Keeping Your Muse Alive

There have always been moments when a photographer brings his creative best out and amuses himself. The problem is that for a lot of us, these moments are short-lived – much like a flash of genius. Once you have given out your best work to the world the expectations always run high. To cater to these expectations a photographer must always keep improving. To do this, a photographer needs some food for creative thought. Nature in its prime is the most inspirational muse you can ever.

Do you remember the time you used to practice on your Kazam balance bike to perfect the art of balancing. With a photographer striving to make it big, it is very important to find the perfect balancing act. The right balance between work and creative thoughts is a must. If you make a trip to lush green fields and live there for a while, you would probably be able to come back with a fresh outlook to life – thus helping your work get better.

Source : Tyke Biker

Source : Tyke Biker

A way that does not include thoughts of balance bike includes reading. Surprisingly, reading has helped a lot of photographers improve their work. Right from fiction to Terence McKenna’s psychedelic works, you can find absolutely everything in the world of books to enhance your creativity and keep your work going with better motivation.

Taking breaks is much under-rated. A good break can de-stress and can help the mind think in a different way altogether. A short trip down the beach over a weekend has been scientifically identified as one of the best ways to free your mind of obnoxious thoughts. Hills come second in the list and are absolutely refreshing for a mountain person. You can simply drive down to one of these places and set up a camp – to be under the sky with only your thoughts for company. Silence is golden and sometimes all you need is some silence.

As a budding photographer, it is highly recommended for you to spend a few weeks with a good and experienced photographer. Living with an experienced photographer would help you learn the tricks of the trade and get a hang of how they manage to come up with fantastic work time and again. You needn’t necessarily lead a similar lifestyle but can definitely pick up a lot from a senior member of the fraternity.

Mountain Photography

Photography: Out in the Wild

Only those passionate about photography would understand the importance of a sunny day. Photography is an art that comes across best when merged with the nature. Being out in the wild doesn’t just help you get your best shots but also inspires the photographer in you. New ideas come rushing to you if you are out there chasing a trail in a hilly area. A great way to find your muse is to simply pack up and hit the highway to get to an obscure hill or go camping for a few days.

Mountain Photography

Photography in the wild.

X Marks the Spot

If you’re on a project and need to set off to locations outside the city, you need to plan your trip properly in order to get into that zone where you can give your best. Make sure that you take your bicycle around to reach places where your car would not allow you to go. You can use a hitch mount bike rack and mount it on your car to take your bike along.  The advantage of a bike is that you can get better angles and views from specific locations in a hilly area. However, in order to do this, you need to ensure that your equipment is properly packed and is safe as you carry it in your backpack when on your bike.

A lot of photographers simply practice mountain biking for the thrill of it. Capturing moments of an adventure always comes across beautiful and if you have looked at some of the stock photos online, you can associate the possibility of a wonderful trip to it. Right from clicking pictures of exotic flowers to ravishing beaches, it is important to find the right footing and get on the right elevation. While you can trek to the right spots, a bicycle would help you do it faster.

Of course you need to be physically fit if you are to go to remote locations in the middle of nowhere. A good fitness routine would take you a long way and with projects that involve travel, you ought to be physically fit to take on the various challenges that you would confront with as a photographer in the wild. Make sure that all your equipment is perfectly fine and that you car and bike are serviced before you set off. If you’re mounting a bike rack, make sure that you leave no ends lose. Proper installation is extremely important, especially if you’re going to go off road. All in all, your bike and car can help you get to the best spots to click the most wonderful pictures.

Mountain Photography

Photography in the Mountains

When Mr. Wordsworth happened to notice daffodils, he must have wished he had a camera with him. Had he had a camera with him, I’m pretty sure his poem would’ve been much beautified with him having captured his muse on the camera. Unfortunately, the great artist was not a photographer. You on the other hand are a travel photographer – while you may not be blessed with Wordsworth’s poetic charm, you are still an artist – one who captures life in a moment for an eternity.

