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JIphoto

Posts: 13

Tampa, Florida, US

What do you do to inspire yourself when you feel like this?




Subject line should say Discouraged**

Aug 19 13 08:52 am Link

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Mark Laubenheimer

Posts: 8958

Seattle, Washington, US

"When people ask me that, what do you want me to do, be depressed? I mean a little fishy told me, 'Just keep swimming, just keep swimming!'"

Aug 19 13 08:55 am Link

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JIphoto

Posts: 13

Tampa, Florida, US

L A U B E N H E I M E R wrote:
"When people ask me that, what do you want me to do, be depressed? I mean a little fishy told me, 'Just keep swimming, just keep swimming!'"

Haha that video is adorable

Aug 19 13 08:58 am Link

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fullmetalphotographer

Posts: 2797

Fresno, California, US

JIphoto wrote:
What do you do to inspire yourself when you feel like this?




Subject line should say Discouraged**

I will usually have a "Death in the Afternoon" Cocktail. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_in_the_Afternoon_(cocktail)

Aug 19 13 09:29 am Link

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maso-arts

Posts: 1114

Cincinnati, Ohio, US

I recommend this book:  Art and Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland.  It's a great book for getting one's head back in the game, and it did me a world of good the first time I read it.

Are you being discouraged by a particular genre?  Or by photography in general?

Aug 19 13 09:44 am Link

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Square Jaw Photography

Posts: 378

Fresno, California, US

Depends on what type of motivation do you need? A kick in the pants, or a light that leads?

I'm a kick in the pants kind of guy when I need to jumpstart my motivation; sometime like a coach telling me I'm acting weak and get it in gear.

Sometimes a funny way of delivering motivation helps. Here's some cracked.com articles.

http://www.cracked.com/blog/7-reasons-n … really-is/
http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-harsh-tru … er-person/

Aug 19 13 09:59 am Link

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DougBPhoto

Posts: 39088

Portland, Oregon, US

I eat ice cream and remind myself it is something nearly every other artist goes through at some point in time.

When the going gets tough the tough get going.

On that note, I'm going... back to bed

Aug 19 13 10:02 am Link

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FBY1K

Posts: 929

Kaiserslautern, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

L A U B E N H E I M E R wrote:
"When people ask me that, what do you want me to do, be depressed? I mean a little fishy told me, 'Just keep swimming, just keep swimming!'"

This,

I'm in a valley like the OP; I'll keep taking the road less traveled...

FBY1K

Aug 19 13 10:38 am Link

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New Art Photo

Posts: 701

Los Angeles, California, US

Sometimes feeling discouraged is the Universe's way of telling you you're heading in the wrong direction.
The sad truth is outside of Wedding photography,  and a tiny number of super rich fashion  and advertising photographers-- there is virtually no money to be made in photography.

Aug 19 13 10:58 am Link

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Connor Photography

Posts: 7111

Newark, Delaware, US

L A U B E N H E I M E R wrote:
"When people ask me that, what do you want me to do, be depressed? I mean a little fishy told me, 'Just keep swimming, just keep swimming!'"

Yes, I did that.  Keep on swimming, just to be alive.  Sometime, it is not a life should be.  Hope it is just a cycle, the better day will here soon.

Aug 19 13 11:03 am Link

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Toto Photo

Posts: 3146

Belmont, California, US

OP: I usually go out with a good friend and talk things over.

Reading your profile though, you may just be ready to step into your next career.

Aug 19 13 11:04 am Link

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Mauro Luna

Posts: 82

Houston, Texas, US

I'd say dont shoot if you are not feeling it. The quality of your work and your vision will suffer.

Step away from the camera for a short time. Come back fresh.

Aug 19 13 11:09 am Link

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Select Models

Posts: 36284

Rancho Cucamonga, California, US

JIphoto wrote:
What do you do to inspire yourself when you feel like this?

