Are you a summer break martyr, one of those folks who wishes for and talks about taking a vacation but never seems to do it? In the past, I have said, “We have to try so-and-so this year,” and then before I knew it, it was Labor Day and the opportunity was lost. Now I know better. I research new adventures and put them on my calendar, invite friends and family, and just take off to enjoy what nature and my locale have to offer in the summer.

The story flashes back to when young Edward (Eisenheim’s real name) first meets a traveling magician. He instantly becomes enthralled with magic and spends every free moment practicing it. His intensity and dedication captures the heart of Sophie, a girl from an aristocratic family. They become fast friends and eventually something more. Edward gives her a magical necklace, which he asks her to keep close to her heart. One night, as they meet, Sophie is literally pulled from Edward’s arms. He is warned that if he ever sees her again, he will be put in jail along with the rest of his family. Defeated, lonely, and broken hearted, Edward leaves Vienna and is not seen for 15 years. When he does finally return it is in the role of Eisenheim the Illusionist.

Notice these are examples of what we traditionally think of as a career, a vocation, a calling. There is something more subtle and equally as important, which is simply who you are being.

This may seem obvious, but if you’re interested in becoming a “great” photographer, you’ll need to shoot lots and lots of photos. The more pictures you take, the better you will get. Look at my boards is often as much about luck and timing as it is technology and skill. Even “great” photographers only average three or four good shots at a time, so don’t worry about taking a lot of pictures. It’s far worse to miss a photo opportunity than to take too many pictures!

Another common source of inspiration for photography is through a second person point of view. Many times, the lives and conversations of other people can inspire you and your story. Pay attention to the people around you. Notice their behavior and listen to their conversations.

I constantly remind myself that if Terry was able to run through Canada, one of the world’s biggest countries, without a leg there is no physical precondition that can stop me from achieving my goals.

You can inspire and influence your thinking by reading different things, and use it to help create your own masterpiece. This is called creating Art from Art. Many brilliant writers use this technique to develop their work. You may never know when you will stumble upon something in the newspaper or on the Internet that triggers your interest.

Once again, try these tips out when photographing lights and candles! I sincerely do hope that you find this article useful! All the best at your attempt to photograph lighted objects!