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Creative Block


MattB1987 e2
3 444 England
11 Jul 2012 7:03AM
Morning Everybody!

Recently I have had real trouble in producing something I am truely happy with in my photos and have had a real block in my creative abilities. In the last week I have been going through my photos from my recent trip to Sorrento and have started and scrapped so many photos because I just can't acheive something I am satisfied with.

What I was wondering is if other people have had this and maybe came up with a way or ways to help drag yourself out of the dip in apparent ability? I really love photography and I don't want to be put off by this slump and get back to my enthusiasm and ability of a month or two ago.

Thanks for reading and I would love to hear about your experiences.

Matt

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Coleslaw e2
9 13.4k 28 Wales
11 Jul 2012 7:08AM
Happens all the time.
Maybe look at more photos, get some inspiration. Then, shoot more. Otherwise, you will just stay in the slump.
779HOB
2 1.1k United Kingdom
11 Jul 2012 7:29AM
I think it is just part of the process of getting better at what we do. I have it at work as well as with the camera. I think the solution is different for everyone but for me I do one of two things; I either go for a long and proper walk without camera, phone, or anything other than a notebook - because the ideas start to come after a few miles. Or, I sleep. I have been known to sleep for a few days but at the end the ideas start to flow.

I also think that when you are in this state of mind it's good not to look at your own work, you will be overly critical and also not to look at other peoples work as you will feel even more useless! But, it's different for us all. Basically, walk away from the problem and let your head process it in the background and bingo, solution or creativity pops in.
JohnParminter
7 1.3k 14 England
11 Jul 2012 7:36AM

Quote:I really love photography


I think this is your problem Matt.

Divorce yourself from loving photography. Love and be passionate about the subjects you want to photograph then just use photography as the tool to photograph them in the way you are passionate about them.

This is what I do anyway.
779HOB
2 1.1k United Kingdom
11 Jul 2012 7:39AM

Quote:Divorce yourself from loving photography. Love and be passionate about the subjects you want to photograph then just use photography as the tool to photograph them in the way you are passionate about them.


That's very good advice.
peterjones e2
12 4.0k 1 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2012 7:49AM

Quote:Divorce yourself from loving photography. Love and be passionate about the subjects you want to photograph then just use photography as the tool to photograph them in the way you are passionate about them.


Many thanks for sharing that thought.

Peter.
MattB1987 e2
3 444 England
11 Jul 2012 7:58AM
Some great advice guys thanks, definitely makes sense, and John comment is great I think it should be a photography mantra the magazines should promote, it's a great perspective I think! I will take these on board and see how I get on.
Thanks for you help people Smile
Matt
User_Removed 5 4.6k 1 Scotland
11 Jul 2012 9:56AM
A bottle of 25 year old Bunnahabhain works wonders.


Wink
JackAllTog e2
5 4.0k 58 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2012 10:24AM
I think i'm coming down to the view that for a while i may need to specialise in one area and fully understand post processing options in that area as i'm aware of what can be done but just can't yet do it myself - i think its time for the P word - Project.
User_Removed 5 4.6k 1 Scotland
11 Jul 2012 4:43PM
A good project is one of the "...of the Year" competitions such as AP's APOY 2012 where you know, many months in advance, what the topics will be. Generally, for about half of the rounds, I can just go into Lightroom and select a suitable image but, the other half, I have to research, plan and execute specifically for the competition.
arhb e2
7 2.5k 68 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2012 9:05AM
Something else relating to the passion for photography, and along the lines of John Parminter's pholosophy, is that of being objective when reviewing the images we take -
it's all too easy to look at a set of images we've just taken, with too much emotional attachment - we want them to look good, even if they don't.

Leave it a while before reviewing your work, so you look at it objectively, rather than emotionally.
mark99 e2
4 11
12 Jul 2012 9:06AM
Take less gear, 1 camera, 1 lens works wonders for the imagination.
25 Jul 2012 9:02PM
Take a look at other people's stuff in the categories you like - portraits/landscapes/sports whatever. Go to some good photography exhibitions; buy some books...Then have a go at copying something stunning. Out of the attempt, something quite different will emerge, and it should be good. Painters train by copying the masters....
SlowSong e2
6 4.8k 29 England
25 Jul 2012 9:04PM

Quote:Divorce yourself from loving photography. Love and be passionate about the subjects you want to photograph then just use photography as the tool to photograph them in the way you are passionate about them.
That is such brilliant advice. I just wish I was passionate about something enough to concentrate on it. I guess I love London, but has it all been done before? I certainly don't seem to come up with anything different or essential.
hobbo e2
3 892 2 England
26 Jul 2012 10:34AM
Take a camera with you wherever you go........then opportunities will arise all around you....not every day........not, in any particular order........but YOU will have camera handy when they do.

Difficult I know, if you are working full time, but any spare time, weekends and holidays count too.......I am fully retired now, and would never think of leaving the house without at least one of my cameras.

My SONY A55 with a selection of lenses, for the more serious side of any genre.....my tiny PANASONIC LX5 for great street photography and portraits......plus, the very versatile FUJI F600 EXR that lives in my pocket wherever I go.....ALL shooting RAW.

Unless you really want to, don't focus on just one photographic area such as portraiture, or macro......

Instead .....OPEN your mind to ALL AND EVERY photographic opportunity, that way you will be seeking photographic opportunities each and every day, your mind will focus and your creative eye sharpen.

A browse of my portfolio will give you an idea of what I mean.

Above all.....HAVE FUN AND ENJOY.

Hobbo

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