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I'm a software developer and photography enthusiast. I'm into street and documentary photography mostly. I'm also a co-founder of Gear Offer: http://gearoffer.com

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Creator vs. Editor

Don FitzsimmonsDon Fitzsimmons

I recently stumbled upon a great documentary series on Netflix called Abstract: The Art of Design. If you haven't seen it, you should definitely check it out. The very first episode documents the career of a an illustrator named Christoph Niemann. His creativity is unreal. He's on a level that's mind boggling.

Anyway, during this episode, he discusses the need to separate his creator side from his editor side. I know it's a simple thing, but for me, it was a real eye opener. So often when I'm out shooting, I'm editing images before I even shoot them. "Naw, that's not worth shooting." "The background is too distracting." "That would make a great image if..."

I'm doing this all the time, acting like a photo editor when I should just be creative, shooting anything. I really think leaving my inner photo editor at home has to be learned over time, but I'm making progress and I'm shooting more things that I would have otherwise filtered out.

Think about how many images you may have shrugged off because you were acting like a photo editor when you should have been making images, experimenting and trying new things. Save the editing for later, when you're back home at the computer. You never know what's possible if you turn off your inner critic and just create.

I'm a software developer and photography enthusiast. I'm into street and documentary photography mostly. I'm also a co-founder of Gear Offer: http://gearoffer.com

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