So much Potential, So little resources

posted on 9th of may, 2010

Almost all of us have run into this issue, including myself.

We have so many ideas, so many visions, and so many images bouncing around in our head, yet we do not have the equipment or resources to achieve the photograph we desire. It's very frustrating, is it not? A thought comes in to your head... well it would be cool if I could do this, or have a photo portraying that. But then reality sets in that maybe you don't have the right lighting equipment, the proper lens, or the amount of models wiling to sign a model release to create the image you would like.

So what do you do? Well one thing that we should not do is give up on those thoughts. Do not push away the crazy, creative ideas that pop into our heads when we're watching tv or day dreaming at work.

One thing we can do is write those ideas down. Write them down in a notebook, journal, or just a scrap of paper... and who knows? Maybe those thoughts will be useful down the line? While I am still not nearly as successful in stock as many others out there, when I started out I had very little equipment and money. But I wrote down those ideas I had floating around in my head, and now I am just beginning to revisit them.

And now that I've been able to invest more money into my photography from my stock work (and an increase in hours at my day job) looking at the old ideas I wrote down in my notebook have inspired me to try to create those images I couldn't have created before. Whether its getting an upgrade in photoshop, or buying an extra soft box, anything that adds to my equipment is another chance to try and revisit an old idea.

So don't give up on those ideas spinning in your head. Write them down and later revisit them. Perhaps you'll be able to use something, perhaps not. But there's nothing like exploring your past to see how much you have grown into the present.

Comments (15)

Posted by Jdanne on May 28, 2010
Thanks for giving us a push up in motivation. Writing down all the ideas we cannot fulfill now because we still don't have the equipment (I really do miss a zoom since I just don't have the money to buy a good one so I have to stay with my fixed lens) but we can do it in the not too far future - helps us to keep these ideas alive. What's written down will remain - until we can do it!
Posted by Muxiang on May 24, 2010
you are 100% right, there are many ideas suddenly flash into my head, and soon slip out, so I will start to write them down.
Posted by Onime on May 16, 2010
very inspiring article. Very good blog!
Posted by Katzilioness on May 13, 2010
Well most of us can relate I suppose
But it can really stop our creativity if we if we keep saying I could if I had or this or that would be happening. Think of pictures that you can take with what you have. Or just go out and be inspired. Just imagine you are a famous wild life photographer or world wide published photo journalist and the country you are traveling to has a restriction on how much photographic equipment you can bring ( believe me those restrictions exist for different reasons) or you have serious weight restrictions because you travel via ultralight or helicopter and your whole luggage can only weigh so much. Here you are a famous photographer Nikon and Cannon will give you equipment so you can write reviews you take your new equipment and wished you had taken your old camera because that's what you are used to you know all the settings in and out can select them quickly. So you still feel restricted equipment wise even you have the best. But I actually think the best...(More)
Posted by Marilynv on May 12, 2010
Very good article! Your images are wonderful and are excellent stock oriented images. Keep up the good work!
Posted by Conceptualcreations on May 12, 2010
This is so true! I have had ideas that I was unable to shoot for over a year. One example is Struggling for a Dollar, which made editor's choice here at DT. I never gave up on the idea. I just had to wait out the right circumstances for that shot to happen. Patience is a virtue in our business.
Posted by Littlemacproductions on May 11, 2010
This very blog is one of the reasons I do composite imagery. I have ideas that would be very difficult for me to find in one setting... hence photoshop and composites! It satisfies those urges and flashes of ideas.

Your image of the woman looking out a window is begging for a designer to complete the image with a composite of their own! I think Stock photography lends itself to the blending of images to create a concept!

Posted by Thanatonautii on May 11, 2010
Yeah! That`s so true! I`m writhing down my ideas everyday and hoping for some money :P
Posted by Rosedarc on May 10, 2010
I know the feeling!
I like your portfolio! Looks like your ideas are coming on very nicely, keep up uploading.
Posted by Sjholden7 on May 10, 2010
Thank you all very much for your comments! I appreciate the positive feedback. And Joezachs, thanks for pointing out my silly title error on the second pick. I don't know what I was thinking! Thank you!
Posted by Mythja on May 10, 2010
you're so right. and then when you're completely out of inspiration you have somewhere to begin with. great idea!
Posted by smartview27 on May 10, 2010
I appreciate your ideas! Resources are very important and ideas must be explored!
Posted by Dmccale on May 10, 2010
Oh so true..Thanks now I know what I should do with all of the thoughts..Great blog
Posted by Unteroffizier on May 10, 2010
Photography just like anything in life needs one to explore and experience. Its life and part of life. Its not the end that matters. Its the process.
Posted by Joezachs on May 10, 2010
I think we both are in the same boat.
A thought comes in to your head... well it would be cool if I could do this, or have a photo portraying that. But then reality sets in that maybe you don't have the right lighting equipment, the proper lens, or the amount of models wiling to sign a model release
Exactly what I am facing in the last one month. Lack of proper equipment. But I can foresee myself overcoming these obstacles one by one. (it may take time)
By the way that second pic: should'nt it be winding road ? (Windy road changes the meaning)

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