It’s very easy to be overwhelmed as a photographer, especially when traveling. And yes, also with the sequels of trips where you have to review all your images.
Here are some tips to help you not be so overwhelmed.
To slow down
Stop. To breathe.
First, slow down. Take the time to enjoy all the new things you experience and see. Put the camera down for a while, and maybe even leave it behind for a few hours until you get your bearings. Yeah, I know it’s hard, but you’ll probably have your phone with you anyway. Think of it as a reconnaissance trip on that first day.
Go on a hop-on hop-off bus tour to find out where all the sights you want to visit are. Use your phone to record what you see that catches your eye. Then, when you take the time to go to these particular sites, you will be ready to create amazing images.
Pick a theme or topic so you don’t get overwhelmed
Do you always feel overwhelmed by everything? Can’t focus on what you see in front of you because everything is new and beautiful?
Pick a theme or topic to focus on. This will help you slow down and focus on finding images that work in the theme you choose. That doesn’t mean you won’t take pictures of something else. You will, however, be able to slow down your mind and be much more deliberate in what you choose to focus on.
To help! I have thousands of images to select and edit
Phew! Don’t we all know this happens? Talk about overwhelm. I’m still sitting on holiday pictures from three months ago. Never mind the countless photos I’ve taken over the past 10 years that are still waiting for me to go through them. At least when I shot the film, the rolls were developed and the prints were put into albums fairly quickly.
So where to start ?
You can apply the same concept to the felling and editing you do to create the images. Pick a theme or topic to focus on. Or, if you prefer, take your trip one day at a time. Start on day one, select and edit those images, then move on to the next day. If you’ve visited more than one city in a day, just start selecting and editing one city at a time.
Take the time to go through your images and put them into keywords, if you’re not already doing so. This will help you tremendously when you only want to see your theme/topic images to start editing. For example, I chose the word window to start browsing my summer vacation images. I will go through and add the keyword window to all images that match this topic.
Breaking it down into smaller topics or time periods makes it a lot less overwhelming to sift through. This, in turn, makes it much more enjoyable.
Have a purpose for the pictures
As I sit here and write this article, I haven’t lost sight that another way to overcome overwhelm is to have a purpose for your images. For my part, I barely touched my holiday images. But, now some of them have a purpose because I need images to use as examples here in this article. It gave me a reason to review and edit a few, and that’s a start.
What do I mean by having a purpose? Maybe you regularly post on social media or write blog posts about your images. Or you need it for articles and presentations. Whatever the reason, having a goal for your images helps motivate you to achieve them.
So what are you waiting for? Hope this helps you feel a little less overwhelmed.