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FINDING TIME TO IMPROVE

My biggest advantage is that I really enjoy what I do. 

I don't watch television or movies often, because I would rather have hundreds more hours to be creative each year. Still, most of my shots are taken while doing other things. I try to always be ready to shoot, rather than dedicating a specific time-slot to photography. The key is to have a camera with you at all times. I usually bring my iPhone or an SLR with just one non-zoom lens. This keeps it compact and forces me to think creatively. Moving around, rather than cropping in with a zoom lens, changes the actual scene in more dynamic ways.

To add diversity to my images, I like to always be visiting new or interesting places. This is pretty easy, really. I began by using public transportation and bicycles a lot more, which helps me get out and observe people and scenes which I would otherwise miss.

Sometimes an image will catch my eye while cruising the web or magazines. I save those images in a file with other future "project images". I might come back later to them and try to mimic the image to improve my skills.
Skip TV. Make art. ;)

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