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I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts in the last couple of weeks and one of the more interesting ones I’ve come across is a LensWork episode on developing personal style. One of the topics of discussion was on the need to impose limits to really make progress. It seems counterintuitive to impose limits on a creative vocation such as photography but it makes a lot of sense. Limits force you to do meaningful exploration. Yes, there is a case for letting the muse take you where she will but if you don’t put some sort of structure around it, you’ll find that you’ll just be scratching the surface before being pulled off in other directions. This is especially relevant for a subject as wide and varied as photography.

So pick a genre - maybe you like portraits.

Or a subject - you might have a thing for cats.

Or pick a lens - 50mm primes seem to be a favourite.

Or combine all 3! Cat portraits using only a 50mm prime lens.

Whatever it is, put some limits on yourself and you’ll soon become a better photographer.

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