You often hear photographers talk about how using film can help them slow down their approach to taking photos. I'm guilty of being too trigger happy when it comes to my photography. When I come across an interesting scene I get a rush of blood to the head and I start snapping away. Most of the time I'm not even aware of what settings my camera is on and this often leads to some disappointment when I get home and load the photos into Lightroom. I haven't decided yet if making beginner mistakes like that is a good or bad thing either. Is there such a thing as childlike innocence when it comes to photography? A few days ago I came up with the idea that I would challenge myself by incorporating a tripod into my approach going forward. I tested this idea out by going into the backyard in the late afternoon and snapping a few photos. Having the tripod there definitely made me slow down a bit. The most rewarding aspect of these photos is I know that I put time and effort into composing them and they weren't just lucky snapshots.
I'm aware of the fact that talking about the benefits of using a tripod might sound strange coming from someone who's been doing this for a few years now. If you’re a potential client you might think “who the hell is this guy? He sounds like he’s still a beginner.” In some ways that's true I think all creatives can benefit from having a beginner’s mindset from time to time. When you're doing something for a while you can get into a rut, and that can have a negative effect on your output and attitude towards your own work. Viewing something through a beginner’s lens can help you get your bearings back. (Pun very much intended) When building anything you will always need a strong foundation. You might have to go back to basics and do some patchwork from time to time.