Pin WheelLooking at the things nearby to inspire us.
A lot of photographers suffer from something I call “stuckitiss” . It’s a condition where there seems to be nothing worth photographing. You feel like you done it all before or there is simply nothing that would be interesting. I would like to suggest a cure. Close to the TigerI like Tiger Lillys. They are every where in my yard.
The method is pretty simple. You need to change the order that you do things. Instead of deciding what you are going to shoot and then going to get your gear, do the opposite. Get your gear and just go out to your back yard. Now “back yard” can be different things to different folks. In the burbs a back yard is commonly some patch of grass or garden on the property where you live. In the city it can be out on the stoop or in the neighborhood down as far as the corner store. Out in the country it can be your favorite field, garden or barn.
Step two is even easier. Point your camera at anything and press the shutter. Look at details, hunt for flowers, seek out some cool bugs, find interesting characters or shapes and shadows. Just start clicking. The end of the day will genuinely bring surprises.
This simple exercise could very well leave you with a taste for a new genre or some salable fine art material. The trick is to just start firing away. Play with exposure, depth of field, long shutter times or fast ones. This is your opportunity to do all the silly things you can think of. Take your flash with you. Light stuff from the top, the bottom or from behind. Try some of the gadget features of the expensive flash you bought. Maybe, figure out what that multi thing does.
Day LillyTigers are not the only Lillys in the yard.
I know this sounds over simplified but it isn’t. Sometime the best way to overcome a roadblock is to just walk around it. I think if you give this a try you will be amazed at how it unlocks that creative block and let’s things flow freely once more.
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Tigers at NightYou can try this at any time of day or night.