Motivation is a photography blog that discusses the creative aspects of photography. The posts will include thoughts about images and their interpretation, photographers and their work, technique, workflow, my ongoing projects, and perhaps even the occasional off topic rant.

Photographic Personalities

Some 'serious' photographers can have fun taking snapshots, having a camera with them at all times, and generally integrating photography into their everyday life even if they are not professionals who make their living with a camera.  On the other hand, there are 'serious' photographers like me who make their photographic sessions a separate and isolated part of their everyday life.  By this I mean that rather than enjoying spontaneous photography, I generally have my outings planned and don't like  combining it with other non-photographic events or happenings.  When I go out to photograph, I want to be able to make pictures and not be concerned about other issues or people waiting for me (though I do very much like going out to shoot with other like-minded photographers). I am not sure why this is; perhaps it is a matter of wanting complete control or having enough time to have the most complete control that can be had in any particular photographic  session.  I do know that my best work happens when I put myself into the type of all-encompassing situation where I can give my entire attention over to working at making pictures.  I don't feel that I am giving up any of the 'joy' of photographing by being this way.

I think  armed with this knowledge I can better plan what will give me better results.  For example, under similar conditions, I am sure I would produce better work with one three hour session than three 1 hour sessions. I can produce better work on a dedicated photography trip than on a family vacation where I wake up before the rest of the family to go shoot for an hour and rush back.  It is just the way I work and it helps to know that.  I think knowing how you work as an individual leads to being able to plan for conditions that will give the best results.

So what kind of photographer are you?