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Fotos by Franco
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Frederick, Maryland, US


What do you do when you find yourself with photographer's block (perhaps there is a better name for it)?

I am finding it difficult to get motivated and am looking for help
Dec 09 12 03:33 pm  Link  Quote 
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scrymettet
Posts: 31,871
Quebec, Quebec, Canada


shoot anything
Dec 09 12 03:47 pm  Link  Quote 
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SPierce Photography
Posts: 19,650
Amherst, Massachusetts, US


I'm in the same position right now; I just drive around with my camera for hours, hoping I find something inspiring. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't...
Dec 09 12 03:48 pm  Link  Quote 
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Justin
Posts: 21,730
Fort Collins, Colorado, US


scrymettet wrote:
shoot anything

Yeah, it's really a creativity block. Happens to writers, musicians, any creative genre. And any number of things can cause it.

If you're going to stick with it, it's a matter of working yourself out of it.

Dec 09 12 03:49 pm  Link  Quote 
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intense_puppy
Posts: 864
Brighton, England, United Kingdom


Take a break for a while.

As other have said, shoot things that aren't models (or aren't what you usually do).

Do some simple, experimental stuff.

Set yourself challenges - Ie. copy a particular style. Or look at a photo and try and recreate it in your style.
Photography is supposed to be fun - so play games.

I'm in the same boat at the moment, so I am doing experimental stuff. No expectations of quality or anything. Just shooting - for fun.  It frees you up.
Dec 09 12 03:54 pm  Link  Quote 
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Justin
Posts: 21,730
Fort Collins, Colorado, US


Shoot mundane things. Shoes in a corner. The face of your dog. A flower (MP Hunt really emphasized practicing the craft on flowers when I was getting started). Your neighborhood. Lines of fences, or walls, or utility poles. Even without our eyesight at a given time, the possibilities abound.
Dec 09 12 04:00 pm  Link  Quote 
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Gianantonio
Posts: 7,734
Minneapolis, Minnesota, US


Fotos by Franco wrote:
What do you do when you find yourself with photographer's block (perhaps there is a better name for it)?

I am finding it difficult to get motivated and am looking for help

These might help:  http://vqphoto.com/vq-cards/

I'm thinking of buying a set.

Dec 09 12 04:12 pm  Link  Quote 
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B R U N E S C I
Posts: 25,319
Bath, England, United Kingdom


Find a model who inspires you and then shoot until your trigger finger is swollen and blistered!

Carla does it for me! borat

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121209/17/50c537a82e0c3.jpg




Just my $0.02

Ciao
Stefano
www.stefanobrunesci.com
Dec 09 12 05:23 pm  Link  Quote 
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Frank Lewis Photography
Posts: 12,412
Winter Park, Florida, US


Fotos by Franco wrote:
What do you do when you find yourself with photographer's block (perhaps there is a better name for it)?

I am finding it difficult to get motivated and am looking for help

It has been a miserable year for me. I have absolutely no motivation to shoot. I have only picked up my camera to shoot some stuff for my wife. She has been selling stuff on eBay to help pay bills.

I am coming up on seven years on the Mayhem (December 20). I am hoping after Christmas and New Year's I can get excited about shooting again. If not, well, I don't know...

Dec 10 12 05:28 am  Link  Quote 
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Drew Smith Photography
Posts: 5,209
Nottingham, England, United Kingdom


Or try this...

... pack up all your camera equipment and put in the back of a cupboard and forget about it.

Go about your life as normal.

If the urge to shoot something never returns, get your camera equipment back out and sell it on ebay.

If the urge does return.. you're golden. smile

NB. This is not a recommended strategy if you are a pro and earn your daily bread from photography.
Dec 10 12 05:35 am  Link  Quote 
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PhillipM
Posts: 6,371
Martin, Tennessee, US


F I L M
Dec 10 12 05:59 am  Link  Quote 
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P O T T S
Posts: 5,296
Lake City, Florida, US


What inspired you to pick up a camera? For me, it was racing. I loved shooting race cars. Every year, I go play at the 24 hours of Daytona and then try to hit a few other races at some point. IT takes me back to the begining.
Dec 10 12 06:06 am  Link  Quote 
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Looknsee Photography
Posts: 21,053
Portland, Oregon, US


...  Switch genres.  If you photograph models, photograph people on the street.  If you work in the studio, go do some landscapes.  Put on a super-wide angle lens & move as close as you can.  Lie on the floor & point your camera up.  Climb a ladder & point your camera down.

...  Photograph that which you are afraid to photograph.

...  Remember, your failures are more educational than successes.

...  Use images to make a story book, with a plot, a beginning, and an end.

...  Or go to the museum & local art galleries.

...  Go to the elementary school's holiday pageant.

...  Go shopping for a thank-you gift for me, for getting you such great advice.
Dec 10 12 07:29 am  Link  Quote 
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