1. Always have a cameraThis is one of the most widely known and longest held tips for taking more photos is to always have a camera with you. While that could be a smartphone (and is certainly one of the biggest arguments for Mobile phone street photography) it could also be a standalone camera. Recently, I’ve been taking my camera with my less as it is now hot enough that I don’t take my coat and can’t put my camera in my pocket (as I do with a coat). So I’m vowing to take my camera with me all the time again.
2. Prioritize shootingIf something is important, prioritize it. That means choosing to do it above other options. It means making sure you go shooting before you do other things. It also means that when you plan to do some, you plan your shooting first. If you really want to take more photos, you are to prioritize shooting.
3. Plan when you will shootBuilding on from that point, it can help to plan and set aside specific time to go shooting. If you just wait for there to be a free moment, in a busy week you’ll find there are none. So instead, plan specific time on specific days to go shooting and don’t let anything stop you.
4. Publish (and write) fewer blog postsThis is a personal one. Back in February I took a break from blogging about photography so that I could take more photos. I knew I didn’t have much time so I wanted to prioritize my shooting during that month. It really helped and made sure that I took more photos. For you this might not be relevant but there could be some similar things for you, such as not sharing Instagram posts or other social media updates.
5. Take care of your body (in my case knees)For a while I’ve had bad knees and every now and again I either hobble about all day or in some cases just can’t really walk comfortably. This either makes it harder for me to walk around or just makes me want to stop and rest for the rest of the day. Taking good care of my knees helps to avoid this issue and the same is true of my whole body. If I get ill then I’m going to be out of action for time when I don’t want to be.
6. Collect and seek inspirationMotivation is closely linked to inspiration. When you see an amazing photo or hear an fellow streettog talk, it gives you a passion for shooting. So making sure that you have inspiration at hand is very useful. Some ways you can find inspiration include
- chatting with other street togs
- looking at great photos (like in MondayMasters)
- checking out photography books
- listening to podcasts