"Hey Lyn, how come I haven't been seeing much of your photos lately," came the innocent question.
"Oh, I've just too busy. I don't have the time," I responded without thinking.
"You don't have time?!" His voice trailed off as he gave me a puzzled look.
Today's podcast is for me as well as all of you who tell me that you want to take more pictures, but you just can't find the time.
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Here's the ugly truth. You aren't going to find more time. You can make more time, if you really want to create art, grow your talent, or document the world around you. Try these strategies:
1. Schedule smaller chunks of time.
Imagining the task so big makes it easier to defer. How about a photo project where you use the first 15 minutes of your lunch break to photograph something?
Scheduling means you are serious about it. Put it on the calendar.
2. Build it into existing hobbies.
If you know you are spending time with another interest or hobby, try pairing the two. I'm a sports fan, so I'm considering adding a sports themed project it to my blog
3. Make it a daily/personal project.
I harp on Project 365 because the public commitment to shoot daily can be an incredible motivation to find the time. You can post yours on our Google + Photo Projects community.
4. Make it a part of your family time.
My youngest son and I used to take what he called "picture walks." It was great bonding time doing something we both enjoy. Do your family members like taking pictures? Being photographed? Do it together.
5. Make it a social activity
Meetup with other photographers. That's why I love our Meetup group. It gives me a chance to shoot and share with kindred spirits. Find one in your community or start your own.
6. Use it with your work or calling.
Do you have a favorite cause you care deeply about? Use your photography to help our the organizations or nonprofits who champion the issue.
7. Take a camera everywhere.
It really doesn’t matter what kind of camera. Take it with you everywhere you go. You'll shoot more if you have it.
8. Make it mobile.
Create a mobile phone photography project. At a minimum, your iPhone is good to help you work on composition.
9. Permit yourself to take bad pictures.
We can overcome perfection paralysis by taking more bad photos. Many times we won't even bother to take a picture because the conditions aren't ideal. Shoot anyway. Don't worry if you don't feel like Ansel Adams. You might surprise yourself.
There you go. Nine ways to make time for pictures. Your clock still has 24 hours in a day. Your minutes still tick away 60 seconds at a time. Our challenge is being more deliberate about making your pictures a priority. Make the time. If you really want to.
Are you struggling to find time to shoot? What strategies do you use to make time?
Quote - if you really want to do it, you'll make time. If you don't want to do it, you'll make excuses.