What do all of these photos have in common?
First of all, I’d have to say, I think they’re pretty good photos. Probably not my best work, but still pretty nice. Second, they were all shot on my commute to/from work.
For the past two years I’ve lived abroad and it’s been kind of easy mode for photography. So much new and different things to experience. Exotic wildlife, chaos of the city, tranquility in the countryside, no city lights to impede astronomy photos where I lived, new cultural events all the time, etc.
Now I live in Boston. I wake up at 7:30AM and walk to work. At 5:00PM I leave work and go home, usually too tired to do much else. Weekends I fill with other hobbies or chores and don’t have so much time for easy mode photography these days. Sound familiar?
You don’t have to just resign yourself to never having time to take photographs. I haven’t and neither should you. Here are some things I’ve found so that I can incorporate photography into my daily life.
Tips to Incorporating Photography into your daily life
If the shooting conditions aren’t ideal or the weather’s bad, don’t put your camera away! Rain creates reflections, snow changes the color of everything, night time calls for long exposures (think light trails), these are just a few examples, but you get the idea.
If you want to shoot long exposures, I suggest a smaller tripod that can go with you such as Pedco UltraPod II Lightweight Camera Tripod or a Gorillapod.
Take your headphones out, be aware of what’s going on. Maybe a loud noise causes people to react in a certain way or there’s something exciting going on.
Leave a bit earlier, walk/drive a bit more slowly. Pull over to the side of the road if you see a cool shot.
If you start to run out of things to take pictures of, add something new into the mix. Focus on texture/tonality and shoot just black and white, aim to take macro shots, look at things from different angles/heights, think outside the box.
I’ve been walking the same route every day for almost a month now and I’ve yet to go longer than a day or two without taking a picture or two that I like.