Three Reasons to Get Out Your Comfort Zone

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Much of my time shooting editorial content is spent in urban environments, either in a studio or out on the streets. While I highly enjoy spending time in those places, it can lead to stagnation. So this past weekend, I escaped from Seattle to head out to Snoqualmie Pass to shoot with Jessica. Learned a good bit while shooting out there that you can takeaway with you.

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Use the Space

With so much room to work around, keeping an eye out for elements that can lend to composition helps make for a stronger image. For this shot, I used the lines of the slopes and the layering of mountains, trees and field to give the shot layers.

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Break Out the Toys

Being in familiar settings can lead to a tendency to aim for familiar results. Use X body with Y lens with Z flash. With a wide open area to play in, it gives more freedom to mix it up with everything from tried and true primes lenses to the zoom lenses I don’t use as often. Experiment and try things you normally wouldn’t under normal circumstances.

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It’s Not A Simulation

Backdrops are wonderful, but there’s nothing that compares to being actually on location for a shoot and having those natural elements in play that you can’t control, whether it’s mist from the cold or spray from the ocean.


Whether you’re a studio or street photographer, putting yourself into a different situation than normal might help break out a rhythm and help bring a new perspective to your work.

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