Why A Photo Journal Is Important / by Brian Suman

First thought; best thought

Lately, I have been stating in other blogs and posts to “capture what grabs your attention”. To be spontaneous with the camera and not think too much on it before you talk yourself out of the shot not knowing that the concept, ‘first thought; best thought’, had been around for years. The concept is based on our first thought is usually the boldest and is not immediately influenced by the analytical part of the brain. In short, your natural state of mind is usually clear and the first thing you see can ‘grab your attention’.

Create a photo journal to expand your photography.

So, where am I going with this and how does it help you as a photographer?

A photo journal, or whatever you want to call it, is a way for you to have fun and think freely using the camera you most likely have on you. Your phone. You can definitely use your DSLR or mirrorless camera but most of the time that may not be with you and the goal of this exercise is not necessarily nail a great shot but more to be a teaching aid. If you nail a great shot then BONUS.

What you are trying to obtain is a discipline in practice but more importantly a database of images to help you better understand what you are more drawn to, help you find your niche', or just affirm where your eye is most drawn to when shooting.

A database of random images can tell you so much more about your interests.

A database of images can help you realize are drawn to…

Textures

Patterns

Negative space

Certain objects like coffee cups, cars, architecture, etc.

People in the street

Certain colors

And on and on and on.

I encourage you to try a daily journal of images especially if you are in a rut or still trying to find your niche or style of photography. Even if you are a professional photographer, this is a great way to break away from the routine of business and have fun with what you love to do.

Take pictures.

Capture what grabs your attention.


B

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