Visit a farmers’ market
The camera’s manual
Listen to music
Buy a women’s fashion magazine
Make more photographer friends
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Inspiration is a crucial ingredient in any creative craft and photography is no different. Most of the times it comes natural, but once in a while, everybody needs a boost because inspiration seems to run out. Here are xx sources of inspiration that most photographers tend to overlook.
Places like this are full of color and it’s hard not to feel inspired when you’re in one. The mix of colors can create some great images but that’s not all. Environmental portraits of the people working there can also look fantastic so try to make the best out of each element.
It seems pretty obvious that you should read the camera’s instruction manual right after you buy. However, many people feel confident enough to use the camera without turning to this helpful piece of knowledge. That’s just fine, except that most amateur photographers, and even the occasional pro, forget some of the “hidden” capabilities of their cameras. Every photographer has a different level of control over their camera, so these features might seem obvious and commonly used to some, while to others they could be a new, refreshing set of tools to use creatively.
I’m not joking. Inspiration strikes in the most unexpected times, and one of them could be while listening to the lyrics of a favorite song. It might just suddenly strike you how to illustrate a certain verse with an interesting photo.
If you’re a woman, it’s probably something you’re already doing. If you’re a man however, definitely give it a shot. It’s something you might not have considered before, but these magazines actually have great photos inside, and they can provide great inspiration. If you’re not into fashion that much, don’t worry. Often, the ads in these magazines are based on photos that are equally good so if you ask me, it’s a winning option all the way.
Expanding your network of photographer friends can be very beneficial to your work and creativity. Since two or more minds are always better than one, you shouldn’t be afraid to share your ideas with other photographers, as they might offer a different perspective on how to do things, one that you might not come up with on your own.
I bet this comes as a shock…not. Laugh all you want, but the truth is it’s one of the last resorts for photographers looking for inspiration. Not because they’re ashamed, because they just didn’t remember earlier. Simply searching for a certain subject or idea can turn up thousands of images that have the potential to inspire you.
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