Lindsay Weber Photography

Where To Find Inspiration to Better Your Photography

17 January 2014
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A common problem that many photographers often face after shooting for awhile is that they often get stuck in a rut. They might lose enthusiasm and creativity or feel like they are just shooting the same old things over and over again. Well it’s a new year! I’ve come up with a list of things that might help you get inspired to pick up your camera and shoot more creatively!

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1. Change Your Perspective

Often times when I’m unhappy with how a shot is turning out, I will move my position to change up my perspective. If you are shooting something like a sculpture, instead of shooting it head on try getting on the floor and shooting up at it or walk around, get high or get low and shoot from different angles until you get something unique that you really love.

2. Start a 365 Day Photo Project or 30 Day Photo Challenge

I have completed at least one 365 Day Photo Project and let me tell you, it really pushes you to find new and interesting things to take pictures of because you have to post a picture every day (whether it be to Facebook, Flickr, or wherever you’d like to share the pics you take). If a 365 Day project seems too daunting of a task to take on you can try a 30 Day Photo Challenge which usually involves a list of something particular to shoot for every day in a month. I find these projects really push my creativity and in the end I end up really improving my photography.

3. Browse Online Forums, Blogs and Websites

Why not get inspired by other photographer’s work? Go online and check out what other photographers are taking pictures of by looking at their websites or blogs. Or join a photography community online where you can view thousands of topics on photography. There are several other websites you can look at to get inspired such as Flickr, Pinterest and 500px. I have my own Pinterest account myself where I save all sorts of pictures that inspire me. Check them out here!

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4. Pick A Theme

Sometimes just picking a theme of what to photograph will help keep you inspired. For instance, you could choose to photograph motion which could entail anything from blurring the background of a biker riding by to freezing motion by capturing drops of water dripping from a faucet. Other themes you could choose from might be: shadows, light, silhouettes, nature, or even just a color.

5. Take A  Photography Class

Taking a photography class will help broaden your skill set. You can learn different techniques you might not have mastered yet such as stopping motion, creating light trails, how to shoot in the dark, etc. I always enjoyed taking classes because I would usually get assignments each week that would force me to shoot different types of scenarios that I might not have thought of before. I also always loved getting helpful critiques on my photos each week from my teachers and classmates.

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6. Get Outside & Go For A Walk

Even just taking a simple walk around your neighborhood can help you find things that might inspire you such as storefronts, signage, parks, coffee shops, etc. With seasons  changing you can find things around your neighborhood that you might not have had the chance to photograph yet. Changing leaves in the fall, snow covered trees and newly budding flowers all make for great subjects to photograph that you might come across on a walk.

7. Choose a Style

Another great way to find a little bit of inspiration is to choose a specific style of photography you’d like to try. You could try shooting street photography or only in black and white. Macro photography is a great way to show objects in a very different way. Maybe you’d like to try shooting landscapes or architecture. Try something you don’t usually shoot. Who knows, you might just find that you love a different type of style than what you’re used to shooting in.

So the answer to the question, “Where do I find inspiration from when I get into a photography rut?” is… well, everywhere and anywhere really. We all need a little inspiration from time to time. I hope these suggestions have given you some new ideas on how to push yourself to keep shooting and get more creative with your photography this year.

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