As a Photographer You must Be Interested Not Interesting


This entire subject could really fill a book and could reasonably extend into a discussion on the meaning of life but… let’s just stick to photography.

As photographers we generally try find something interesting first, then take a shot right?

Thinking like that leaves you at a disadvantage because you are relying on external things to be interesting for you.

In other words you are waiting for something external to you to do all the work and provide you with the interest.

Change your viewpoint, go out and “be interested” in your surroundings and FIND something interesting to photograph or FIND something interesting about life to photograph.

By injecting interest into your life and environment you will not only begin to find endless opportunities photographically speaking but you may also notice your life gets better.

A good photographer is not going to just wander around waiting for something to interest him or her.

A good photographer will be actively seeking out things in which he or she can get interested in and find that special shot.

25 thoughts on “As a Photographer You must Be Interested Not Interesting”

  1. I needed this post. Thank you! I’m a changed photographer! Haha it is so easy to fall into .let me see what happens at the job. I find I am doing that too much. So thank you.

  2. It gets deeper than that, as I’d imagine you know or suspect. When we have a camera strapped to us, and the intention to capture It, whatever It might be, that mystery-thing behind nature that makes a photo art when we take a picture of it, the world wraps around our intention and shots begin to appear we, or I anyway, usually miss they happen so fast, but I’ve noticed another shot similar to the lost one will show itself soon after missing the first one, like the world gives us a second chance, and usually this time I get it because I’m waiting for it. In other words, the world will press to our camera and press again (and keep pressing) if you’re in that space you mention here, deeply interested in it itself and its take your breath away movement. Excellent post.

  3. Yes, thank you for this from me as well. This was a discussion around the campfire last week on a wilderness excursion. Donny’s comments also were a part of the discussion… then we (almost) missed the otters swimming by eating on fish

  4. This is so true! I have found that when I’m out looking for photos to take, I often find the best photos when I go beyond taking the first, obvious picture and I get curious. That’s when I start walking around my subject and really looking at it and the resulting images are usually far more interesting than the first ones that were taken of the first aspect of the subject that jumped out at me. Thanks for the post!

  5. I’ve been thinking about getting into photography because of outlooks like yours. Good photographers give perspectives on everyday things that most of us take for granted. Thanks for your article, it’s a good reminder.

  6. Thank you for joining my blog and you are a great photographer and story writer.

    Paulette Le Pore Motzko

  7. I am always looking for things to photograph, even stones on the ground, twisted tree branches, caterpillars, fallen leaves, whatever. I can always find something even when I am walking in an area I have walked in many times. Nature is always changing. In the past, I have missed some really good shots because I haven’t had my camera with me, so now it goes wherever I go. I’m not taking any chances any more.

  8. Isn’t that why we pick up a camera in the first place?
    Because as Photographers we have an inherent curiosity about life.
    But your right of course. We can’t find anything to shoot sitting in
    Bed All Day!
    We have to go out and “Hunt” for that one moment in time…

    Thank you for the Like btw………….

  9. Oh you are so correct in your saying “Change your viewpoint, go out and โ€œbe interestedโ€ in your surroundings and FIND something interesting to photograph or FIND something interesting about life to photograph.” I find to many times we do as people think we need to do and follow…
    I believe in just following what is right for me and honestly I don’t even change my pictures much. Possible at times crop them, but that is it. I try to see the photo as I am and that is cool … Just me. It is as we see it and why change and make them more glam? Smiles I do the same in my crafting…( Knitting, Sewing etc.)
    Lets be us and not make the pictures etc. what it is not…..

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