Use a new tool

I had to get some wide angle architectural shots for work last week so I rented a different lens for my camera. It was surprising what a difference it made in how I looked at the world through my camera. I began visualizing different shots that would benefit from having such a wide field of view. I took long, sweeping shots of landscapes and buildings. The new lens definitely brought a new perspective and influenced when and where I shot.

If you use something to make something, try using a different tool. If you paint with watercolor, try finger painting. If you write with a computer, try writing with a crayon. If you compose with a piano, try composing with a mandolin. You may have to slow way down and be more deliberate about creating, but that’s the benefit of using a new tool.


 A wide angle view of the bridge at Beaver Creek State Park.