There seems to be this idea that if you are a serious photographer that you should go out on your own to take photos. I have never believed this or thought I was any less of a photographer because I don’t like doing that. It’s not that I don’t, I just prefer to have friends when I do. There are a few reasons for wanting to have people with you when you go out and here are 5.
It is understandable why some people prefer to go on their own. It is also important who you choose to go with.
I do understand why some people prefer to go alone and I know that who you go with is very important. I thought I could go through why I like company, beyond just having someone to talk to. Perhaps I will do it in a list.
1- Gives you Inspiration
There is something different when you go with someone else, you can inspire one another, making suggestions to each other. You may end up taking many photos that you would never have taken if it hadn’t been for the other photographer.
Maybe they see the world a little differently than you. You start to see the world through their eyes and that can inspire different images. You might find that the other person takes longer to take photos, and while you may be finished, it pushes you to take more images. Sometimes those images are among your best.
2 – Gets You Out of the House
You often hear from other photographers how they find it hard to get out of the house on their own. Before they leave to go somewhere the excuses start about why they shouldn’t go, and often the excuses win.
By organising an excursion with someone to go with, you are far more likely to go. For most people you don’t want to disappoint others. So, you just pack your gear and get ready to go. For many, including me, this is a massive advantage.
3 – It is Safer
Safety has be an issue as well. As photographers we often go to places that are not exactly safe and if something happened when you were on your own, then you may be in real trouble. In Australia many places that are remote are often without any phone service and you can’t always call for help. If you are on your own and fall, or get bitten by a snake, there is no one to help.
4 – Someone to Scout for Locations
Any time you go out looking for places to photograph, or going on a scouting trip it always good to have company as it can be dangerous to drive and look around at the same time. As one person does all the driving the other can be looking to see if they can find any good places to stop and take photos. Or they can make notes of places to come back to.
5 – More Fun
Without a doubt the best reason to go with another person is that you can have fun. You have someone to stop and have coffee with or lunch.
It can be a lot more entertaining and you have someone to have a laugh with. Unlike when you are on your own, which is solitary and maybe people like that, but there are others that prefer the company of others. Of course, the other person has to be someone you get along with.
Picking the Right People to Go With
It is so important to pick the right people to go with. Going with people who are not interested in photography can be a big mistake. If they are not really happy being there with you they may make you feel rushed and you won’t get the image you really want.
The best thing is to find people that you enjoy going out with and want to spend time with. More importantly, have the same passion as you.
It is best if they enjoy the same sort of photography as well so you will want to take photos together. There is nothing worse than going out with someone to take photos and you don’t want to photograph the same things. If you are both there to capture the same thing then you will have a lot more fun.
I have been very lucky and I have a number of people to go out and take photos with. I have built up quite a few friendships through teaching and through this blog. It has been fantastic meeting people through WordPress and then having the opportunity to go out and take photos with them.
It doesn’t really matter whether you prefer to go on your own or with other people, the most important thing is getting out to take photos. What do you prefer to do?
All the photos in the post today are from excursions where I went with other people.