A good friend of mine recently came to the conclusion that the 21st century is the “Age of Fear.” And I don’t think he’s alone in that belief. If you listen too much to the news, you’ll be scared to even go out of your door.
Now, I’m a photographer and not a psychologist. But I do know a bit about some of the things we all struggle with, especially in these times. And one of them is shyness. We’re afraid to make new friends, travel to new places, or ask someone if we can take a picture. Yes, photographers have to battle with it too. But there’s good news.
The more you pluck up your courage to ask, the easier it gets!
Take the picture up top. It belongs to an old rusting pickup that stood on someone’s property for who knows how long. I’d driven by it, curious about what sort of pictures it might get me. And yes, there was a chance that the owner would take it badly if I asked to shoot the vehicle; but I took the chance when I saw someone working on the lawn nearby. One smile and business card later, I had my 60D out with a 50mm prime lens attached and was happily pressing the shutter release. Plus the guy I spoke to was very friendly in return. Not everyone is so pleased to have photographers around, but if I’d never asked I never would have known for sure.
What’s the Lesson? It’s worth it to take the chance. Being outgoing even when you don’t feel like it improves not only your photography but you as a person and as a professional.
Exposure Data: ISO 200, f/8, 1/80
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