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17 ways to be inspired.
We have all been there. Lying in bed and wondering what tomorrow brings. It happens to the best of us to lose interest. Ran out of ideas? There are ways to get your mojo back without spending a dime; only your time is required. Inspiration comes from anywhere; so stop taking meaningless photos, and put on your thinking cap!
We are here to help with photography hobby ideas to be inspired.

Be aware of your time! 

It is imperative to plan your day and schedule time for your hobby. Distractions can happen, but planning time for a project or just getting out with your camera will help you get into a mood.
Always have your camera ready to grab and run if you need to.
 
This Means:

  • Download your photos from your camera or your phone to a safe place.
  • Make sure you have enough space to save your images.
  • Start with an empty memory card (nothing worth then running out of space and the right moment)
  • Recharge your batteries and place it with your camera or camera bag.
  • Always carry a backup battery.
  • Clean your lenses with a soft cloth.
  • Reset your camera settings to basics like a daylight shooting. Let's say you are heading out for a nighttime shoot, and you should change your settings according to your plan. Usually, if I shoot at night, I would set my camera to "Auto-ISO," so I don't miss the moment. It would also work for a gloomy overcast day. It is easier to adjust when you don't need it rather than missing a great moment fiddling with the settings.

What I would call it is online and offline inspiration. Below are some tips for inspiring one's hidden creativity with or without using the internet.
Read more below.

Offline inspiration ideas.

Take a partner with you.

I often join my husband or a friend for a photo shoot. We see things differently, so frequently, I'' ask to show me the image and see if I get motivated to take the same shot. Oops did I say take the same shot? Trust me; no two images are alike. Unless you are standing on the same cliff at the same time, others photograph the same scene with the exact same camera and setting. Not likely 🙂

Pick the time and location that works for you.

Don't go when and where everyone else is taking a shot; find another spot nearby.

Return To Your Roots.

Come back to your basics and review what made you take that shot in the first place. Ups and downs are part of life and process. If you have a brain freeze, start at the beginning. For example, choose a composition rule and work with it.

Stay positive.

We all experience hardship and tragedy in our lives. One of the most significant steps in growing and staying inspired is to reflect on the past. Photography is a way to chronicle the process that made us work through it. Pull out those images and remember you made it through.

Be open-minded and creative.

Go for a walk around your neighborhood or park to get things started. Take photographs of as much as possible. It could be anything from architecture to an object lying on the street or just a pretty flower.
If all fails, look around your house. Put an object in your window and catch the morning sun as it lights it up. Catch your kids sleeping. Arrange fruits, vegetables on your dining room table.

Walk away.

Go for a walk without your camera. I bet you wish you had it with you. 🙂
It helps to take a deep breath and reset. It allows you to see what you missed the last time you were there and lets you be inspired again.

Experiment

Don't restrict yourself by staying within a box. Push yourself and try things you never did. Might feel strange, or it might lead to a fantastic revelation! Make yourself feel uncomfortable. Like lay on your back and shoot toward the sky. You might look silly but who cares!

Choose a theme

Decide what your subject will be for the day. Try these back ally; objects attach to something, flowers, cars, windows, your kids at the park, or beach, stairs, trains, planes, clouds, sun reflection, puddles and reflection, animals, people. The list is endless.

Choose a lens for the day.

For example, leave your zoom lens at home and work with a primary lens. You might find you get your feet and moving in all kinds of direction to get the right shot. It helps to compose your image in-camera not relying on cropping it later 🙂

Visit a gallery or museum

If circumstances lets you inside, it is excellent, and if not, find an outdoor collection of displayed artworks. The work of others can be inspiring and rejuvenating.

Check the weather forecast.

Weather is just one part of what nature has to offer. Weather just as moody as we are. Feeling tired, go out when the sun is up. Are you feeling melancholy and tired of rain? Put on your raincoat and head out at night. You will be surprised how different your city or street looks like in the downpour with all the lights shining bright.

Take a day off.

Let yourself have a day off. A night out with friends, make a special dinner with candlelight might do the trick to re-energize your creativity.

Change your perspective from color to black and white.

Most digital cameras have an option to shoot in black and white. Try it! Focus on the light and dark areas of your viewer created by shadows. Black and white photography eliminates any abstraction of color. It helps the viewer focus on the vital part of the image, such as textures, patterns, and shapes.

Online inspiration ideas.

Inspiration Through Collaboration

Join a Facebook Group! Some of the best ideas and results come from partnering up with others. Get involved!

Listen to music.

Music brings out sensation and inserts imagery in our brain. It is a magnificent form of painting to jog our creativity.
Music relies on no visual presence and can lead to the most imaginative outcomes. This form of stimulus may not be so apparent, but it certainly gets our imagination and creativity flowing.

Look beyond what you know and experienced

There's a ton of creativity to inspire you. Movies, Fashion, film, music,  graphics, to mention a few - look for something you usually wouldn't, and you might be surprised by how inspired you can be.

Look up other artists, photographers, or themes online.

Here are some searches you can try in your browser.

  1. 1
    photography: architecture
  2. 2
    photography: yellow
  3. 3
    photography: flowers
  4. 4
    photography: weddings ideas
  5. 5
    photography: weddings pose
  6. 6
    Photography: Children
  1. 6
    photography: animals
  2. 7
    photography: street photography
  3. 8
    photography: food
  4. 9
    photography: black and white
  5. 10
    Famous photographers
  6. 11
    famous photographers 2020

And I can keep going. You get the idea.

Conclusion

Both offline and online inspiration have their place. Knowing when to use each is not as important as to give it a try. One is not of your cup of tea, then try the other method. Remember, when you get too complacent, the flow of creativity is lessened, so get out of your box and be uncomfortable for the day.

We would love to hear from you what is your habit and motivation technique to be inspired again. Please share with our viewers to help them know we all have been there, and there is always a way out from the stillness.


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