Regardless of the style of photography you practice or work in; you will always need creativity.Even if you know the shots, or have a complete idea of what kind of click you want, you’ll still have to call on your creative vision to rethink, compose, light and capture the image in your mind before actually doing it.
Every photographer will have, at some point, encountered a time when they have little motivation. All creativity is drained, and you will be left with nothing driving you to capture anything new, unique and compelling images – but how do you get it back?
When you speak about creative photography, the field is vast. Some may find an abstract out-of-focus photo as being innovative, while others may consider it to be technically ill-fitted. So, before we begin discussing inspiration in photography and beyond, we should take some time to talk about what exactly is creative photography?
The three primary variables in capturing an image or making one are shutter speed, aperture and ISO. However, when you speak to an expert, they will suggest another set of three critical variables, which are:
- The photographic tools at one’s disposal
- The subject matter
- His/ her creativity
Revelation, inspiration and impulse are the driving force behind every exceptional piece of art, and photography is no different. It’s the hit-of-the-moment spark which spurs creativity and the accomplishment of a vision. Like every other art form, when it comes to photography, there’s no one-size-fits-all explication for finding the right thought or impulse. Different things move every individual, and what inspires one person can have little effect on another. So, trying new things is the best way to explore your inspiration, which in turn will help you to create some fantastic images.
However, sometimes for any apparent reason, this inspiration seems to slip away. Your muse might abandon you and let you feel lost. You will don’t know what to do with the camera or what else to click! Whether you are a pro cameraperson or amateur, sooner or later you’ll face these unpredictable and fickle issues about finding the right inspiration!
However, that’s no reason to throw your camera or start doubting yourself.
So, here are some ways to help you find inspiration when you think you reached the end of your creativity!
Make a List
Try to create a list of all the tasks, jobs, and errands you wish to complete in the more imminent future for achieving the next stage in photography.
The tasks on your to-do list don’t need to be significant discoveries or breathtaking breakthroughs; they can be as small like ‘post a photo on Twitter’ or ‘edit the images from SD Cards’. However, try to make a list as long as possible.
Analyse the completed list and look through everything you have to do and start with the most straightforward job on there. Complete it and repeat it for the rest of the items listed.
The earlier you start to realise how quickly you can progress through your list of tasks, it will help you to become more motivated and will most definitely bring in the sense of accomplishment. It is a great way to rediscover your urge and become inspired to work harder on your skills.
Take a Long Walk
Going for a walk is an excellent way to find motivation and inspiration for any artwork in general. Surprisingly, this is particularly true for photographers. What you have to do is drop the camera behind and get out for a free, long walk, unarmed. You will almost certainly encounter several excellent photo opportunities. Why going without your camera is necessary as it allows you to take in the scenery around and pushes you to pay exceptional attention to details that you may have otherwise skipped. It helps you to see things in a new space and unlocks your creativity – allowing you to think about your moves had you had your camera at the moment.
Create Your Project
Taking some time away from the commercial or business plans and achieving something for self is an age-old method of restoring your affair in the art you practice.It is easy to become burdened down with the obligations and conditions of others, client briefs, and all that are expected. Working for yourself on something which only you will genuinely enjoy will forever help to recreate your vision and recuperate new creativity into not only your self projects but also help you achieve better in your professional space.
If you’re unaware or not confident how to start, get a 365-day project. For instance, think of a simple theme such as ‘colour’ or ‘nature’ and then set yourself with the task of shooting a single image each day of the year that you can add into the project. It’s an excellent way to not only master a creative block in the short term but also assure that you don’t fall back into a rut.
Joining a photography challenge may be something like ‘photo of the day’ or a themed-challenge is a great way to find inspiration.
Photo challenges or contests are an excellent way to stretch the known skills while steadily cultivating your inspiration.
Understanding the work of other artists
This is a great exercise even for everyone and not just for those who are looking for their motivation.Apart from the social media accounts, when was the last time that you observed the portfolio and works of another photographer? Taking the time to scan unique and exciting artwork by different shutterbugs is a great way to form new ideas and improve your vision as a photographer.
Looking at the work of others, you will learn diverse styles and procedures that you may not have confronted before – and hopefully, this will prompt you to push yourself to snap even more incredible imagery.
You can practice this approach a step further and watch out for photographers that are in competition with you or are otherwise critically acclaimed. Try and study their work; how they are capturing images which you might not have thought of before! It is a smart way to view subjects which you are familiar with from a uniquely different perspective.
We would be glad if the above points can help you reach a step closer to your dream. You should draw inspiration from existing works of the established photographers and also keep a tap of how the newbies are doing, but don’t pursue the same shots or try to duplicate them. Instead, it would be best if you learned from those images and the techniques which are being used and implement the perspectives that you like into your unique vision.