Just Take the Photo

You’re out and about. It may be a dedicated photo walk. You may be running an errand. It doesn’t matter the reason. You see something that looks interesting and you do what you always do: you don’t take the picture. At the end of the day, you get home and realize that you didn’t take it and it could have been a great shot. Why do you do that? What did you stop yourself? Let’s examine.

Why wouldn’t you take it

We have all done it on more than one occasion. Its not that we were incapable of taking the shot. No one was stopping us. But we didn’t. Then, when we got home, we made excuses about it. We didn’t have the time. It was too hard to take the camera out. We all know it wasn’t true.

There are a handful of reasons that we don’t take the photograph.  I’ll break them down to the following:

  • Anxiety
  • In a hurry (probably an excuse for anxiety)
  • Seen it before (most definitely an excuse for anxiety)

Ok. I lied. There’s really only one reason you’re not taking that photo: anxiety. I’m not a therapist. I don’t even play one on TV, but I’m pretty sure that you didn’t take that photo is because you were afraid. You were afraid that someone did it better or that it “won’t live up” to your previous work.

Identify why you won’t take the photo

That was the key. I had to identify and understand the issue. Most of the reasons that you’re not taking that photo is because of your anxieties. It’s not because you don’t have the right camera or lens. The lighting isn’t perfect, right? You just didn’t eat the right breakfast. It’s none of those things. Identify the anxieties and figure out where they are coming from.

Take the photo without thinking about the end

The most important thing you can do is just take the photo. I know it seems simple, but sometimes the simplest solutions are the best. I usually don’t like making this argument, but in this case, it makes sense. What’s the worst that could happen? I’ll tell you what. The worst that could happen is that you have taken up a couple of MB’s of memory card space. That’s it. The world isn’t going to end and you won’t become a terrible person. If the picture didn’t turn out, then you can delete it. But take the shot.

The most important thing you can do is just take the photo. I know it seems simple, but sometimes the simplest solutions are the best. I usually don’t like making this argument, but in this case, it makes sense. What’s the worst that could happen? I’ll tell you what. The worst that could happen is that you have taken up a couple of MBs of memory card space. That’s it. The world isn’t going to end and you won’t become a terrible person. If the picture didn’t turn out, then you can delete it. But take the shot.

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