Have you stepped out of your comfortzone lately?

And by that i mean the way you shoot your pictures, do you get stuck sometimes? Frankly, we all do sometimes. Do read on if you want some kind of push in, at least, some kind of direction. If it´s right or not for you is up to you to decide.

Anyway, I went down to Anderstorp for the sixth race of the season, actually my fourth this year since i´ve missed two of them. If you´ve been to Anderstorp you know it´s a big track, they actually had F1 races there in the seventies, which is pretty cool.

It´s a fast track with long straights and long sweeping bends. It stretches over a huge area, and it would take ages to walk from one end to the other. Which means that if you have to cover all classes during the day you dont really have time for any longer excursions out in the wild. I guess that is why a lot of photographers go to the places where everyone else stands, but that just results in a sort of a ”copy & paste” situation. All of them is getting roughly the same results.

But, if you take it a step further and step out of the famous box, or if you rather call it your comfort zone, things will start to happen. And what do you know, you might have a bit of fun as well while your doing it.

I´ve seen people standing in the exact same position during entire races and i dont get it. Imagine going through a thousand files showing the exact same thing, how fun is that? It beats me. I tend to get bored seeing the exact same thing over and over again and on top of that i dont want to give my clients pictures that look like everyone else pictures. I got several reasons to why i never stand in the same position during the entire event. The funny thing is that this is not something that is just applicable on photography, i think it is applicable on life in general. Lists are always popular, so i made one.

If you try to step out of your comfortzone, you might experience one or more of these things below:

  1. You will not get bored that easily.
  2. You will get several different angles.
  3. You will discover new areas.
  4. You will have more fun. Fun = better results.
  5. You will keep your clients happy.
  6. You will broaden your vision.
  7. You will hopefully get great satisfaction when the above is fulfilled.

I guess i could go on and on but i think you get the point.
The only sort of mistake you can do is if you dont try hard enough.

Never stand still, keep moving and stay hungry. Or to qoute the late Steve Jobs: ”Stay hungry, stay foolish.”

So go out there and reinvent the way you use your camera, that´s what i try to do as often as possible.

Here are a few snaps from the day, and as usual they are clickable so that you can see them big and beautiful. 🙂

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Take care!
/Patrik

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