It’s a problem we all deal with. Whether it’s work, studies, or a family there are always factor that will hinder our abilities to get out into the field and shoot. These typical thing you are told is to just make time, but we all know it’s not as easy as that.
For myself it’s school. Now about four weeks into my freshman year in University, I am absolutely engulfed in work. In fact, the only reason I have time to write the blog is thanks to a nice, little laundry break! Four weeks of works also means more than four weeks since I have been out in the field. Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of wildlife in the area that I’m in. Deer, Coyotes, and Birds of Prey can all be found around my campus just outside of San Francisco, California. That being said, just because the wildlife is there doesn’t mean I’ve been able to get out and look for it.
So what can you do to remain sane in such busy times? Here are just a few tips on ways that I’ve dealt with the frustration of not being able to get out and shoot some animals. They work quite well for me, and hopefully they work well for you too!
1. Grab a coffee and edit some pictures! Perhaps the best way that I have been able to cope with time outside the bush is to remember my time in the bush. I am always going through old pictures on my Lightroom catalog, sometimes uncovering some hidden gems from years past. You never realize how easy it is to have missed an amazing shot you took until you look back and see for yourself!
2. Write a blog! Yep, exactly what I’m doing now. It’s a great way to get your mind off of whatever you are stressing about and onto what you love. That could take the form of cooking, reading, or in my case wildlife photography!
3. Pick up your camera and shoot anything! Whether it’d be a bird in your backyard, your dog, or even your kid, it is incredibly important to keep using your camera. Even if it is only for five minutes, it is always worth it!
4. Watch a documentary! From the likes of Dereck and Beverly Joubert to David Attenborough there are tons of incredible documentarians to watch and learn from. After my first trip to Africa, this was my way of maintaining contact. The Jouberts’ documentaries inspired my passion and love for conservation ultimately ending in a six week internship for the two people who would become my role models.
5. Read the Wild Eye Blog! And if you don’t have time for a documentary? Well, read the Wild Eye blog! Almost every day there is new content being put up. From trip reports to camera tips to the creative side of photography, new and exciting content is always on the way. And better yet, the team is ever-growing!
6. And finally…start planning your next trip! Yep, even if it is a year away there is nothing that can take you back to the bush like planning to get back to the bush! I am always coming up with new ideas for trip possibilities and looking at whatever options I can to get back. In my opinion it’s the best use of my free time and always keeps me excited and on edge!
I hope that this offered you a bit of insight into what you can do when you can’t get out into the field! If you have any questions on wildlife photography or conservation work, I always love answering them. It’s just another way I stay in touch when I can’t be out and about. My email is email@example.com if you have any questions!
Until next time.
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