A few weeks ago, I wrote about a creative block. I wrote about a few ideas I had to help me find my “Mojo”. I thought it time I write a follow up on what I have been up to since my journey to find the infamous “Mojo” started.
I have been keeping a journal of my journey on my blog, but I will highlight a few things here.
It’s been 1 month since I last used my 50mm f1.4 lens and – to be perfectly honest – I don’t miss it much. I went back to basics and put on the 18mm-55mm kit lens that came with my first camera. Never underestimate that lens. I took some amazing images with an entry level body and standard lens. I realized that my “Mojo” is in me, not in the camera or the lens. I put some things together and made some pictures.
I learnt a new Photoshop technique. Those who read the review I wrote on Scott Kelby’s latest book; ‘Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It’ would have read that I noted that the book can even just be used for the Photoshop techniques therein. I gave a picture I took of my son a grungy look. That kind of editing is not for everyone, but I love it. Just don’t think that you can do that to all your images. It doesn’t work. Ask me, I know this. The novelty has luckily worn off and I now take specific images for that kind of look, which in many ways has helped me to be less “trigger happy”.
I have been focusing on photographing things that I love. I love photographing ‘stuff’ and children. I think too often we get caught up on what other people like and forget what really makes us tick as photographers. We lose our passion when we don’t do it for us. We will do what everyone else is doing because that’s what people like and that’s what puts food on the table. I have yet to see some unique wedding photos these days and that – in my opinion – is sad. If you love what you are doing and are doing what you love, this will reveal itself in your images.
I have attempted panoramas. What a trip. I love it. I attempted to do one of my lounge and kitchen. It didn’t really come out that well, but it was a learning curve. I think that if I don’t turn so much, it can create a very interesting take on photographing interiors.
On a recent trip to Cape Town, I only took one lens. Many thought I was crazy. I was actually crazy to only take one camera. My boyfriend had my camera quite a lot and it was then that I thought, “I don’t need fancy equipment. Let’s see what my Blackberry Bold can do! And in all honesty, the image quality leaves a lot to be desired. It certainly cannot rank anywhere near an iPhone or a Samsung. Some interesting images were created though. Part of our Cape Town album is loaded with phone photos that I was not shy to share on my blog.
My journey still continues. I don’t think we ever stop wanting to keep our “Mojo”. This means that it will be a never-ending journey. I have a lot of work to do. And I have learnt that clicking merrily away not only takes up unnecessary space on your memory cards and hard drives, it also stifles creativity. My brain is starting to think in pictures again and my smile has returned.