Why Photographers Are Like Music Producers

I read a blog post today entitled “6 New Year’s Resolutions Every Photographer Should Make in 2012”.  Here’s the link.  http://mostlylisa.com/blog/2012-resolutions/

Here are the resolutions:

  1. I will learn to use my gear
  2. I will practice my technical skill
  3. I will take more pictures
  4. I will not be limited by the gear I own
  5. I will learn to edit my photos and critique my own photos
  6. I will not give up on a potentially great shot

Hmmm.  That’s sort of interesting.  If you are involved in producing music, your resolutions might look like these:

  1. I will learn to use my gear
  2. I will practice my technical skill
  3. I will make more music
  4. I will not be limited by the gear I own
  5. I will learn to edit my music and critique my own music
  6. I will not give up on a potentially great track

There’s a funny symmetry at work there, I think.  I guess if I were a painter, the resolutions might be:

  1. I will learn to use my materials
  2. I will practice my technical skill
  3. I will paint more pictures
  4. I will not be limited by the materials I own
  5. I will learn to rework my pictures and critique my own pictures
  6. I will not give up on a potentially great painting

Wow.  This is getting uncanny.  Maybe lots of creative fields that use technically sophisticated tools are subject to these resolutions.  The gist is to learn to get the tools out of the way and get down to making art.  Make the use of the tools automatic, so that you don’t need to think about that anymore and get into the flow of your art creation.  Wise advice.

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You can find out more about me here: https://michaeltopic.wordpress.com/. There aren’t many people that exist in that conjunction of art, design, science and engineering, but this is where I live. I am an artist, a musician, a designer, a creator, a scientist, a technologist, an innovator and an engineer and I have a genuine, deep passion for each field. Most importantly, I am able to see the connections and similarities between each field of intellectual endeavour and apply the lessons I learn in one discipline to my other disciplines. To me, they are all part of the same continuum of creativity. I write about what I know, through my blogs, in the hope that something I write will resonate with a reader and help them enjoy their own creative life more fully. I am, in summary, a highly creative individual, but with the ability to get things done efficiently. Not all of these skills are valued by the world at large, but I am who I am and this is me. The opinions stated here are my own and not necessarily the opinion or position of my employer.
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2 Responses to Why Photographers Are Like Music Producers

  1. pauseobservereturn says:

    One of my resolutions for my time off work is to use my existing camera more, and to take it out with me so I have it available. But I also like point 4 above, and will use my iPhone camera where possible too (I’m continually impressed by the quality of the pictures I can take with just an iPhone… the technology has come on leaps and bounds in the past year or two).
    So I will be following these resolutions from a photography perspective 🙂

  2. I’ll look forward to seeing more of your pictures. 🙂

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