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Try something new to reinvigorate your photography


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Sometimes it takes something new to get yourself out of a rut.

For my entire career I have exclusively made pictures with Canon cameras. My recent foray into the Fujifilm camera (the X100 series) has been eye-opening.

I’ve spent some time on the street roaming Colorado Springs with this camera. And I’ve found real inspiration.

It wasn’t that long ago that I was totally burned out. The thought of going outside and photographing without getting paid for doing it pained me.

I didn’t want to lug my DSLRs around to take pictures anymore. My mind was still working. I was still taking pictures in my head. But I didn't have the energy to use a camera to make those pictures a reality.

I was fighting with myself just to get out and take pictures, something I've always loved to do.

Trying something new turned out to be the best medicine. The last few weeks have been so much fun. I feel refreshed and invigorated to shoot and to do so without a paying gig.

I’ve also found myself returning to my favorite genre — street photography.

Over the next few weeks, I plan to show recent images and talk about how to photograph the street; how to find graphic elements, and how to be patient and wait for a picture to develop.

Most importantly, I want to show you how to see a story unfold naturally without any prompting, and to document that story in a single photograph.

Here’s are some pictures I’ve shot over the last several days. Each one, I think, tells a little story.
Let me know what inspires you and what it takes to reawaken your inner photographer in the comments below. Share a link to your pictures whether it's Instagram, Facebook or something else.

Happy shooting!

Sean Cayton is a wedding photojournalist of 19 years and operates a successful, award-winning wedding photography studio in Colorado Springs. He's also an award-winning photojournalist. Sean is happily married to the love of his life (also his business partner) and is father to three beautiful children. When he’s not working, Sean can be found outside flying kites with his kids, hitting golf balls or casting a fly rod to hungry trout.

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