what to do when you feel uninspired?

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Beach Bum, Dec 14, 2005.

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    Beach Bum Guest

    Lately I haven't felt much like photography.. well, that's not exactly
    right. I've felt like it, but haven't been able to make anything work. I
    feel like I'm experiencing "writer's block" with my camera.

    Anyone ever experience something similar? What did you do to get out of the
    Beach Bum, Dec 14, 2005
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    Colin D Guest

    Happens to most of us from time to time, I guess. I usually do
    something technical, like using a lens at it's closest setting and shoot
    flowers, or weeds in crevices in concrete pathways, peeling paint on old
    fences and buildings, etc., or as I did recently, I tried a demo copy of
    DxO 3.5 and re-ran my raw images through that to see what a lens- and
    gradation-corrected image looked like. Bought the program.

    Colin D.
    Colin D, Dec 14, 2005
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    chrlz Guest

    This happens to me a lot, and I just go back to basics in terms of
    *when* I shoot. I've always regarded the quality of the light as the
    most important thing that will make a fine photograph. So I'll go to
    an interesting area (I'm always looking for them, and filing them away
    in the back of my head as I drive around..) eg a botanical gardens, a
    rocky shore, a marina, a bridge, a city/country lookout, an old wreck
    on a beach, even just a nice tree with a good background....etc.., BUT
    the key is to go there *when there is interesting light* - just around
    dawn (clearing fogs are cool if you are lucky..) or late
    afternoon/dusk. And then you might like to challenge yourself to get
    really close to things, and try to capture anything *except* a
    'snapshot'. Try not to leave until you are satisfied there are no good
    images left in that area..!

    Or try something you haven't done before, or a style that generally you
    avoid - eg those hackneyed long-exposure waterfalls or seascapes, or
    maybe macros or night time city scapes. When all else fails, go to a
    good photography site like photo.net and browse their galleries.
    Imitation is the finest form of flattery...!
    chrlz, Dec 14, 2005
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    Jasen Guest

    Yeah, it is happening to me right now! I am uninspired.....probably due to
    this months run of bad luck but hey, you got look at the bright side....I
    still have my trusty camera and I love taking photos. So, I have to get out
    and go for a walk with it and "get in the mood" again. Go someplace that
    continually inspires. Look at past photos or visit websites that show
    inspiring pics. Try simply sticking on a lens looking through the
    viewfinder at something even mildly interesting just to get my imagination
    ticking over. Then and only then will I begin getting ideas and start the
    cogs moving again.

    Jasen, Dec 14, 2005
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    dadiOH Guest

    Get a blonde and a bottle.


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    Paul Furman Guest

    Just force yourself to go out & shoot something, like schedule to take a
    walk at sunrise or sunset every other day or something like that. The
    act of shooting should get the juices flowing again.
    Paul Furman, Dec 14, 2005
  7. I put a roll of Tri-X in my 50 year old rangefinder and head downtown early
    in the morning or late in the afternoon.
    Dominic Richens, Dec 14, 2005
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    Celcius Guest


    Try something new. Experiment. Go out and shoot with a lens you don't
    use as often. Someone in rec.photo.digital gave me an idea. I tried it
    out. I put my camera on a tripod and shot 4 photos of myself sitting at
    different places. I then "worked it all out" in Photoshop CS2:
    By the time I got it almost right, part of the day was gone and so were
    my worries about "not feeling much like photography" ;-)

    Take care,

    Celcius, Dec 14, 2005
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    UC Guest

    Do something else. DON'T force it.
    UC, Dec 14, 2005
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    Beach Bum Guest

    Hah! That's a pretty creepy photo. I've thought of doing one of these
    myself. :)

    Thanks to everyone for the inspiring words.
    Beach Bum, Dec 14, 2005
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    Dirty Harry Guest

    Get a new peice of gear! That always works for me...
    Dirty Harry, Dec 14, 2005
  12. Yeah if you've got the money to blow!
    bren[at]gillatt.org, Dec 14, 2005
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    Beach Bum Guest

    Just got a 20D a couple months ago. I think I want a new lens, but can't
    afford an ultra wide yet.
    Beach Bum, Dec 14, 2005
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    Dirty Harry Guest

    Ahh yea, if all you have is the kit lens I'd pick up a 50mm f1.8. The ultra
    narrow DOF you get is always fun to play with for portraits and what
    not...its only 120 bucks here in canada. Or how about this, get a closeup
    filter and play with macro? Have you picked up any good mags lately? Some
    are just full o fjunk and some have nice tips that will inspire you,
    "Outdoor photographer" comes to mind.
    Dirty Harry, Dec 14, 2005
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    Celcius Guest

    What do you mean, "creepy"?
    Are you laughing at an old man? ;>0
    Celcius, Dec 15, 2005
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    Celcius Guest

    Is that the book by Rob Sheppard?
    Celcius, Dec 15, 2005
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    Beach Bum Guest

    Ahh yea, if all you have is the kit lens I'd pick up a 50mm f1.8. The
    I have a couple lenses, but none is wider than the kit. :(

    Yeah, I'm checking out Stern Magazine's photo site right now..
    Beach Bum, Dec 15, 2005
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