Death Valley - Seeing life through the eyes of a phtographer

Seeing Life Through the Eyes of a Photographer

Death Valley - Seeing life through the eyes of a phtographer

Me in Death Valley

Seeing Life Through the Eyes of a Photographer

Presently I’m feeling incredibly blessed to be attending Michael Hyatt‘s Platform Conference in Nashville courtesy of my awesome employers and friends Ric & Cyndi Benson of The Grace & Strength Lifestyle. Meeting some of these people in person is cooler to me than meeting Justin Beiber would be to a teenage girl. In Michael’s lesson tonight he mentioned seeing life through the eyes of a photographer.  As a lifelong student of photography, I’d love to share what that means to me with you.

5 Lessons I’ve learned through photography

I could literally talk for hours about the life lessons that can be learned through the analogy of photography. However, since I’d like to keep you guys from going into a permanent vegetative state, I’m going to limit this post to only 5 simple lessons.


Everything Has Potential For Beauty

Corn Field – Iowa

1. Everything Has Potential for Beauty

I’ve found that one of my favorite challenges as a photographer is to pick a random subject and find a beautiful way to photograph it. I’m convinced that everything has the potential for beauty when viewed from the right perspective, with the right lens, and with the proper illumination.

I’m also convinced that if we’re willing to look hard enough, we can find beauty and purpose within every purpose and situation we face in life. Sometimes it just requires taking the effort to see it from a different perspective, through a different lens, or by illuminating it more efficiently.

Focus Matters

Focus Matters – Decorative Grass

2. Focus Matters

As a professional photographer, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve taken the perfect photograph only to find out that the subject was out of focus. As a viewer, our eyes are always drawn to the objects in focus and pulled away from those that aren’t.

Much of life is about telling a story. Our lives present our greatest product and message to our viewers. I can’t think of many things more important than constantly checking our focus. Am I focusing my time, energy, and talents on those things that I most want my life to communicate?

Fill The Frame -

Sacred Datura (i think)

3. Fill The Frame

The first lesson I teach aspiring photographers is one of the simplest and most powerful. Fill the frame with your subject. If you’re taking a picture of a flower, fill as much of that picture with the flower as you can. Most people make the mistake of photographing a field with a tiny little dot that was the flower.

As you begin to identify your purpose in life, one of your first goals should be to progressively fill more and more of your life with that purpose. Lean into your strengths and delegate your weaknesses. Do one thing extraordinarily, not ten things well.

Couples Photo Session with Paint Fight

Take Lots of Pictures – Lauren & Kris – Thanks!

4. Take Lots of Pictures

I’ve often said, “The secret to being a great photographer is to take about 500,000 pictures, and then only show people the best 10.” I estimate that I’ve shot around half a million images during the last 15 years. Most of them weren’t great, but if I showed you my portfolio, you would never know.

In life, never stop trying. Do it again, and again, and again. You’ll get better with practice, and eventually you’ll become really good. Occasionally though, you’ll do something spectacular that all the world wants to see.

Bonus:  One of my favorite quotes that my pastor frequently shares, “Don’t compare your outtakes with someone else’s highlight real. You’ll only get discouraged.” Trust me, I’ve never met a professional who doesn’t take a LOT of bad pictures.

Always Be Ready - seeing life through the eyes of a photographer

Always Be Ready

5. Always Be Ready

Ask any photographer, and they’ll tell you about some of the most beautiful sunsets, remarkable events, and heartfelt moments that would have made an outstanding photograph… if only they would have had their camera with them at the time.

You can spend all the time in the world developing skills and talents, but if you don’t show up dressed to play, you’ll miss the opportunity. Laziness, sloppiness  apathy, and disorganization can all to easily cost you that one precious moment.

I’ll leave you today with a verse from the song, Lose Yourself by Eminem

Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity to seize everything you ever wanted in one moment – would you capture it or just let it slip? – Eminem

About the Author

Jeremy BinnsWhen I'm not trying to save the world from the coming zombie invasion, I love my wife, hug my daughters, write, photograph, listen, observe, explore, and worship.View all posts by Jeremy Binns →

"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose." - Jim Elliot

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