Photography is creativity at work, without a trace of a doubt. It is an extension and expression of your creative core and there is nothing more excruciating as when the creative juices just halt in their tracks. A photographer’s block is no different than a designer’s block, a painter’s block, or indeed writer’s block. It can stick around and rear its ugly head much more often than you care for. So what do you do when you need, want, and should be able to head out and start shooting but you can’t bring yourself to do so? There’s no yellow, green, or purple magic pill to froth away the fuzziness and allow for a breathtaking barrage of ideas to flow! Staring at your camera for answers isn’t a solution either! Here’s how you can look for inspiration when it seems to elude you:
1) Pick Up a New Lens or Filter
As a photographer, treating yourself to new gear and adding to your repertoire might just give you the thrills you need. As such, there is nothing like a new lens to vamp up excitement for an upcoming shoot. If you bought a new DSLR with its kits lens, say 18-135mm, perhaps you could look for a 50 mm 1.4 to use in portraits. The 1.4 allows you to garner an excellent shallow depth of field. Augment a polarizer filter to it for water or sky and landscape shots, and you would be tempted once again to head out the door and give it a go. In addition, adding new filters and programs to your computer might be the push you need!
2) Shoot Technical Photography That Is a Challenge for You
Shooting technically complex pictures helps enhance your skill set, not to mention how interesting it is. You could garner skills and techniques which could be used in future. Granted, when you try to shoot in a new way for the first time, it might not turn out the way you want and be terribly frustrating, but having these exasperating moments helps a lot down the road. The skill sets you can acquire include star trail exposures, conceptual manipulations, extended exposure cloning, and light painting. Expanding your skill set and keeping yourself busy can help you incorporate these ideas in to any challenging projects and lend you new ways of capturing your inspiration.
3) Grab Your Camera and Just Start Shooting
Here’s an old adage that you might appreciate, “You’ll never regret the pictures that you take, but you’ll always regret the ones that you didn’t”. Nothing could be closer to the truth! While you might think that every single one of them is absolutely worthless, or if you are not immediately pleased with the result, all that matters is that these are your creations. Even if you don’t feel up to taking pictures, or if nothing seems worthy of being captured, shoot anyway. Take pictures of everyday, mundane objects that you might not deem photo-worthy. Do it anyway; you might hit upon a goldmine.
4) Revisit Some Thing Old With A Fresh Perspective
Do you have thousands of pictures, stowed away in some recess that could use a bit of photo-shopping? It’s perfectly normal if you have a huge (enormous) stack of digital stack of editing that you have been planning to get to since the last few months or years. Or perhaps, you have been hiding away a detailed photo that needs some advanced editing skill. Now is the time to start!
5) Take A Photowalk
Photowalks are all the rage these days. PhotoWalks are a pre-set rendezvous for photographers to meet and join skills together in a photo shoot. Even if you are going on a vacation, why not search ahead to see if there’s going to be one arranged in your vacation destination? Photowalks are a great opportunity to collaborate with other photographers in your vicinity, to get to know your destination, or perhaps see your local area through the eyes of a stranger. Plus, these meetings are perfectly not awkward at all; you all have one thing in common- photography!