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General Category => General Photography => Topic started by: krennon on June 09, 2010, 01:10:18 PM

Title: Lack of inspiration
Post by: krennon on June 09, 2010, 01:10:18 PM
Hi guys, I'm seriously suffering from a lack of inspiration at the moment, I know some of you have all suffered from this in the past and wondered how you re-ignited the passion.....I'm itching to get out there but everywhere I look around there doesn't seem to be anything to shoot  :doh:....I bring my camera to work everyday and take it out at lunchtime but just can't seem to find anything I want to photograph...any hints tips or gentleish kicks up the backside to get me going would be welcome.... :-\
Title: Re: Lack of inspiration
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on June 09, 2010, 01:26:22 PM
leave the camera at home for a week and go for a drive somewhere, anywhere really and get out and have a little walk.
You will regret not having the camera with you and it may just reignite the will to take shots again.
RR
Alf
Title: Re: Lack of inspiration
Post by: Oldboy on June 09, 2010, 02:41:48 PM
Well on some occasions I go out and only take a few shots, because the lights not good or nothing happens with the wildlife. Other times I might take between 150-600 shots, but it depends if things are happening. I might be a bit disappointed if I only take a few shots, but can't wait to get out next day, as I know the shots I'm looking for will occur within time. At this time of year you have lots of insects including butterflies, plus loads of wildflowers with or without insects on them. Then there are Birds and mammals around like Kingfishers or Foxes but you may need to wait to catch these subjects. but it's worth it in the end as you get a real buzz out of it.  ;D
Title: Re: Lack of inspiration
Post by: Just Dave on June 09, 2010, 02:42:50 PM
leave the camera at home for a week and go for a drive somewhere, anywhere really and get out and have a little walk.
You will regret not having the camera with you and it may just reignite the will to take shots again.
RR
Alf

Thats good advice bet that works, sometimes we are just looking so hard you cant find it, its like when youve put something somewhere and cant remember where, forget about it and it comes to you where it is, :)
Title: Re: Lack of inspiration
Post by: picsfor on June 09, 2010, 02:51:02 PM
Know the feeling!

A change of scenery seems to be the best thing for me. I think that where you live can become a bit "same old, same old" some times and going some where different - even if just down the road, makes all the difference.
Title: Re: Lack of inspiration
Post by: ABERS on June 09, 2010, 03:06:36 PM
I can understand what you are feeling Keith, it will pass. If you force yourself to look for pictures it will make things worse, just let the pictures come to you, and they will eventually. After all you've no deadlines to meet, apart from the next Kingston CC monthly competition! ;)
Title: Re: Lack of inspiration
Post by: krennon on June 09, 2010, 04:09:54 PM
Thanks guys for all the advice I might try getting out into the garden tonight as my 99p rosebush from Wilcos that I planted about 5yrs ago is massive and full of white blooms at the moment, maybe some shots close to home will re-ignite the braincells....otherwise I like the idea of just leaving the camera at home for a week and see what happens....thanks again guys... :tup:
Title: Re: Lack of inspiration
Post by: skellum on June 09, 2010, 05:09:59 PM
I sometimes go onto flickr and just type in a location to see what others have been shooting and to see if there is a point of interest in that area
to photograph... :legit:
Title: Re: Lack of inspiration
Post by: Simple on June 09, 2010, 05:47:24 PM
I found this an interesting article. Whenever I struggle I read this.
http://www.naturephotographers.net/articles0409/ab0409-1.html
Title: Re: Lack of inspiration
Post by: irv_b on June 09, 2010, 06:04:54 PM
leave the camera at home for a week and go for a drive somewhere, anywhere really and get out and have a little walk.
You will regret not having the camera with you and it may just reignite the will to take shots again.
RR
Alf
I was given this advice earlier in the year and it worked for me (not saying my pics are any better for it :2funny:) it's just you can relax without subconsciously looking at everything as a photo opportunity
Title: Re: Lack of inspiration
Post by: jinky on June 09, 2010, 06:23:58 PM
All good advice but remember unless it`s a paid job or something that someone else is counting on it does not matter if you have a flat spell. Just recharge your batteries (your own but any others whilst you are on  ;) ) and do something else for a while. I`ve not been shooting much as I have had a bad back but am now dying to get out if the weather picks up. felt funny not shooting for a week or so bar a handful of indoor shots but it matters not.
Title: Re: Lack of inspiration
Post by: Jonathan on June 09, 2010, 07:29:38 PM
You could try setting yourself challenges.

Spend an hour writing things down on separate pieces of paper.  Really anything that comes into your head - or you could go to Flickr Explore and pick the first 100 things you see.  Put the papers in a box.  Every day take one out - you have that day to shoot that challenge.

Like a photo competition.  But without the prizes.
Title: Re: Lack of inspiration
Post by: spinner on June 10, 2010, 12:56:03 AM
Not to discourage your photography, but maybe try something completely different. I'm sort of in the same boat though my issue goes a bit deeper, but that's another story. Anyway I'm going to try my hand at some woodworking for a bit to at least shift me from sitting in the house to out in the garage. Or go to the local camera shop and drool over the kit, I'm going to do that as well.
Title: Re: Lack of inspiration
Post by: deetus on June 11, 2010, 10:41:41 AM
I'm with Jonathan on this, set yourself a challenge or a project. Find yourself a subject and concentrate on that subject for about a month, travel to different areas and find different takes on that subject. Remember you've only yourself to please, but who knows, you may end up with the makings of a book or something.  :)
Title: Re: Lack of inspiration
Post by: picsfor on June 11, 2010, 02:33:35 PM
Keith,

if you can make it, why not join us on Sunday for the Garden Meet.
As you well know these are as much about socialising as taking pictures, and something may click or you may just have a sociable day.
Title: Re: Lack of inspiration
Post by: Hybridphotog on June 11, 2010, 09:39:17 PM
"Photographers block"? It happens to us all..:
http://inbothworlds.wordpress.com/2009/10/21/cmon-ylazy-bugger/ (http://inbothworlds.wordpress.com/2009/10/21/cmon-ylazy-bugger/)
http://inbothworlds.wordpress.com/2009/01/28/with-renewed-vigor/ (http://inbothworlds.wordpress.com/2009/01/28/with-renewed-vigor/)
http://inbothworlds.wordpress.com/2008/12/08/disillusioned/ (http://inbothworlds.wordpress.com/2008/12/08/disillusioned/)