Well, I just don’t think we covered all the excuses I wanted to in the last article. If you have not read that one yet, be sure to click here so you can do so. Then come back and allow me to debunk some more common excuses I hear far too often.
I don’t have any motivation
Boy, do I feel yah on this one. Believe me, I go through this phase all of the time. Hell, the reason I had so few posts these past few months was not because I had nothing to write but rather that I had no motivation to write. And there are even times where I feel like I should just sit in bed and do nothing all day. But I rarely do. And you should be the same way. Why? Because if you get up out of bed and go do something, you will eventually find yourself feeling more motivated and a lot better mentally. Motivation should be thought of as that word that is always at the tip of your tongue but never seems to want to come out. Sometimes you just need to go looking for it before you finally grab a hold of it. And when you finally do get it, you need to run with it. “Run like the wind, Forrest!”
The weather is too poor to take photographs
Yeah, sometimes the weather just does not want to play along. Especially as landscape photographers, we are often faced with terrible storms that threaten to trap us in the confines of our homes with nothing to do. Fear not, dear reader, for there are other options for you! Here are just a few things you can do instead of making this excuse:
Go brave the storm and get photographs of the poor weather. Some of my best photos have come from days when the weather is not the best.
Take photographs inside your home. If you have any plants, maybe try to photograph them in a unique way, making them look like giant trees or something clever like that. Test your creativity!
Yeah, but I need new gear for that subject then
Do you though? Have you seen all the ways you can create a macro lens out of the lens you have on your camera right now, without spending a dime? Go look it up on YouTube.
And if you keep thinking that you need new equipment, you are wrong. If you need something wider, consider taking a panorama of the scene, stitching it together in Lightroom or Photoshop. Need to get closer? So long as you have two working legs and aren’t about to fall off a cliff, try physically getting closer to your subject, even if it means recomposing. Consider cropping in post-production if you cannot physically get closer. Nowadays you can crop almost to 100% if you really need to, with little repercussion. Yeah, doing that comes with some downsides but still, it is always an option.
I don’t have any new subjects though
You don’t need a new subject every time you go out to shoot. I often find myself in the same location, shooting the same subject, multiple times a year. Ben Horne is a wonderful example of this, as he tends to travel to Zion National Park and Death Valley religiously and almost exclusively. Yet his portfolio is super diverse. While it may not include everything from mountains to dense forests to beaches to intimate subjects, it does include a great range of subjects that he makes work for himself. And by following his lead, you and I are able to create a portfolio just as good by visiting only one or two locations each year. Will it get tougher as time goes on to find unique subjects? Of course it will. But that does not mean that there aren’t reasons to revisit. Here’s an article on that – it may be helpful.
It’s just too gosh darn frustrating
If you find yourself getting easily frustrated by something not working out the way you want it to, you need to step away from whatever it is you are doing. Being an artist is tougher than nails, as the old-folks say. It is not for everyone. I do not say this to discourage you, however, as every artist out there finds themselves getting frustrated with their work from time to time. However, if the frustration of it all completely annihilates the enjoyment of it, then that path is simply not for you. So, if you find yourself being easily frustrated by what you are doing, step away from it for a bit. Remember that this is a process: nothing will ever happen overnight for you. Either you are in it for the long run, or you should not be in it at all. But I believe in you. I believe that you can overcome anything that you are faced with. Just push past it all and I know you will prevail.