Do you ever feel the urge to take photos but find yourself stuck in a photography rut? It’s frustrating when your camera is ready for action but your muse is having a snooze. Fear not – here’s a list of quick and easy ways to break out of that rut and find inspiration again!
Change up your style
Colour-lovers, go monochrome for a day. Portrait photographers, try your hand at shooting landscapes. You don’t have to be instantly great at it – it’s all about the experience. Making a concentrated effort to create images that look completely different from what you usually shoot or how you usually process and edit will not only help you to REALLY think about what you already do, but will also introduce you to whole new worlds. It might be difficult to go from taking pictures of animals to taking pictures of buildings, for example, but challenging yourself to think outside of your own photographic box can be just what you need to kick your muse into gear.
Let go of perfection
If you spend your days creating photos for other people (looking at you, wedding and commercial photographers), it’s easy to fall into the super important but restrictive habit of always needing everything to be pin-sharp at 100% magnification and appealing to the person or company you’re shooting for. If you’re feeling trapped by perfection, let it go…temporarily. I don’t mean intentionally become terrible at your job, ignore your clients’ needs or shoot pictures you know your audience will hate. I mean spend some quality time with your camera when the only person who matters is you. Get snap-happy and focus on enjoyment, not people-pleasing or self-criticism, even if the photos you take during these sessions never make it further than your own hard drive. Play is good for the soul!
If you shoot with a dSLR all the time, try setting your ‘big camera’ aside for a day (or a week) and embracing the camera you have in your pocket all the time – your mobile phone! The challenge of using less advanced tools can help shift you out of your rut by making you approach your subject differently. You could even try processing photos on your mobile device with an app like Snapseed or VSCO Cam. Simplicity can be beautiful!
Learn something new
Whether you’re a professional photographer with years of experience or a beginner who has firmly settled into your comfort zone (already!), there’s bound to be something you haven’t tried yet that excites you. You might want to play with a new toy, like a cheap and cheerful macro lens attachment or magnifying filter, or you could spend some time with your favourite editing software, getting to grips with a technique you’ve never tried before. If you’re a digital baby, why not give film a shot? The important thing here is finding pleasure in learning.
Photograph what you love
For a lot of people starting out in photography, taking photos of your family, friends, pets and home can be your first experience of creating images that you’re proud of. If you’re stuck in a photography rut, why not take it back to where you first found inspiration and point your camera at the people and things that bring a smile to your face every day?
How do you find inspiration for your photography? What’s your favourite way to break out of a photographic rut?
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