This may contradict my why finding your niche is important post, but I’ve realized over the years there is a definite benefit to variety. Shooting things you don’t usually shoot results in the following benefits:
The age old saying “practice makes perfect” rings true. Though no one should be striving for that unreachable precipice, we can all strive to be better than we were before. Whether that improvement is in technical skill or conceptual prowess, we can gain some good from extra shooting.
Sometimes there are projects or organizations that really speak to you. What if instead of donating money, you donate your time & skill? A few photos of their work in the community that they could post online or put on a sign could really help bring awareness to their cause.
I love to travel. On every trip, I never leave home without my camera. I of course snap a few with my phone, but even the most advanced ones to date don’t offer the versatility & performance that my DSLR does. I love going to a new place and capturing a different culture. Instead of clamoring by all the stores or speeding through sights, I like to take my time. Those photos I make become my souvenirs.
Whether you’re shooting your sister’s baby shower, or a friend’s concert, offering to take those images and give them is beyond awesome. You’re not limiting yourself to only paid jobs. You’re sharing your gift with your loved ones, which in turn helps them make memories.
When you’re out shooting, people begin to recognize you as a photographer. I don’t know how many times I’ve had people of all ages come up to me and ask me a question. I’m always glad to answer to the best of my ability, and love that my passion has found a way to help others.
Now I’m still a firm believer in honing in on your favorite subject to shoot and market yourself as that type of photographer. But if you’re out and about in a seemingly “uninspiring” situation, try shooting and see what you discover.
May the light be with you.