Making Time for Photography – 1/60th of a Second at a Time


"Snow Falling on Solitude" (a self portrait) by D. Travis North

Photography is a skill that can fade if you don’t practice.  The beauty of the art form, however, is that it doesn’t take long to snap a shot.  I’ll admit, the title of this article may be a bit misleading – it certainly takes you longer than the shutter to set up the shot – but the intent is clear:  It doesn’t take a lot of time to get a little practice.  Here are a few ways you can fit a little photography into your daily routine and get some practice every day.

  • Shoot What You Eat – spend a few moments each morning shooting your breakfast or your dinner.
  • Leave the Office for Lunch – and take your camera, of course.  I will occasionally go to a nearby park to shoot whatever I see.
  • Take Your Camera for a Walk – daily walks do a body good.  With your camera in tow, it’s a good chance for some photography practice as well.
  • Shoot While on Hold – Surely you make a few phone calls every day where you inevitably get put on hold.  Shoot whatever is around you while you’re on hold.
  • Photo Breaks – A few mental breaks throughout the day will help your efficiency.  It’s a great time to free your mind and shoot some close-up shots of office supplies.
  • Your Kids: Your Best Subjects – I have hundreds of candid shots of my kids doing silly things.  Keep the camera handy.  This is dual purpose, you’re practicing and preserving memories.
  • Your Pets:  More Great Subjects – Pets are just like your kids…shoot away.
  • Daily Self Portraits – Be like Noah (YouTube) who took a shot every day for 6 years and converted it to a video.  Or, be a little more creative and have fun with it.
  • Todays Weather – If you don’t like to be on the other side of the lens, shoot the weather instead, or the same scene every day.

About Author

D. Travis North is a professional Landscape Architect, a Freelance Photographer and founder of Shutter Photo. Ever since he picked up his first SLR, his father’s Nikon N2000, he’s been hooked on photography. Travis likes to photograph urban environments, architectural details and has a new-found interest in close-up photography. His work can be found at D. Travis North Photography. Follow Travis on twitter: @dtnorth.

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