It's easy to have stuck in a rut. Always taking the exact same subjects, utilising the same lighting. Sticking with a composition style because you are more comfortable with it. This could make you creatively stagnant. But how will you avoid that? Particularly if you have enjoyed this method for some time.
I don't often take landscape photos. Now that people are surviving in a rural environment, landscape photography is my new challenge.
Find motivation in other photographers'workStat motivated by taking a look at the pictures by photographers whose work you admire. I'm not speaking about drawing a psychological charge from the photo of one's girlfriend's lunch she's posted on Instagram. Find some successful photographers who've good collections of images that you love.
If you want to photograph the food, push yourself to get more than snapshots.
Bookmark their website. Purchase a real physical book of the work. Follow the photographer on Instagram. Research to find documentaries about the way they work and think. Find out what motivates and inspires them.
If you are not sure the place to start, look at your own personal photos, especially ones you want to improve upon. What style will be the images? What're your subjects? Will be the images predominantly color or black and white? Seek out photographers who like everything you do and follow them. I will continue to photograph the landscape around where I live. To locate more ideas and inspiration I is going to be researching accomplished landscape photographers.
Check the sourceTo find the best, look at where their work is published. Or take a look at photographer's collectives, such as for example Magnum. Or research which photographers have won major photography competitions, like Pulitzer or the Sony Photography Awards.
Today you will find few magazines focusing on picture stories. National Geographic is obviously beneficial to inspiration in general. Look up a few of the historic magazines like Life, Picture Post, and Look. These magazines featured top photographers. The very best fashion magazines may be a good place to check to trigger your creativity.
The net can be an enormous source, but be careful. Everyone can publish their photos online (we all do) and call themselves an expert. Resources of photographs that are not self-published generally are more credible. I do believe you are more prone to find more capable, successful photographers could have a human anatomy of work you can admire. But do look at Instagram and photo sharing sites like 500px. Seek inspiration from the very best you'll find in the genres you adore the most.
Go to photography exhibitionsExhibitions of photographs can be immensely inspirational. Seeing actual photographic prints, framed and hung is such a pleasure. When you have galleries near to where you live, watch for dates they'll have photography exhibitions.
Once you travel, look for the galleries showing the job of photographers.
BooksI really like photography books. I was bought up visiting libraries. Once I became enthusiastic about photography I worked my way through all the relevant books within my local libraries. Unfortunately, there have been not too many. Those which interested me most were the ones showcasing the photos of individual photographers. Books showing their photos and giving only a little background in it, as opposed to the how-to books.
Now I have a assortment of books on photography. A lot of them are on individual photographers or are collections of photographs. Two of them are catalogs of Magnum exhibitions I have seen. I select one up from time to time and am always uplifted, encouraged, and inspired to do better.
I have now been more interested in street lifestyle photography and influenced by many magazine photo essays.
Pick your favesGet a choice of photographers whose work you admire and look at them often. Maybe they're more historic and no longer producing pictures. Keep looking back at your favorites and study why you want them so much.
More contemporary photographers will undoubtedly be updating pictures on the websites and Instagram feeds. My Instagram feed photos are from those who have taken a workshop around and photographers who inspire me.
The task of Irving Penn is interesting. You'll find his images on Instagram, although he passed away in 2009. I never get tired of considering the way in which he exposed and composed his images. I've never been into fashion photography, but Penn did a lot more than what he is most noted for and it's the type of his work that's inspired me.
Documentaries on photographers can also provide insight. Seeing how they work and hearing them talk about it can be extremely motivational.
Shortly after buying my first camera I watched a documentary about David Hockney. He was making among his photo-montages he called “joiners&rdquo ;.I loved the procedure and results. As a result of this one short video I was inspired and have now been creating my very own photo collages for over 30 years.
Many photographers are also teaching online. Find one who's photography and teaching style you like. They'll help keep you inspired and educate you at the same time.
Look at the work of other photographers who inspire you. Your style and your passion will undoubtedly be positively affected.
Remember, Picasso suggested, “Good artists copy. Great artists steal.” Copy what you like. Steal their ideas, and make sure they are your own.