Photography in the mountains: Let the music come alive

How glorious a greeting sun gives the mountains and those who live in the mountains! As a travel photographer, it you’ve travelling in the mountains, you are in for a visual treat and there is no way you are going to not picture it. You camera has to be in perfect sync with your eyes and your ears need to be in perfect sync with music that inspires your artistic abilities. Carrying your music with you to the mountains as a photographer would make for a perfect setting.  I have always felt at peace in the wilderness of the mountains when I’ve plugged in my wireless Bluetooth speakers.

Mountains

I have often taken some of the most refreshing pictures with music flowing in my ears through to my soul. Of course, it isn’t metal music – that is for head banging dudes (you cannot afford to head bang if you’re taking a picture, can you?) but music that flows calm and swift – perhaps something like Carbon Based Life Forms or Entheogenic. Ambient music would be your best bet but blues or jazz too take the cake when it comes to ‘music for photography’.

The mountains would take you to endless trails and your legs wouldn’t tire, simply because of the wonderful scenery around you and the music brewing in your head to calm your nerves. Focus on the leafy waves of shades, the gushing river by your side and the melodious chirps in the air to find your best work.

I believe that if your first photography assignment is out there in the mountains, you are bound to have a heavy and a better learning experience. Soothing senses and a calm mind makes way for a firm hand and an aesthetic eye. All you need to do is wander around in the mountains and hold close to your wireless outdoor speakers to get the best clicks.

Your thoughts they know not,
Your thoughts they’d like to see,
Much like your camera’s next shot.

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A Letter to My Fellow Photographers

Dear peers,

You have probably been there done that. You have with you reels of stories to tell. You have taken the most tedious paths to get to the most beautiful flower. Unlike most of your childhood friends, adventure has been a regular feature of your life. My fellow photographers – your life has been a perfect work of art so far. You have not just captured moments but you have captured souls of memories.

My concern, however is not with these amazing photographers who have mastered the art of clicking pictures from the sky, but with their amateur peers – the ones who are learning to become masters someday; the ones who are making their way through tough terrains and uncharted waters in search of the most beautiful pictures.

Photography is an art children, and to respect this art, you have to respect what you want to capture – respect everything around you.

Throughout your career it would be this respect that would let things welcome you.  Alfred Stieglitz once said, “It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter.” This scenario stands true for those who want to become or are travel and street photographers. You social skills as a street photographers are the most important part of your job. As long as you would not click with people, you would never be able to take good pictures. The soulful camera only connects to happier people and you need to develop that skill as a photographer – the one that includes putting a smile on people’s faces. You may be dressed up to the nines and have the best camera backpack in town but as long as you’re not social enough, life is going to be tough!

Secondly, it is important for photographers to be comfortable in their attire. Comfortable dresses keep your body and mind relaxed, enabling you to focus on the lens-work. At the same time, your personality should carry what photography is all about. Having a style or flair to yourself is always a little helpful when meeting strangers on the road. Your camera backpack should be smart, with proper compartments for the various devices you’re carrying. Protection of your devices is always on the higher side with a good back pack.

Nature and Wildlife:

Nature and wildlife photography is the most challenging genre of photography. If you’re aspiring to be a wildlife photographer, you better make sure that you’re not one who throws stones at street dogs. ‘They’re animals alright but what makes you so goddamn sure that makes us human beings.’ Remember that being in sync with the nature is very important for you as a nature and wild life photographer. Absorbing the vibes and the energies of the place when you first get there would help you connect to the surroundings around you much better.

Getting too close to your subject could either be dangerous or could scare the subject away. In order to avoid such mishaps, blending into the surroundings is very important. At the same time it is important to be comfortable. Only settle for the best rated backpack, one of those DSLR camera backpacks which are built for hiking and have ample space and good protection. You can also purchase a backpack that can be customized as per the weight you want on your body.

As a photographer, you should follow the rules of the jungle and that of the society. The bottom line of being a great photographer is to respect your subjects. As long as you do that, you will turn out just fine children. After all a good snapshot keeps a moment from running away and you do not want to lose that moment.

Sincerely Yours,

A Fellow Photographer