Personally, I always prefer to go it alone. For a number of reasons, though I’m not sure how to rank them, I just feel best when I’ve done something I’ve set out to do on my own steam. Afterwards… I tend to think that’s just stupid. I go back and I review my decisions to tough things out alone and I ask myself “What were you thinking, why didn’t you just get help??”. Doing things on your own is great but there are times when stepping up to the plate means knowing what you’re capable of and making the right choices at the right times.
I’m not sure if I feel like asking for help is cheating, or I’m just less proud of myself, but for whatever reason I’m quite stubborn when it comes to it. I end up putting a lot of pressure on myself and yeah I get the job done but afterwards I feel silly thinking there may have been a better way. I guess I also want to avoid taking advantage of the people around me. But that’s just silly in its own, right? Well either way – I’m going to try to put my ego aside a bit more often from now on and ask for help when a little aid can go a long way.
The reason this is on my mind is that we’re working on a project that I simply need help with. So I’ve had to ask for what help I can get and the truth is, help came. Some of it might not be the answer to all my ‘prayers’ but it doesn’t matter. Help arrives if you simply let it know it’s needed. I’m quite thankful to those that have helped and everyone seems to shrug it off, saying it’s “no big deal”. People say that, but I’m also starting to think it’s true because after some thought I realize… I say that, too! And I usually mean it.
I guess the point is if you’re as stubborn as I am about this sort of thing.. forget about it. You’re not taking advantage of people that would like to help you. In a way, you can’t. You may even be surprised or honoured or simply glad at the outcome of asking for help. So do what ever it takes to make yourself comfortable with it and ask for help. The measure of a man is not only his capacity for doing but also his capacity for knowing what he cannot do… at least without help ;).
So it’s been a super long interim and I’m quite sad about how long it’s been.. Nevertheless they’re back and you can find all the info you need at www.thursdayroundups.com.
For those of you that don’t know Thursday Roundups is a Toronto based photography group that I’ve been working on where anyone can come out and join us on a shoot. At a specified place, at a specified time.. you can meet me (usually) and join in on the picture taking fun. There will be things to learn, and people to get to know. The first three Thursdays of each month will be shooting sessions with the last Thursday of every month taking place at 2D Photography and we will be discussing and comparing images from previous roundups. We’ll also be holding giveaways to make the evening that much more interesting.
I hope to meet a lot of new people and have many opportunities to share my passion for photography. There’s no fee involved in coming and anyone and everyong is welcome. For more info on upcoming Roundups have a loot at the site! Again that’s www.thursdayroundups.com!
We’ve got a new team member here at 2D Photography! His name is Kevin Luc and I’m quite excited to have him onboard. He’s joining the team and bringing a good deal of creativity over to 2D. We’ve got a lot of new things coming up in the near future and Kevin will be a welcome addition to help rear in all the fun upcoming projects. You can check out what little info we’ve got on him (there will be more in a couple of days) here. In the mean time Kevin will be using his skills and creativity to aid in our ongoing endeavours but you expect to see more of him soon…. and perhaps a return of Casual Fridays starring myself and THIS GUY.
This is the third and final teaser for our project we hope to put out this summer. I special thanks to my friend Ben who helped us out by starring in this one on his vacation. Actually had a bit too much fun shooting this but it was worth it. Hope it gets your curiosity peaked!
We (creatives) all take in knowledge as much as we can. At least in my opinion those of us that are truly passionate are mostly likely (not 100%) doing so. We’re hungry for it. We are like zombies and information (ironically stored in our brains) is brains. Many of us are schooled in our fields while others (myself included) do our best to better our own base of understanding in various ways. The question is: how?
Personally, I have two major methods of taking in delicious new brains knowledge.
1.) Fail Like a Pro!
I make mistakes. More accurately, I make a LOT of mistakes. The trick is make them well. Know why you made them, and learn from them. You can error and be upset with yourself and try to focus on getting whatever you’re doing done right, or you can fail and focus on the fail itself. I prefer the latter. When I understand precisely why I botched I always learn something important. To add to that the fact that I never make that same mistake again, I kind of become photo-Doomsday (sorry to those that don’t know the reference). It turns the fail into a win and what’s more is that this method of learning seems to stick with me best. There’s nothing like slicing your hand open while being an idiot with sheet metal to sear that message into your head: “Don’t be an idiot with sheet metal”.
Method 2.) The Procurement of Information O’Gratis
There’s this ridonculous amount of knowledge out there waiting to be absorbed. Between blogs and videos and forums and all sorts of other things, a person could spend years taking in helpful, useful and most importantly, relevant information. While there is certainly a wealth of awful knowledge out there, someone taking the time to filter through it will surely benefit greatly from all the great material online.
If you’re serious about your creative endeavour then you should double check and make sure you’re doing some of the above. The main reason being: if you’re not… then you’re falling behind.. because everyone else is! Learning is one thing I can’t image I could ever stop doing.
I’ll end this post with a link to one of my favourite sources of knowledge regarding photography. Photo.net. This is a great forum with all ranges of expertise waiting to help you with any problem or just chat about whatever. I’ll do my best to continue to share some of the gems I stumble across and would LOVE to find out what some of yours are.
It’s that time of year again. Spring is here and productivity is everywhere. It seems like everyone I know is coming down with it and frankly, I’m beginning to get worried. Ugg I’m way to busy with life (doing nothing) to be productive. All it takes is a little bit of cleaning, or a couple good days in at work, even cooking a nice meal or hitting the gym and BAMMO you’re getting shit done. It’s awful.
I’ve never understood how productivity can be so contagious. It’s like I’m napping and couch potato-ing one day, and then suddenly after a weekend of taking care of business it’s all I can do. Truly a cure is needed. I would have gotten my vaccination before the season hit but ironically I wasn’t really all that productive at that time and now I’ve definitely contracted a strong strain of this darned productivity affliction :’(.
All kidding aside, I have to say how great it actually feels when everything is going smoothly. I think I’m happiest when I can look back at the last chunk of hours and think to myself “you did all that? WHEN? wtf… ok :D!” I don’t know about all of you out there but personally, I find productivity to be extremely contagious. After a few days of it I have a really hard time stopping. Not to mention I find that it’s actually easy or dare I say “self sufficient” after a little while. Once all the wheels are in motion it becomes scary just to think about how to stop.
In my mind I image a toddler in a tricycle and sticking a twig in the front wheel’s spokes… that kid aint goin’ nowhere (that’s me when I’m “normal”). Then I think of some dude ripping down the highway in his Ducati and attempting to stick that same twig in his front wheel… errr I don’t think much will happen (that’s PRODUCTIVE me).
So I guess what I’m trying to say is if you haven’t already, pick something. Attack the crap out of it. Embarrass it. Etc.. Whether it’s a workout, the dishes, photos to edit, laundry, paying the bills (or figuring out how to not pay them) get it done. Then do the next thing. Don’t even look back. Basically go Kill Bill on all your shit. Then you’re going to have the most wonderful sleep. Wake up and do the same thing the next day. After a couple of days of this routine you’re going to be a ninja when it comes to any task. You’re going to be; feeling great, most likely eating well, getting fit, getting smarter, I can’t promise you’ll be handsomer (some of us are just ugly), but I CAN say you’re going to be happier. So go on. Get those gears moving!
Thanks for reading (I wrote this post while reading Twelfth Night, learning to juggle and responding to eleven emails (OK OK only two of those are true))