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ajaxblu
03-28-17, 10:24 AM
<!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--> I posted about this in a reply here about writing but I wanted to see if other ADHD photogs have this same issue or have any advice....


I shoot lots of different things. People, animals, (both candid and posed for those), fine art, product, sports, macroÖ and I have the following trouble for everything I doÖ



Iíll use a couples shoot as an example: Letís say we first shoot at a park. I take shots of a particular composition on a swing Ė three, just in case one was blurry or they blinked. Then I'll change the composition on the swing in case it looks better this new way, and take three shots of that. Etc. Then we may move to slides or jungle gym and do a few compositions there.



I'll get caught up in the moment of making that shot perfect for each pose, and my mind will jump between 1) going off on a creative tangent and forget about moving on, and 2) being worried that I'm doing something wrong and not being a good photographer so lingering to make sure Iím doing it right. It's hard for me to remember - Hey it's time to move on. Then the clients and I will move to a different location, sayÖ a bridge beside that park and Iíll do several scenarios there. Then elsewhere, etc. Because I keep seeing lots of possibilities and don't want to miss any of them.




This makes my photo shoots far too long, which is bad for both me and the client. This also leaves me with hundreds, sometimes thousands, of shots to have to sift through later when I edit in lightroom/photoshop. With my decision-making skills, this takes forever and is stressful. Then, each of those shots needs to be edited absolutely perfectly. Etc.

I try to have an assistant when I do shoots to keep me moving, but can't always have one, and since itís my daughter, she usually isnít able to keep me from taking too many shots. Since I do this on the side of my regular day job, my shoots are intermittent so I canít get a regular assistant whoís not my daughter.



I tried keeping a shot list with me and only shooting what's on the list so I don't go overboard; but those lists screw up my artistic process and it looks unprofessional, like I'm looking at a cheat sheet.


Also, my editing process is a time-consuming disorganized mess. Iíve seen lightroom tutorials about how to manage, but I havenít been able to wrap my head around something that would work for me.


And I canít market to save my life.



I wonder if any other photogs (or anyone) have any advice for:

1) Keeping on track instead of taking so many shots on shoots.
2) Making decisions on getting rid of shots later instead of keeping so many.
3) The editing process, as far as what steps in editing you take first, then next, etc. to save time.
4) Management/filing of in-process photos and edits of photos, and then filing of completed projects.
5) Narrowing down to a smaller number of genres you shoot instead of doing it all.
6) Maintaining a website and marketing yourself when you donít have a practical thought in your head.


Thanks!


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notoutthewoods
04-16-17, 01:54 AM
I've done freelance photography work but I'm more just an enthusiastic hobbyist who does lots of vanity projects. I can definitely help you with marketing and setting up an easy-to-maintain-yourself website. I also might be able to offer some tricks and tips for staying more organized and BEING MORE DECISIVE with your photography. You definitely need to relax a bit.

I will drop you a PM with my email address if you want to chat.

ajaxblu
04-17-17, 10:00 AM
Thank you so much. I've received your pm and will consider contacting you at some point. I appreciate your time.

Ipsofacto
05-31-17, 03:43 PM
I was a company/industrial photographer many years ago. Shooting people was always difficult for me. I tend not to look at people's faces generally, so when taking pictures of people, I had to try to remember to keep checking their faces through the lens. I definitely felt more stress working with people, than I would for other subjects. Stress increases the likelihood of typical ADHD lapses of attention. I would for sure take more shots with people for that reason. Taking a lot of shots though is not unusual. It used to be called the bucket method of photography.

The hardest part of photography for me was consistency. I was never very methodical, which in the days of film, consistent method was even more important than it is today. Recording the camera settings and light set up/levels used was very hard for me. Once the shoot was over, I would want to be done with it, not taking notes. Also, I would always be trying something new. Not the best way to get consistent results.

My best advice FWIW, is to be rigidly systematic with photography for clients. That will reduce the chances of errors. Be ruthless with editing out the shots you don't need, to reduce clutter. A focussing method that works well for me, and would be good for the actual shoot, is mental commentary. Talk your self through check lists for each set of shots. You might feel less need to take extras.