Challenge yourself!

The field of photography is a very challenging venue and finding your “voice” in a crowded field can often make the task seem daunting.  If you want to challenge yourself in different ways, try something else.  Painting, singing, and yes, playing a musical instrument can not only give you a new vision for your photography,  but it can get your creative juices going in ways that you may not realize.  While you may never become a Picasso, Luciano Pavarotti, or a Mozart, even picking up something you used to do as a kid (or when you were younger for those among us who are under the 30-something cutoff!), and giving it a whirl can give you new-found pleasures.

For instance, when I was much younger, I took piano lessons for seven years.  Endless scales, arpeggios, and the whole nine yards filled my practice sessions for days, weeks, months, and well….years!  When I moved onto college, other interests bended me away from the piano, probably because after seven years I realized I was never going to be a Mozart.  Nevertheless, I enjoyed the practice and occasionally I return to tickle the ivories from time to time.  The photography vision has been clouded this week, and I found some solace in the keyboards late Friday night.  So, I plugged in the M-Audio keyvoard to my Mac and pounded away for a while as my fingers tried to remember their proper positions.  I remembered again that I am no Mozart, but I do have some creative ideas again, all because of a little ditty I put together.  Does this ring a bell for any of you?

[podcast]http://www.canonblogger.com/wp-content/uploads/audio/heartandsoul.mp3[/podcast]

Have a great weekend everyone!  Happy shooting, and we’ll see you back here Monday with the results of my creative challenge! 🙂

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6 comments for “Challenge yourself!

  1. January 16, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    I also love dancing as an outlet. If you can’t dance, or feel self conscious, wait till you’re alone, and then turn on the music, and boogie! I always feel so exhilarated and creatively inspired afterward.
    .-= Jessica S.´s last blog ..Warning =-.

  2. January 16, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    I’ve been fortunate to be able to combine my love of music and photography. There is nothing better than producing photographs while experiencing your favorite band live. [img]http://www.flickr.com/photos/grtaylor2/4236070978/[/img]

  3. January 17, 2010 at 8:45 am

    I challenged myself yesterday. Toying with wireless off camera flash and using myself as the model. Oh yeah, that was a challenge. 🙂

    For me, a hike for the enjoyment of motion, thinking like an engineer, playing with math problems….all ways to step away and enjoy something else I like to do.

    Another great post Jason.
    .-= Rich C´s last blog ..What happens when a bored photographer plays with wireless flash on a Saturday Night =-.

  4. January 18, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    It is great how different artistic disciplines can inform each other, and they always do if you let them. I play guitar myself, and I am also a writer. To be able to have something else to go to is always great, and a good way to recharge your photographic batteries.
    .-= Cameta Camera´s last blog ..cameta: @radnidge We have it with a 18-55 on amazon for $846http://tinyurl.com/kvwd3w =-.

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