Exercises for Creative Inspiration in Photography
Regardless of whether you enjoy taking amateur pictures and have your camera with you everywhere you go or you make a living out of this spectacular activity, it is a fact that sometimes inspiration strikes as a lightning.
And sometimes it simply doesn’t, for a long time. When that happens, it’s good to take some time off and reevaluate your work or simply detach from it and occupy yourself with different activities. However, when the time comes and you really want to start creating again but simply don’t know where to start, here are some things to try and who knows, maybe you’ll end up with your next masterpiece!
If you lack inspiration from your surroundings, try and find it in simple everyday objects. Take something very ordinary and experiment with it by taking multiple pictures of that object from different angles. Set a clear goal, for instance 10 photos, at do some close ups as well as pictures from very far away. Position the object in a way that it would catch some natural light and approach it from different angles. You will be surprised to see how much of interesting material can come out of a simple glass of water, a light bulb or a table lamp. Some of those pictures will be completely terrible, but others might show you some qualities of everyday objects you’ll be surprised by and you’ll be able to use in the future.
Do research on new techniques
Let’s say you are a devoted landscape photographer. All your images include similar colour pallets and you take them from a distance. Move to something completely new. For example, tell yourself that the next 20 pictures you take are going to be black and white and document your morning routine. Pick a morning when the sun is out and your home is bathing in beautiful, natural sunlight, and take pictures of everything that comes your way from the moment you open your eyes to when you have to leave home. Sometimes the most impressive inspiration can come from everyday life, and it is up to you to find good ways of presenting it.
Experiment with settings
A good photographer knows what ISO sensitivity is necessary to capture a shot in a particular setting or how to set exposure in a very poorly lit environment. Forget that! Shoot pictures that are overexposed or underexposed, pictures that show merely the silhouettes of objects and ones that are primarily white because too much light was allowed to enter your camera lens. Borrow some equipment from other photographers that allows for different kind of qualities to be captured, such as macro lenses, and shoot extreme close-ups that are completely out of focus. That way you might discover that the technically correct way is not always the right way to take pictures if you want to end up with something groundbreaking. Bottom line, creating impressive photographs is not a craft that is set in stone and there is no one way of doing it right. Perhaps you’ll find something that does wonders and has nothing to do with how you envisioned photography; perhaps you’ll learn more about your camera in the process to!