I really did not mean to take a break from photography but sometimes life happens. In January I found out my sweet dog had a large tumor in her lungs and was not expected to live very long. It’s now May and I can see the end drawing near. I spend my time hanging out with her, carrying her on walks, playing when she feels good, and cooking chicken. She can’t eat dog food anymore and doesn’t like to eat out a bowl because she chokes, – so I feed her by hand. My roommate and I work our schedules so she does not spend more than a few hours alone each day – at max. Regardless to say this does not leave a lot of time for going out and shooting. I know dog people don’t understand putting my passions on hold but I can’t imagine spending my time in any other way than to make her as happy as I can.
To compensate for not being able to travel, go on adventures, or take street photos I’ve tried a few things to keep my creative juices flowing.
- Indoor Projects – This is a great way to practice skills without leaving the house. I’ve tried a few projects. I bought flowers and tried working on macros. It worked great for about 10 minutes before I started sneezing and my skin started itching. I’ve worked on portraits of my dog but she likes to be too close to my face. I decided indoor projects were not for me but it was a great way to get in some practice none the less.
- Practice Editing – I’ve gone back and edited some of my old favorite photos in a different way. I watch YouTube tutorials on editing and practiced different ways to edit. I honestly do think my editing has improved.
- Try Different Software – I bought Luminar to shake up my editing routine. While I still prefer Lightroom (mostly because I know where everything is), Luminar really is a great Lightroom competitor. It was great to think about photos in a different way.
- Online Classes – I took a few online classes from various places. I wanted to touch up some old skills and learn some new ones.
- Camera Manual – This is one I’m still working on. I purchased a new camera (Olympus EM1mkii) which I have not really been able to go shoot so I’ve been going through the manual – something I never do. It’s been a good way to learn a few things about my camera before I get out in the wild with it.
There are a lot of things to keep oneself busy if you can’t get out and shoot. It’s been a hard season but I’ve tried to make the best of it and use my down time wisely.
What are some of your favorite things to do when you can’t get out and shoot?
A few pictures of my sweet girl on a good play day.