Photography takes time. In this time-crunched world all of us at some point find it difficult to fit in everything we want to do or accomplish into a 24 hour day. I know, that for me so far this year, finding the time to pursue photography has been a challenge. This past couple of weeks have been especially busy and I was unable to get out with the camera. So, that got me thinking about some ways we can "find" additional time in our lives to devote to the things we are passionate about. Here's some quick tips on things we can do:
Schedule The Time
I tend to think of photography as something that I do to free me up from the constraints of the rest of my life. But, one of the best ways to make sure that time is available is to schedule it. So, I will start adding time for photography to my weekly/monthly schedule. That way if its on the calendar I have a much better chance of following through since I already have the time blocked off.
Make Photography Part Of The Day
I talked about always having a camera with you back in episode 6 and I think it definitely applies when you are trying to find more time for photography. If you have a camera with you you can take a couple of minutes out of the day to stop and capture something that catches your eye and get back to your busy schedule without missing a beat.
Re-Visit Your Priorities
To find more time for photography make sure that photography is as high on your priority list as is practical. What I mean by that is that we should try to prioritize the things we are passionate about and that bring us joy higher in our day-to-day lives than we typically do. Think about where photography ranks for you and do what you can to give it a higher priority than some of the regular things you do each day.
Get The Whole Family Involved
One of the best ways to find time for photography is to get the whole family involved. Get the non-photography members of your house a camera and make photography part of the family activities. The upside to this is that you will instantly have more time for photography without feeling like you are abandoning the family. The downside to this is that your spouse/kids may turn out to be better photographers than you :-)
Make The Best Use Of Post-Processing Tools To Free Up Time
This last tip is one that I am really going to concentrate on for my own benefit. The reason is that I find that I often spend much more time in the post-processing/editing stage than I want/need. I use Lightroom 5 and while I feel pretty confident in utilizing the features of the software I also know that I'm not optimizing my workflow as much as I could. I think that if I were to hone my process and technique that I would free up additional time for photography, and other activities, instead of staring at a computer monitor. So, to help me work smarter I have purchased a couple of tools that I will be evaluating over the next few weeks. Once I have done that I will do an episode dedicated to those tools and using Lightroom. Stay tuned for that. In the meantime, I can recommend an excellent book that I purchased that has helped me dig in and learn many of the ins and outs of Lightroom. The book is called "The Missing FAQ" and is written by the Lightroom Queen-Victoria Brampton. She has a FAQ book for the recent versions of Lightroom and I highly recommend them. They are well organized and written and can help you make the most of Lightroom.
The Challenge Is Issued
Time is so precious that we really need to proactively do all we can to make the most of it. Finding the time to do what we love, like photography, can sometimes be a challenge but hopefully you can find/make some additional time in your life to make more photographs. I'd be interested in hearing how you have freed up time in your schedule for photography so leave a comment below or send me an email or voicemail. Happy Shooting!