Every photographer goes through a creative rut. When everything seems over and there is no more creativity left. When it feels like photographing the same images over and over again. The shutter clicks stop becoming exciting. Does it sound familiar? Are you one of those people who is looking for some inspiration to revive the Photography addict inside you. Do not worry, it happens to the best of photographers too. Here, we will take a look at some tips to free your mind and make your love for photographing blossom again.
1. Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
For too long you have been confined to a specific style and process of shooting your Photographs.They may be your most favourite setup which makes you feel comfortable. It could be the mode you use in the camera, a specific style of photography like Portraits or Landscapes, the choice of lens etc. Change it. Come out of your comfort zone. Try new things. You might even start liking it. In the worst case, you would have at least learnt something.
Are you using Auto mode, try Aperture priority/Shutter Priority. If using one of those already go full manual. You like Portraits? prefer long lenses? Try shooting landscapes or maybe portraits with wider lenses. This can lead to a whole new perspective towards photography, Literally. The perspective and composition of your images will be different once you have moved away from whatever you have been comfortable with.
2. Take up Challenges
Challenge yourself.Form your own challenge or find one online. There are loads of challenges you can join in social media. Like Posting a photo every day for 30 days, taking pictures based on a theme every weekend etc. There are a million things to challenge yourself with. Set up a time frame and style of photography and the number of photographs you will like to share. Use this as motivation.Find what other photographers are doing. Look at other inspiring photos. Join groups and participate actively.
Try picking out themes like finding patterns in the cityscape, specific Colours, moving traffic etc. When you have a goal in mind, your boundaries expand.
Alternately, you can enter photo contests. Though many contests have an entry fee, there are quite a number of free contests where you can post and get feedback. Also, these contests provide you new themes to work upon.
3. Learn new Techniques
As a photographer, there are few things more motivating than trying a new photography technique. The photographers through the ages have come up with some spectacular techniques to capture sights which we couldn't imagine. Instead of just the basics, move a little forward and try something unique. Photographing the milky way using long exposures, Using High-speed sync to bring fast moving objects to a standstill, making art with paint drops or smoke, capturing star trails or fire trails, using motion blur to convey speed, aerial photography, stop motion etc. There are a million different ways of using these techniques to create unique images. There are no limits to creativity.
Likewise, Editing also has a lot of scopes to learn and improvise. There are a plethora of tutorials on the internet by several tutors. Editing techniques like stacking, compositing, masking, airbrushing etc can all be learnt online. But make sure to practice. In combination with the above-mentioned photography techniques, you can let your imagination fly and achieve stunning results.
4. Invest in new gear
Do you want to become really good at what you are, get the appropriate equipment. If Macro photography is where your heart is, invest in a macro lens. If you are struggling to take long exposures, buy a good and sturdy tripod. In case your portraits lack finesse, get a good strobe system. Get yourself an intervalometer and get into the world of time-lapses. Keep aside your kit lens and order a proper telephoto or wide lens. There could be the next National geographic photographer inside you. Figure out which kind of photography pulls your strings, get the gear specific to it and go crazy!
If you are one of those people who this post is targeted for, I hope it helps you to take your next step into new horizons. Leave us a comment if you need any detailed explanation of the techniques mentioned in the post. That could very well be our next article.Tips to rekindle the photography passion within you! Click To Tweet