dannequin wrote in post #16710130
I have a thing that I feel I battle with.
It seems that with a lot of my work, I tend to focus on the right F stop, ISO, shutter, white balance -- to the point where I'm too technical that I feel like I don't feel like an artist.
For some people they can set minimal settings and aim their camera and produce amazing results that take little effort (in my opinion) -- I however, tend to over think and tend to obsess if something isn't perfect.
Is there any way to overcome this, or is it something that's tied to being a photographer?
It seems that you are seeking a philosophical shift in approach, and should any desired readjustment even exists, it could take some time for it to manifest.
POTN, in particular, pushes the 'technical', and in some sense, there is comfort in this, as ultimately, it is relatively easy to master; especially with modern cameras being able to do so much of the work.
However, technical perfection has never been a prerequisite for great photography, and excessive reliance on such perfection can lead to sterile, uninspired work. And no, such retentive desire for perfection is not unique to photography, but I would contend that such strive has intensified with the advent of digital, a side effect of pixel peeping.
This does not mean that you must jump from one extreme to the other. That is, I gather you are not, in analogous terms, seeking to randomly splatter pain over the canvas; and in fact, there's no reason why you need to ditch the technical aspect if that matches your style.
Yet, I would assume that as you've become more proficient at the technical, you should have more room to concentrate on the aesthetic. It's simply (although it might not be simple in actual practice) a matter of shifting some of your mental resources to the artistic component.
What do you like to look at? Why?
To note, how one expresses their vision is their choice, and if do in fact want to, again, analogously, want to splatter the paint on the canvas, that's fine...other's seek the more conventional, but in the end, it's about what sincerely motivates you.