Because I Can – Long Exposures

As with my previous “Because I Can” blog (link here), this post is inspired by the variety of possibilities and techniques within our photography. I aim to discuss something that I find fascinating. It is not meant to be a tutorial but simply a reflection on how we make our photography as engaging and fulfilling as possible. When considering how we positively drive our own photography, it is important to have something to stretch our capacity to learn, think, create, and reflect. One technique that provides this for me is long exposures. What is it? Long exposure photography is not …

Being Competent At Photography

How do you define success in your photography? This is a simple question but an important one. A fundamental psychological need we all have is to feel a sense of competence in activities that are meaningful to us. To be clear, competence is the perception that we are able to perform effectively and achieve success. Feeling competent allows us to fully engage in an activity, focus more effectively, take risks, be creative, gain greater well-being and so on.  As I noted, competence is based a on a perception that you can be effective and achieve success. Therefore, how we define success …

Because I Can – Double Exposure

One of the beauties of photography is that there are so many ways to do it. The numerous styles and techniques allow us to produce a variety of amazing images. Many of these techniques are at best unnecessary and at worst ridiculous. I like these ones. This “Because I Can” blog section is all about these techniques and their value to our photographic experience. Let’s be clear, I do not intend to provide a tutorial. I want to introduce the technique and discuss why such things are good for us. I have discussed how important it is to be the driver of …

Why Do You Take Photos?

Motivation is a fundamental human condition. Many (myself included) believe it to be the most important concept when considering any activity we participate in, whether it is photography or anything else. This is because why we do something will determine how we do it and what we gain from it (e.g., enjoyment, creativity, well-being, etc). In this post I want to look at what we are motivated towards and why this is important. So let’s consider why we might take pictures. What are you motivated towards? There are many reasons to take part in photography and all can fit into …

Psychological ABC for Enjoying Photography

In my first post I briefly noted why I take pictures. I enjoy the geek, the creative, the challenge and the escape. These are my motivations. But what if we dig a little deeper? What does photography do for me, and perhaps for many others too? It’s easy to keep plodding on taking pictures because “it’s what you do”, while forgetting what excited you about photography in the first place. In this post I want to try and take a more sophisticated, psychological, look at why I enjoy making images. In doing so I want to discuss how we might …