It has been awhile since I have written a blog.
I have just not been motivated or inspired to write recently, I just wasn’t happy with the photos that I was producing and subsequently, I didn’t feel in a position to give any tips or advice.
I have now though managed to keep shooting in a style I like and have just been shooting for myself.
Now I have managed to get over this hurdle I think it would be suitable to give you my tips and ideas that I used to get motivated and stay motivated with my work again.
STICK TO YOUR GOAL
I have mentioned finding your end goal before in a previous blog (click here). This for me has often got blurred and lost a bit by the thought of getting paid using my camera. My main goal with a camera is to capture moments and memories forever. Both personal ones and fleeting ones on the street. And then to create prints and books to make physical copies of these photographs. But I have been distracted a lot by “what makes money” in photography. To make money buy sleeping books and prints is hard and it’s much easier to do more commercial work for others and get paid, but that has never been my intention. I have always wanted the work to be meaningful to me and the way I want not someone else’s. I was always turned but the “easier” way of making money instead of sticking to my GOAL and this just made me lose motivation for it all. I have now got back on MY path to MY goal.
I have just recently designed and published my first photo book too. Called “Leicester Riverside Festival 2018” this has given me the buzz that I had always wanted and after months and months of saying I am going to create one I finally have. A step in the right direction at last!
I am going to wait and see how the final print has come out before putting it up for sale as this is my first time using these printers and want to check the quality before I allow people to part with there hard earned cash for a copy.
LOOK AT PHOTOS YOU LOVE
This one seems simple but there is more to it then just scrolling through Instagram. For me, I have always been drawn to Street/Documentary style photos and Street/Art photos. But on Instagram, you see so many different styles and variations of these styles let alone any other genres of photography that your sight can get blurred and you don’t stick to the style you’re really drawn to and love.
So I have now cleared a lot of people on my Instagram with styles that don’t aline with my own. I kept trying and experimenting with loads of genres and styles. Which is not a bad thing to start of with as you learn from all the experiences and experimentation but there comes a time when you need to stick to a style you love and just refine it. Else you will just become a “jack of all trades and a master of none”.
So find the style/s that you like the most and just keep looking at them and refine that instead of constantly changing.
WATCH VIDEOS THAT GET YOU PUMPED
This one is an easy one as who doesn’t spend hours watching videos already? But try and tailor what you watch to something related to photography. This means you will be learning and getting inspired at the same time as relaxing and watching videos with a brew!
These next few all link together. This one is good on all counts. You get out of your house. You exercise. You get motivated and inspired! What more do you want? For this one just simply go out for a walk.
ALWAYS HAVE YOUR CAMERA
Leading on from the last point, when you are going out make sure you have your camera on you. It’s pointless going out to get all motivated and inspired to then not have your camera on you to capture the moments you see.
CAMERA IN YOUR HAND
Again leading on from the last couple, just walk around with your camera in your hand. Not only will you be ready to react to any occurring moments and won’t miss as much you will be more alert about looking for these moments. Subconsciously when you have your camera in your hand you are always reminded that you are out to make photos so you stay alert and on track more.
For this one, you just need to get involved more and share your work with like-minded photographers. It doesn’t always have to be with a fellow photographer it can just be another creative person. I know that for me when I speak to other creatives I just get pumped up and want to go and create. These people don’t have to live near you, you can connect through social media and still get the benefits.
The last tip is to listen to music that inspires you and gets the hairs on your arms to stand up. This will be different for everyone but you will know what music does this for you. When you are feeling demotivated or uninspired just put this music on “pretty loud in my case” and close your eyes and let the creativity run through your body. Athletes do this all the time as it distracts you from the negative thoughts and gets your mind in the right place where it needs to be.
I hope some of these tips help you whether you are in a rut now or in the future.
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