Maybe a vacation to exotic lands on a cruiseship with beautiful models and talented photographers is the answer.  Here's a link to the Oct 13th 'Cruiseboat Photoshoot'. 

http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?thread_id=855143

The cave beaches of Las Maritas will be one of the shooting spots... nothing quite like this place on planet Earth... borat

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5OMR9ka8XP4/Uco5qWsDS9I/AAAAAAAACdc/7-Y59Sziku4/s1600/Islas-Marietas-Playa-Escondida-Puerto-Vallarta-005.JPG

https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/c166.0.403.403/p403x403/551717_425583030812256_1309842642_n.jpg

http://blog.mexicodestinos.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/playa-islas-marietas.jpg

Aug 19 13 11:30 am Link

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JCB522

Posts: 50

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Since it's just a hobby for me and I don't need it to earn any money I simply packed my camera gear away. I think the last time I worked with a model was in January and I simply lost motivation after that. I packed away my gear and lighting equipment and didn't even look at it till last month, I even lent my main and backup camera out. Even though I didn't touch my camera for 7 months, not having the any cameras at all for a month made me start to crave it again. Now I'm slowly getting back into it and enjoying it a lot more

Aug 19 13 12:19 pm Link

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Ad Nazar

Posts: 17

Tampa, Florida, US

JCB522 wrote:
Since it's just a hobby for me and I don't need it to earn any money I simply packed my camera gear away. I think the last time I worked with a model was in January and I simply lost motivation after that. I packed away my gear and lighting equipment and didn't even look at it till last month, I even lent my main and backup camera out. Even though I didn't touch my camera for 7 months, not having the any cameras at all for a month made me start to crave it again. Now I'm slowly getting back into it and enjoying it a lot more

^ This.

Except that I packed my gear away for more than 3 years. smile Now I am back and am loving it. Did a shoot last week, and it was fun.

Aug 19 13 01:19 pm Link

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PhillipM

Posts: 6853

Martin, Tennessee, US

JIphoto wrote:
What do you do to inspire yourself when you feel like this?

Fire up a blunt.  What else? wink

Aug 19 13 01:21 pm Link

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Ralph Easy

Posts: 6426

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

JIphoto wrote:
What do you do to inspire yourself when you feel like this?




Subject line should say Discouraged**

Just watch the movie: The Big Lebowski

You will feel much better.

https://i.chzbgr.com/maxW500/5184537856/h2894F0D8/

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Aug 19 13 05:39 pm Link

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gopherlove

Posts: 83

Chicago, Illinois, US

drink a 6 pack of Schlitz

Aug 19 13 05:57 pm Link

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Chuckarelei

Posts: 9828

Seattle, Washington, US

Eat some chocolate.

Aug 19 13 06:02 pm Link

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Warren Leimbach

Posts: 2821

Tampa, Florida, US

Sorry you are feeling down.

You are young and so it probably looks like a vast ocean of blackness; but know that this, too, will pass.

It will hit you again. Probably when you need it least.  This is a wrenching, get kicked in the teeth, "Why the hell am I doing this", pick your emotions out of the gutter with a pooper scooper career choice.

And it will pass again.  You will grow calluses.  Growing thicker skin helps.

And you will have some victories too.  Look back and feel better about the things you have done (rather than worse about all the things you haven't done yet.)

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I can't critique your work here in this forum, but I checked out your portfolio.  Please know that you have at least one fan.

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Stay in touch with at least one good friend who understands you.  Get out of the house for a few hours or at least chat on the phone.  If you don't have any real friends, you can even type on MM.  Then after you are well socialized, resolve to put some glue on your chair and sit down and suffer; focus on your work for 15 minutes.  After 15 minutes you can go do something else but for now, give it 15 honest minutes.  I find that 15 minutes of progress leads to getting excited and interested in working again.


Good luck.

WL


P.S. this is not medical advice for someone with clinical depression.  If you think this is more than the occasional down day, you should definitely go see a doctor.

Aug 19 13 08:21 pm Link

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Ernest Sambrano

Posts: 121

Phoenix, Arizona, US

If you have a special place you like to go that gets you back to your roots / back to the basics, you may want to give it a try. for me, getting away from the mainstream world is what helps to hit that internal "reset button". My escape is the mountains / backcountry, for you it may be somewhere else. Wherever / whatever it is, go there and "air yourself out". Who knows, you may come across a creative path you haven't traveled. After all, the mind is full of uncharted territory that is best explored away from the usual distractions.

Aug 19 13 09:10 pm Link

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Marin Photography NYC

Posts: 7319

New York, New York, US

I do something else I suck at like golf and have another beer.  big_smile

Aug 19 13 09:21 pm Link

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The F-Stop

Posts: 2226

New York, New York, US

Take a vacation, screw it all.. go get shit faced, have some fun, recharge your batteries.

Aug 19 13 09:34 pm Link

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R.EYE.R

Posts: 2926

Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Buy expensive Zeiss lenses.

Aug 20 13 02:56 am Link