Reassessment of Goals: Why we do photography!
During the past week, I have worked each day in the studio to produce images of ordinary household items; sponges, electrical plugs, etc. After a week of this type of photography and a week of working at photoshop to prepare the images for DT; I am completely drained and empty.
As I laid in my bed last night reflecting on my past week of product photography; I reflected on the fact that I gave up a successful business as a scientist making tons of income to become a wildlife photographer. Working at this type of studio product photography feels like the old days of working in the laboratory; one day merges into the next with no excitement or life.
I have decided it is time for a reassessment of my goals; I do not want to spend the next year shooting products just so I can increase my portfolio and income. I entered this business to be creative and to do wildlife photography.
I do my work in Far East Russia; most times it's a cold and most uncomfortable place. Our temps are routinely -35 and below; during the summer we are infested with tons of flying teeth (mosquitoes and yellow flies).
Therefore, I have decided to reassess my goals. I will still do some product photography but it will be the more creative type, water splash images, concept images, etc-not simple documentary shots of products. This will result in a sharp reduction in my goals but I will still attempt to upload 50 images a month but these will be images that provide me satisfaction and pleasure as a photographer.
Photo credits: Moose Henderson.