Posted December 17, 2012 by Gavin Hoey in Articles

Your Comfort Zone

What’s your style of photography? Are you a landscape photographer, someone who thinks nothing about walking miles over hills or along the coast in order to get your perfect photo. Perhaps you’re a studio based photographer who loves to be in total control of everything from the lighting to the subject or your photo.

confort-zoneWhatever your photography passion it’s very easy to get stuck in a rut and for your photography to stagnate. You may be the best sports photographer on the planet but if you lose your creativity your work will suffer. Every now and then you need to move outside your comfort zone, try something that challenges your photography and in doing so you’ll give your creativity a boost

This year I’ve been outside my comfort zone on several occasions. For example earlier this year I visited Norway to teach Photoshop to a large group of Photographers who don’t speak English as their first language (I don’t speak Norwegian either). After my presentation there was a wonderful talk by a Norwegian photographer. Although I didn’t understand what he was saying, he showed this image (or something like it) and it really stuck a chord.

One of the areas of Photography I usually shy away from is street photography. It’s not that I don’t enjoy that kind of photo, far from it, it’s more the feeling of being self conscious photographing strangers. So last Sunday I took myself out of my comfort zone by visiting London’s Speakers corner. There were plenty of people to photograph but it was a challenge. Most people were too wrapped up in their heated debates to notice me taking photos but a few people were less happy to be photographed which is all part of the experience of course. You can see a few of the photos below

So what are you going to photograph that’s outside your comfort zone? The best advice I can give you is if and when you venture outside of your comfort zone go with a friend or a group of photographers. The more of you that share the experience the more fun it is. Alternatively you can do what I did and join a photographic workshop. This one was organised by Welshot Imaging.

Speakers Corner

Camera: Canon 60D

Lens: Canon 70-300mm IS

Aperture: f/5.6   ISO:800  Shutter Speed: Various

Gavin Hoey