Non-pro photographers, how have do prevent burnout?

1 year 10 months ago #593643 by Tsoto
Do you ever feel like your photography isn't taking the steps forward that you would like?  You are putting in the time, but not seeing noticeable steps forward?  Last couple weekends out for me, have been exhausting and just not as exciting as they once were with my camera.  

If we can be honest, I feel burntout.  I love photography and think I'm just being hard on myself.  Any sort of help or advice would be greatly appreciated.  


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1 year 10 months ago #593656 by fmw
You are burned out over a hobby?  So do do it less.


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1 year 10 months ago - 1 year 10 months ago #593686 by effron
I burned out as a pro, shooting every weekend, all nighters in the lab and dealing with mothers of brides and doped up rock musicians... after a decade off, digital revived my interest and I'll get nowhere near a "paid" gig.
The above is correct, if you are bored with a hobby, find another....
Edit: "Any sort of help or advice would be greatly appreciated. "
Challenge yourself with something different.....

Why so serious?
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1 year 10 months ago #593746 by Moe
 Have you thought about doing a 365 project or attending a meet up group? 


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1 year 10 months ago #593755 by garyrhook
I'm not sure what pro or non-pro has to do with it.

As for motivation, projects can be fun. 30 day, 52 week, 365 day. Pick something. Pick a constraint, too, if you like ("never leave my property", "I can't cross the street").

Burnout comes when you're not doing something different and/or challenging yourself. Mix it up.

I can hardly wait to not have a day job.


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1 year 10 months ago #593835 by Carry
Pause, learn something new and jump back into the game.  If you are board with what you did yesterday, try something new today.  


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1 year 10 months ago #593996 by ShutterPal
As Gary pointed out, pro, non pro, it doesn't make a difference.  There are some good suggestions in this thread.  The bottom line is that you need to get out there and explore, try something new, challenge yourself.  Go photograph something you normally wouldn't have.   


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1 year 8 months ago #604942 by srubio77
Try something new and experiment. It may not work out perfectly, but it'll likely stir up some new ideas


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1 year 8 months ago #604948 by Stanly
 Make it a point of trying something new each week 

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1 year 8 months ago #604967 by NewavaMike

Do you ever feel like your photography isn't taking the steps forward that you would like?  You are putting in the time, but not seeing noticeable steps forward? 

My day job is meter reader for the utility company. I walk the neighborhoods.  The warehouse districts,  the shopping centers, the railroad tracks, the well to do hoods, and the "trailer park boys" hoods.  It's a constant flood of visual moments.  I see all kinds of stuff.  I see huge gardens of weed.  I see cherried out cars in peoples garages.  I see dogs, cats, chickens and squirrels. I see barns and horses and cows and tractors. And I see people.  All kinds of people.  They are the most amazing things to see of all.  It's the creation. All around you. 

I suggest you take a walk around your city or town.  Start in one of the older sections.  Just park and get out and walk around for awhile and with no time constraints. Give yourself an hour. 
Oh yea.  DON'T TAKE YOUR CAMERA !!!!  Leave it at home..  

Every time you come across a scene that captivates you....and captures your attention.....   
and you don't have your camera...….

Well, anyways.  Walking is good for you too :) 
 


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1 year 8 months ago #605137 by Scotty
I've been burn out for like a year now.   I'm going to Hawaii next week with both cams so I should be shooting again finally?

Take a break honestly.  You can't force something to be fun.

When the last candle has been blown out
and the last glass of champagne has been drunk
All that you are left with are the memories and the images-David Cooke.

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1 year 8 months ago #605153 by Ozzie_Traveller
G'day Tsoto

Burnout is emotional tiredness - and every one of us here & elsewhere has experienced it somewhere / sometime

For me - having bought my first Pentax way back in the mid 60s, I have had plenty of ups & downs photographically and within myself. External issues & stresses from work & home & life-in-general all contribute to my emotional 'bank-balance' and reflect into my photographic pleasures

Many of the suggestions above sound okay - so may I suggest you "relax a bit and give yourself a moment to yourself" - If you feel like taking some photos - do it, if not, leave the stuff at home and just enjoy the views

If it helps you at all, you can have a chuckle at my expense too ... there are many days in my photography where I return home from a day's outing, and after looking at my results on the computer screen I delete the whole damn lot as they were a struggle to take and looking at them later, they do not excite me enough to keep either :(

Hope this helps
Phil from the great land Downunder
www.flickr.com/photos/ozzie_traveller/sets/


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1 year 7 months ago #606236 by Howard Swanson
Unplug for a couple weeks, come back and do a 365 photo project.  Force yourself to try something new, or themed photo shoot.  


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