How to Stay Inspired in Photography

Photography might start to bore you if you go to the same venues and do the same type of shooting every time you pick up the camera. To maintain the effectiveness, one has to stay inspired and stay in line with the latest technology. When you don’t have that inspiration, your work will definitely show your disinterest. Today, people who want your service can very well estimate your inspiration level. You must know the tactic of pleasing clients with your exponential photography skills. You have to prove to them that you offer unique services and excite them with captivating images.

To stay inspired with photography, here are the few suggested methods that will sculpt you to be a resilient photographer.

Time of day. Do not always stick to daytime shooting. Show some variation by shooting images somewhere in the dusk or early morning. This will give you enough knowledge about the light variations and the filters that you can conveniently use to capture a good image.

Participate in competitions. It’s not enough that you concentrate only on accumulating skills. Your skills have to be examined to stay in the market. The only way to identify where you stand in the photography world lies in participating in photography competitions.

Visit cities. Visit the nearest cities and capture the monuments, architecture, lifestyle, and nightlife of people living there.

Visit zoos. Taking pictures in a zoo is not an easy task, as you have to hide all the barricades that obstruct your views. This is the place where you can capture the close movements of animals that are comparatively difficult in an open forest. Try to show that you have shot the animals from a close distance.

Surf the Internet. To stay connected with the current market need you have to go through a few stock sites that offer competitive images. You can collect some ideas as well as know the commercial needs.

Go to racing sports. This gives you the opportunity of capturing the speed. Capturing images of objects that are in motion requires specific talent. It is highly regarded as a photography skill as you bring out the clarity in motion. Your interest in the sports also brings out your real skill.

Get into the crowd. Taking images in the crowd is a special talent. This only develops when you start shooting images from your own street and extend further. Street photography offers you many good things to capture and is popular in the photography world.

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Photo by Dave; ISO 100, f/4.5, 10-second exposure.

Go under water. You’re getting into a different world. You need not be a diver for this purpose—it’s enough that you protect the camera with proper waterproof materials. More captivating images can be had near the surface of the water where you get ample light.

View packaging materials. An example for this is a CD packaging material, which always try to bear an eye catching image. The photography skill involved in this also highly contributes to the sales volume.

Watch movies. By watching movies with skillful cinematography you can enhance your technical skills. Here you are observing the movement with your own eyes and the visual interpretations are always well registered in the human mind. You have to look for the lighting and ideas that the cinematographers used to make the movie appreciable.

Try different lenses. Try shooting images with different lenses. The best landscape photographs are derived through using various lenses.

Use different cameras. If you generally work with a digital camera, try using analogue and vice versa.

Help society. Your photography skill will provide you more solace when you help society with it. You can teach others or contribute to society by offering free services.

Work with Photoshop. You can give new touches to your images using Photoshop. Photoshop offers wonderful tools that can bring out colors in your images. As a professional photographer, excellent skill in Photoshop is a must.

Model photography. This will give you a special place in the fashion world. Taking photographs of models requires high skill and is an ever-rewarding job, as fashion is ever changing.

Membership in a photography organization. Always aspire to become a member in a photography organization and participate in discussions. This will yield you more photography friends and support for your profession.

Blogging. This gives you an opportunity to write your experiences in the field of photography. This might help other struggling photographers to develop their skills and also provide you some fresh input.

Read blogs. Reading blogs created by other photographers will inspire you in many ways. This is where you get new ideas for developing your photography skills in various dimensions. You will also get some tips for selling your work.

Read books. This is something like a dictionary that you will refer to at the time of need. Owning excellent books on photography is one way of developing your skills. You can come across lots of techniques that great people have adopted.

Buy a new camera or accessories. This is one great way of staying inspired with photography. New equipment will generally carry new features, which everybody likes to try. You also tend to get new ideas when you start working with new equipment.

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Photo by Jonathan Emmanuel Flores Tarello; ISO 100, f/1.8, 1/2500-second exposure.

Generally, all images come with a spark of inspiration. Inspiration differs in each photographer. It is often difficult to stay with the same inspiration throughout your career. By adopting the above-suggested tips, a photographer can positively stay inspired throughout his/her career.

About the Author:
Rhommel Bernardino is the creator and webmaster of PhotographyArticles Network. He is a freelance photographer based in Toronto, Canada and has been shooting weddings, events, portraits, fashion, and glamour for the last five years. He is also organizes photographic events like photo shootouts and occasionally hosts photography workshops in and around Toronto.

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4 responses to “How to Stay Inspired in Photography”

  1. Tom says:

    I like most of the points here, but I disagree that buying new gear and keeping up with technology is any way to stay inspired. Ultimately, you can play around with new features but a camera is still a camera. I really haven’t found times when a purchase was the key to breaking that.

    I think another great point is that at times, everyone reaches a point where they need to take a break. Don’t be afraid to step away for a few days or weeks, whatever feels right. Recharge yourself by diving into other things or into absolutely nothing.

  2. R. Scott Duncan says:

    Very nice ideas. All good thought to keep us thinking and creating. Thanks!

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