The world is overflowing with boring pictures, and if you don't want to contribute another one to the pile, ask one more question. So what?
You took another picture. So what? Why should we care? Why should we stop what we are doing to look at it? Is it just another boring collection of pixels?
Today's question is the last one you ask before you release your photo to the wild. Use it to decide if your photo goes or stays. "I created another photo. So what?"
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Getting past so what?!
How do you get rid of boring photos? Many times we are just bored with the subject. It’s boring. We just aren’t inspired, and we are going through the motions. Boring subjects. Bored photographers. Boring photos. Here’s how we can get past it. Here are three steps.
Shoot what you know.
CreativeLive founder Chase Jarvis' dirtiest secret in photography is that you shoot what you know.
"The best things in photography come from outside the industry," Chase says. "If you look only in your industry for inspiration, then you are going to be just like everyone else. That’s the definition of commodity - a lot of like items."
What does this mean? Look inside your experience base. What do you know well? How can you overlap that with your photography? When you shoot something you know well, you bring a level of insight and understanding that the average person might miss. That gives you an extra opportunity to find the unique and interesting angle.
Shoot what you love.
More than just knowledge, photograph your passion. Passion sustains you over the long term. Something you love lets you tap into your passion. What else are you passionate about? Something you would photograph just for the joy of it. How can you create a photo project that lets you showcase your passion?
"When you are passionate about something, the energy and desire to pursue the passion wells up within you; it happens spontaneously, without effort on your part," says Scott Dickerson in Black Star Rising. "In other words, it’s easier to follow this thing than it would be to ignore or avoid it.”
Show us why you love them.
Showcase your knowledge and passion. Use them to find what’s interesting and unique to you. Photograph them until they make you stop and say wow.