Time / by William Wallace

Everyone, including photography enthusiasts, are at war in the age-old battle of time. The rock group Pink Floyd sang:

“Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day

Fritter and waste the hours in an off-hand way

Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town

Waiting for someone or something to show you the way”

Hey, take a few of those dull moments and turn them into something you enjoy. You might even find that your phone or camera will turn into something that shows you the way into some great times of beautiful photographs.

One thing we all fight is time. Whether we are busy parents chasing kids and our jobs or students trying to keep ahead of the next assignment: time is the enemy. So when it comes to the moments involved in snapping photos, editing, and posting them in social media or having them printed, where do you find the time?

We often find portions of our schedule to do the things that we enjoy. Watching TV, taking walks, hanging out with friends, or whatever else tickles our fancy, somehow finds a time slot somewhere in our busy week. I enjoy photography so I look for opportunities whenever I can to engage in it.

The thirty minutes from dropping off my daughter at school and arriving at work is spent taking a different route on most days while looking for whatever might be interesting to shoot. As soon as I leave the parking lot of her school my phone and small gorilla tripod are lying on the seat beside me (just in case). Sometimes I find nothing but I still enjoy looking along the way. Other days there may be fog (my favorite for shooting early morning) or the sun may be just right coming through some trees for catching nice rays. Just think about your day and find fifteen or thirty minutes to intentionally look for things to photograph.

Just think about your day and find fifteen or thirty minutes to intentionally look for things to photograph.

What about editing and posting? Those take time too. I have found editing can happen while I’m waiting at the doctor’s office or even in the grocery line. Posting? Well all you need is a title or description of what’s happening in the shot. I like to also hashtag the apps I used for editing, the type of phone I use, and maybe a specific Instagram community or interest group I want to see my photo.

Take a little time today and look for something to shoot. Even your home, office, or backyard can offer interesting subjects to photograph. It takes practice and just a little time. After awhile you can take shortcuts and squeeze more than you ever thought possible from those moments, but first you have to start.