Solo Or Partners?

November 16, 2018  •  1 Comment

A couple of my photographer friends who have moved out of state have told me they find it challenging to get motivated without having someone shoot with.  To be honest, I kind of feel the same way.  


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Even if when we reached our desired location we went off in different directions, knowing we were close by was a nice feeling.  And having a friend who also obsessed over photography is motivating as well.  I like having shared interests with the people I choose to have in my life.  It’s one more thing that we can talk about.  Being an introvert, as you know, if you’ve been my friend for some time makes it more challenging for me to reach out.  But if someone shares some of my obsessions, such as writing or photography, it’s easier to break the ice with conversation.  One of the traits of being an introvert is that I shrink from small talk.  I’d rather remain silent than engage in trivial conversation.


And having another photographer to travel with can also motivate you to improve your own talent. Knowing someone is close by with their own camera can only push you to take better pictures.  You both want to get the best possible picture, not out of some perceived envy some kind of competition, but because you want the other to improve, because If you’re friends first, then you’re motivating each other out of a desire to see each other do the best the possibly can.


It’s also a benefit if you share the same camera systems.  If you both shoot with Canon Eos or Nikon, you can cut down on the number of lenses you carry provided you both have different focal lengths. When one of you is shooting with one lens and if you want a different lens, you can probably swap.  This doesn’t just apply to lenses.  You can trade filters, provided you have the same size lenses.  Memory cards will work too if you use the same type.


There are so many benefits to partnering up with a fellow photographer, even if you’re not close friends.  That partnering up may develop into a friendship.  You should consider it.  It doesn’t have to be a competition.  And if that is a worry, find someone who doesn’t shoot exactly what you do.  Just having someone to discuss photography with will make this worth the effort and as I said above, it may develop a new friendship.


Don’t isolate.  The arts and creating art is isolating enough.  We all need alone time.  However, it is with others who push us to be the best we can be that we improve.  Don’t let fear hold you back.  Reach out to other photographers in your area.  Ask if they want to shoot together.  That’s how new friendships are started.



In the meantime:
Focus on what's ahead of you.




Roy A Ackerman, PhD, EA(non-registered)
I never considered traveling with another photographer. Of course, my photography is more on the amateur level (although I have served as a photographer and editor for publications). And, now that my Minolta- wait KonicaMinolta- oops Sony- system of lenses and bodies is an also ran, that sharing of lenses may be more difficult.
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