People In Pictures? It's Just Crazy Enough To Work!
The downside of that is taking an endless series of throw-away test photos as opposed to photographing something that would be compelling to anyone other than another photographer. I have tons of these shots. Some of them are interesting enough that they get posted here, but I recognize that they're not necessarily great photographs, just great experiments. When I realized this about my photography, I started to think about photos that really resonated with people and I discovered something probably obvious to anyone else but enlightening to me:
Most of them involve people.
The hell you say!
I don't take many people photos, except for snapshots of my family of which I take tons. It's because of I'm naturally introverted. I'm more comfortable taking controlled shots of inanimate objects. But realizing that people photos have a built-in compellingness advantage, over the past few weeks I've really warmed up to the idea of taking portraits and candid people shots. I'm hoping to take far more of them in the future and build some chops in that area. I even sold some infrequently used music gear to fund getting a decent portraits lens and some lighting gear. Hopefully, I'll be able to post some of the fruits of this soon.