10 Things To Try When You’re in a Photographic Rut

1x1.trans 10 Things To Try When Youre in a Photographic Rut
  1. Visit an exhibition or a museum (on photography or any other art form).
  2. Try shooting film, and not processing your work for at least 3 months. Then do a final edit at the end.
  3. Travel (doesn’t have to be international, it can be even an hour drive away).
  4. Write down any photographic ideas you have for potential projects in a notebook over a nice coffee, beer, or glass of wine.
  5. Meet others photographers in person, and hear what they’re working on (or advice they may have).
  6. Go for a walk around your block, and bring your camera with you.
  7. Intentionally try to take really boring photos (a la Martin Parr).
  8. Stop taking photos for a while and try writing, drawing, or playing musical instrument.
  9. Attend a photography lecture or workshop.
  10. Ask yourself: “Why do I take pictures?” and reflect on it. Ultimately the most important reason to take photos is to have something to say.

What else do you do when you’re lacking inspiration in your photography? Add your tips in the comments below!


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  1. Bewar3them00n says

    11. Use a lens you wouldn’t normally use, say if you use 50mm use a 28mm…… get out of your comfort zone.
    12. try shooting from the hip or not using a viewfinder
    13. only take images on transport, or without stopping to compose a shot
    14. shoot only in B&W

  2. Mike Vincent says

    I like to re-visit places have been before and look for something I may have missed. It always delivers, boredome is a state of mind.

  3. Kevin Shelley says

    I agree playing an instrument is a great distraction and a good form of meditation.

    I would also say, if stuck in a rut don’t think of what will please other people or what you think they want to see. Think what ‘you’ would like to see yourself.

    Without that pressure, you will be able to think more clearly.

  4. Kevin Shelley says

    By the way Eric I love that photograph at the top of this post.

    Reminds me of thise old New York Crime Scene photos, with the body and the feet of the detectives.

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