How being a musician taught me to be a better photographer

food photography sundried tomato bean spread bread

've always been a fan of the regular practice. I think, no I KNOW it's from all my years as a musician. Even just 15 minutes a day every day was much more effective than 1 3/4 hours once a week. Exponentially more effective. Night and day really.

And now that I've been working on my photography, I've found the same to be true. 

A little something every day.

When the self discipline is lacking, have my #foliophoto weekly word prompt to inspire a photograph. And I'm part of an international Project52Pro group where we have a weekly assignment and critique.

I also try to bring along my camera when I'm out and about. I watch these short videos on Lightroom and Photoshop as well. And my feedly has a number of photography blogs that I read.

It's the creative version of a being active every day instead of the weekend warrior craziness. No artistic shin splints for me!

This is my latest Project52Pro photography assignment. I'm building a portfolio step by step.

The recipe is from the old Domino Magazine (a moment of silence for you design lovers out there) and was inspired by the amuse bouche of chickpeas that Babbo in NYC serves before your meal.

Rustic, simple, tasty. Perfect for a snack or a picnic. Travels well. Great with other antipasto.

White Bean and Sun Dried Tomato Spread

(print recipe here)

4 15 ounce cans cannellini or great northern beans, drained and rinsed

20 sun dried tomatoes in olive oil, drained and chopped

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

2 teaspoons dried coriander seeds (I use ground if not available)

2 teaspoons dried fennel seeds

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

kosher or sea salt to taste

Combine all ingredients but the salt together in a large bowl. Mash until it JUST holds together. Add more olive oil a tablespoon at a time if necessary. Season with salt. Spread onto toasted peasant bread.

o you have a daily practice with your creative work? What is it?