How I rediscovered my love for photography.
Last year I got really fed up with photography due to several reasons. I just didn’t feel like going out there and start shooting. It’s like I had lost all interest in photography. Here are some of my best tips to help you get past this stage in your photographic career.
Go back to the essence of photography.
A camera with a fixed focal length lens and your eyes. Those are the only things you need to capture memorable moments. Stop wondering what you could do with this (way too expensive) new lens or with that new body with amazing high-iso capabilities. Just shoot with what you’ve got!
A good exercise would be to take your camera lock the ISO and mount a prime lens. You’ll see that you’ll start being more creative because you’ll need to find creative solutions you’ve never had to think about because you didn’t have the restrictions.
Document your life.
Did you ever sit at home all day thinking about what you want to shoot and you just can’t come up with the perfect idea? Here’s my solution…
It might not sound as the most exciting thing to do but it’ll make you think about what place photography has taken in your life. Bring your camera everywhere you go and you’ll never again have the problem of looking at an amazing sight and wishing you had your camera with you.
A walk with the dog is a perfect opportunity to take it slow and inspect your surroundings beter than you usually do. Even if you’ve been a thousand times to that place, you’ll find that if you take the time to look around you‘ll still find interesting compositions you’ve never thought about because the place is just so ordinary to you.
Furthermore you’ll have an amazing collection of memories you can pass on to your children and grandchildren.
(Don’t) look for inspiration.
This is something I struggle with a lot. While sitting at home and looking at thousands of gorgeous pictures I just can’t help but feel jealous. I wasn’t able to find the courage to go shoot because of the amazing things others have already captured, I felt like my pictures would just end up in the heap of photos which we just scroll by on a daily basis.
On the other hand, looking at others peoples work can motivate you to go shoot and try to make their concept better. It can also motivate you to recreate master photographers’ work. No, you won’t make your pictures this way but it’s still a good way to start shooting and to learn more about how the masters work.