One of the main issues I have have is telling myself that I don’t have time to go shoot. While this is somewhat true, it’s not completely honest.
You make time for the things you want. I have to remember this myself. Like the great Jedi Master Yoda once said…”Do or Do Not…there is no try.” Either you make time to shoot or you don’t.
I work in an office from about sunrise until 3:30, at which time, I pick my 5 year old daughter up from school and my “Daddy Shift” begins. I also still have to work remotely from my home until about 5pm. It is just me and my daughter until my wife gets home about 9pm. Next up is bed time.
Don’t get me wrong, I am blessed with my current situation. I also really love spending time with my daughter each day. That said, It is really is hard to get shooting time in when my day is basically booked from the time I get up until the time I go to bed.
So how do I do it?
For one, I use my lunch break as much as possible. I am lucky that I work on a main street in a historic down town area. There are not that many people on the street to photograph like you would see in larger cities, but it makes up for it with cool old buildings to explore. Getting out and walking the streets, camera in hand, not only helps me stretch and get blood flowing, it also helps my creativity since I have to find new ways to shoot the things I see everyday.
The other way I have been incorporating more photography into my life is simple. Get my daughter into photography. While she is young and my not be able to help me shoot a wedding anytime soon, she does bring a level of enthusiasm to the table that is down right refreshing. With her new found love of photography, that is one more thing we can do together. I gave her a small p&s camera that is a number of years old so that if she breaks or looses it, no big deal. Now we can have daddy-daughter photo shoots at the park, or attend photo walks together.
This is mostly how I fit in my shooting. Your circumstances may be different, but maybe this will give you some ideas. If you are still having a hard time, at least check out some training videos, read some photography books about the “masters”, and watch some documentaries. These are no substitute for shooting, but it is at least a small step in the right direction. You can also learn your camera inside and out so that when you do get an opportunity to go, you are not fumbling with dials and menus.