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No plans, no excuses: Just go photograph the world around you

It’s a beautiful day outside and you’re sitting on your bum binge watching Stranger Things on Netflix. No, I’m not talking to you. I’m talking about your friend. But since you are reading this, I hope you will find a little inspiration along the way so you can just go shoot.

Photography plans? You don’t need any stinking plans

Planning can be overrated and sometimes it can be fun to just go shoot. Be spontaneous and do some problem solving on location. You don’t always need a plan to get you moving in the right direction. You just need a little bit of inspiration. Your friend is stuck on the couch waiting for you to get inspired. This is a great way to go out and have a little fun. Be spontaneous and live a little.

Shooting without a subject

Don’t have any friends available to stand in front of the camera? Just go shoot without a person or subject. Let the environment be your subject. Take a trip to downtown or your local park and explore some of the wildlife. Maybe practice with that new macro lens that never gets used. You can also do some street style photography and capture daily life. Either way, you don’t need a person to stand in front of the camera.

Exploring Photography
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Exploring the world around you

This is a great time to go scouting and learn more about your area. Find new parks or lakes that will give you ideas for location shoots in the future. Take a few shots to help you remember where you are and why you liked the location. Build a small library of locations so you can add variety to your photo sessions.

The outdoors is not the only place to explore. You can also go visit your favorite places to shop. Local malls, coffee shops or game rooms. These might become some cool places to snap a few photos for fun.

Finding Photography inspiration
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Finding the inspiration

Visit your local library and browse some photography books. You can also check in on the latest news and images in popular magazines. Read some of the articles and maybe get inspired to try a new photography or technique. There is visual inspiration all around you, you just have to open your eyes and be ready to see it.

Just get out and shoot

The point of this article is to help you understand you don’t always need a plan. You can be spontaneous and explore your surroundings for beautiful shots. Taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary is what photography is all about. You are telling a visual story, and this takes practice. So whatever you’re doing right now, get off your computer and get shooting!


Jason Dallas Portraits Model Test ShootsJason The Creative – Dallas Portrait Photographer

Photography just decided to grow on me and I never looked back. I am a portrait photographer growing and specializing in model test shoots. Every one starts somewhere and this is my story. Instagram.com/jasonthecreative


What’s in my camera bag

My Portrait Photography Gear for Model Test Shoots

Sony a7riii Mirrorless Camera
High Resolution Studio Camera
Sony a7iii Mirrorless Camera
Great Photo & Video Camera
Sony 85mm f1.4 GMaster
Best Portrait Lens
Sony 35mm F1.8
Great wide lens for lifestyle shoots
Sony Zeiss 55mm f1.8
First lens I purchased – Amazing and light
Sony 24-70mm F2.8 GMaster
Best all-in-one Portrait Zoom Lens
Sony 24-105 f4.0 G Lens
Best all around walk-around lens

Secondary Portrait Photography Camera and Lens

Sony a6400 Mirrorless Camera (crop-sensor)
Small & amazing quality
Sony 16-55mm f2.8 G Lens
Super sharp and versatile

Sony Mirrorless Bodies You Should See

Sony a7rii
High Quality Studio Camera
Sony a7ii
Great General Purpose Camera
Sony a7sii
High Quality Video Camera
Sony a6600
Photo and Video Camera
Sony a6500
Crop Sensor Video Camera
Sony a6300
Amazing Budget Starter Camera

Full-Frame Lenses You Should Check Out

Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Lens
Great budget option zoom lens
Sony 70-200 F2.8 Lens
Amazing Quality Zoom Lens
Sony 16-35mm f2.8 Lens
Superb wide-angle Lens
Sony 85mm F1.8 Lens
Great Budget Portrait Lens
Sony 24mm F1.4 Lens
Sharp Wide Prime Lens

Crop-Sensor Lenses You Just Might Need

Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Lens
Great budget option zoom lens
Sony 18-105 F4.0 Lens
Awesome Video Lens
Sigma 16mm F1.4
Great YouTube Lens
Sigma 30mm F1.4
Sharp & Light Weight Lens
Sigma 56mm F1.4
Go-To Portrait Lens

My Current Off Camera Studio Flash Lighting / Location Kits

Profoto Air Remote TTL-S
Remote Trigger
Profoto B2 250 AirTTL Location Kit
Portable light strobes
Profoto OCF 2×3 Softbox
Portable soft light modifier
Profoto OCF Softbox 2ft Octa
Small direct soft box
Profoto 41in Deep Medium Umbrella
Main studio modifier
Profoto OCF Speedring
Modifier connector


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