Methods to hold your images recent and distinctive

How can I hold my images recent and distinctive? These days, I’ve seen and heard this query very often in my social media streams and simply in informal conversations with different photographers. 

To begin with, you aren’t alone in your emotions right here. All of us undergo this. The battle to maintain motivated and enthusiastic about our images is actual. Possibly you’re nonetheless hanging round your personal house or native space, or the climate has simply been regularly crap. There are a lot of causes we simply lose our muse, and lose our want to create. Typically it’s simply simpler to pack up the digital camera for a bit and wait out these emotions.

“If you wish to take extra attention-grabbing photographs, stand in entrance of extra attention-grabbing stuff”

Jim Richardson

Whereas there may be some reality to this quote, there are different solutions past standing in entrance of extra attention-grabbing stuff.

However, there are methods to encourage and push ourselves to attempt more durable. Listed below are a couple of concepts to check out to encourage and push ourselves to attempt slightly more durable.

My pictures are all trying the identical

When you’re feeling such as you simply regularly create the identical pictures time and again, shake it up. Do you at all times head to the identical, favourite spot? I do know I are likely to go to a couple of the identical locations time and again and it’s not at all times good. 

So, subsequent time flip proper as an alternative of left down the highway you usually take. Head out your entrance door into the yard as an alternative of the again when you {photograph} round your personal house. Analysis new parks in your space. Make a listing of the forest preserves and begin exploring every of them. Change your surroundings. 

I’m uninterested in at all times photographing folks, flowers, sunsets, <insert what you at all times {photograph} right here>

Get out of your consolation zone. It is a huge one. When you’re uninterested in at all times photographing the identical issues, then get on the market and discover a new topic. I {photograph} a ton of structure. Sometimes I cease and marvel why and what is going to I do with all of those pictures of buildings. Then I seize my digital camera and head out to an area park, my yard or get requested to {photograph} a pals’ 2-year outdated and provides portraits a shot (that may be a once-a-year factor for me).

When you’re a landscape-heavy photographer, attempt your hand at road images. Do one thing utterly reverse to what you often do. It is going to shake up your mind and trigger you to speak in confidence to seeing new methods to {photograph}. Attempt some actually inventive strategies like Intentional Digital camera Motion. Simply let your self go, no guidelines and create blurry pictures.

Restrict your self to power creativity

When pushed to give you a special answer to one thing, we get extra artistic. So, stand in a single place and don’t transfer your toes to see what number of pictures you discover from that one spot. 

Take one topic and {photograph} it in 10 other ways. It may be something, a pencil, flower, constructing, egg, particular person, and so forth. The probabilities are infinite right here. By making an attempt to create 10 completely different pictures of 1 factor, you’re pushed to assume extra creatively.

You’ve seemingly heard this one one million occasions however, use just one lens. It really works and I do that commonly. When you’re used to grabbing your wide-angle lens to {photograph} your landscapes, sunrises and sunsets, subsequent time take your 50mm solely or seize a macro lens. Concentrate on how your thought course of modifications as you attempt to create compositions with out that broad angle.

Get out with different photographers for a recent and distinctive perspective

Whereas photographers are likely to do what they do on their very own, it’s useful to get out with different photographers. There are a number of causes for this. Simply speaking about creating will provide help to get again on monitor. You’ll begin feeling extra enthusiastic about it.

Fortunately, we’re not all in the identical lack of freshness and uniqueness boat on the similar time. Meaning if these you’re out with are excited and may’t cease seeing pictures, you received’t have the ability to assist however catch their attitudes about creating. 

fresh and unique

Additionally, spending time watching and listening to what others are photographing can get you to see alternatives that you just wouldn’t have in any other case. Spend time with me, you’ll begin seeing compositions, reflections and issues in locations you wouldn’t have ever checked out earlier than. Go hang around with a bunch of road photographers if that’s not your factor. They’ll be pointing their lenses on the scenes on the road and also you’ll begin seeing the streets as a brand new alternative to seize one thing completely different for you.

Be taught new issues

Studying is at all times a great way to inject some creativity and inspiration into our images. One thing so simple as studying a brand new post-processing approach may get you enthusiastic about creating pictures to apply it to. Possibly it’ll begin an entire new route on your work. 

There are such a lot of strategies and genres of images. Choose one and apply it for a month. By no means used a movie digital camera? Attempt that. Learn to develop your personal movie. Nothing like seeing that picture seem earlier than your eyes to get you motivated to create extra.

Find out about several types of photographic paper. Print your work and see the variations on every kind of paper. You may be amazed at how one paper may make your pictures look utterly completely different from they do in your pc display.

Different concepts to maintain your images recent and distinctive

How about you? What do you do once you’re images is feeling stale otherwise you really feel like your pictures seem like everybody else’s? Share your own methods, tips and stories for keeping your photography fresh and unique in the comments below. We’re all right here to be taught from one another.