, getting older, and having assignments about what we wanted to be when we grew up. I used to always have the biggest dreams, or the craziest goals. I won’t go into detail about what exactly they were, but there were some that were pretty weird for a 12 or 13 year old.

Since then, my goals have changed. Not because people have told me to change them, though. I just felt that I’ve “out-grown” them. No more crazy, “I want to be a firefighter on the moon” type things. (Not that I ever had that dream, just using it as an example.) And by “out-growing” them, I’ve found what I really want.

But I remember, when I did have those crazier dreams, that all the time, people would tell me, “You can’t do that.” “You’re never going to make it.” Or something along those lines. For a while, I did give up on my dreams, and I felt like I was going nowhere, even at such a young age. I even remember in a class, saying what my dreams were, and just listening to the roar of laughter that proceeded my speech of my deepest goals. It was heartbreaking.

But I never gave up because of others. I don’t think I ever “gave up” on them. I just moved on. So always remember, don’t give up on your dreams and goals, because someday you might end up becoming what you wanted. It will be worth it, if you just keep at it!

Thanks for reading!

Looking Down

Say you’re online, on an art sharing/selling site that you use quite often. Every day, you check your own statuses, and your photos, and see that you’re getting comments, favorites, views, and even some sales. You feel proud of yourself, which you should.

But then, you start to look at other people’s work. There’s not a problem with that, but as you look, you start to feel discouraged. Someone, or so it seems, is a better photographer than you, or a better painter, better writer, or whatever art form you’re in. There always seems to be someone “better” than you out there.

Truth is, at least the way I see it, we’re all equal. I don’t think that anyone is a better photographer than anyone. Everyone has different skill levels, true, but no one is “better”. And this is because we’re all still learning. There’s not one person in the world that can honestly say that they’ve learned all there is to learn about photography. We’re all still…”students”. No one will ever know all there is to know about photography.

So, back to looking down on your work. Don’t. And don’t give up. Because like I said, there’s going to be others out there who are more popular than you, and the photo itself might be more popular, but yours will get there. I myself have looked down on my work, but I’ve never given up. I won’t. I refuse to. And that’s because I know we’re all just out here to get a good photo, and to be who we are as artists!

Thanks for reading! I hope I helped!

Creative Slumps

Everyone goes through them, I know. I’ve been the victim of a million different creative slumps. Whether it’s with photography, writing, drawing, you name it, there comes that “block”. Not everyone can be productive 24/7. Not everyone has the capability of producing “good” work all the time. And by good, I mean to the artists’ eyes.

When I’m in these kinds of slumps, I tend to want to ask others for help. But I feel that I shouldn’t. I don’t feel that it’s their job to guide me to do what I do best. That’s my job. Although I might want help, I don’t need it. Not saying that help is a bad thing. If you need help, by all means, take it, get some. But for me, I don’t take it. At least not with photography. And that’s because like I said earlier, it’s not their job.

I believe that the “audience” should view the work, comment on the work, and who knows, possibly even buy it, too. But I don’t think that they, unless asked by the artist, should say “You should do this!” Though there’s absolutely no problem with opinions, in fact, I love to hear them! And if someone tells me something along the lines of, “Well, you should do _______”, I take it into consideration. I’ve produced many excellent photos because of my Dad saying, “Well, why don’t you shoot from this angle?”

So, the point I’m trying to get to is that help is a wonderful thing for anyone! It’s just that sometimes, as an artist, I feel like I shouldn’t take it. Like it’s not their problem to deal with, and that I can do it.

Maybe I’m looking at it wrong, I don’t know. But leave your comments and tell me what you all think! Thanks for reading!