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Inspiration is a strange lady and a lot of photographers find themselves waiting for her with nostalgia every now and then. Creative ruts are normal in all arts, but it's up to every artist to decide how he or she deals with them.
You can either wallow in the pain or challenge yourself to break free and meet with inspiration once again.
There are multiple ways of doing that, one of the most popular being the photo project. It will keep you on track regardless of creative swings and it will drive you forward to complete it. The downside to projects is they need a lot of thought and planning, and resources are not always accessible. I recommend all photographers do at least one project in their careers, but if you don't have the means to start one, there are other ways to get out of the rut or to simply expand your portfolio.
There are countless experiments you can try and that's one of the cool things about photography. If you feel like you need to try something new, why not switch to a Polaroid camera for a change? Or why don't you try taking a few spectacular levitation shots? Sure, they're not something new or unseen before, but that shouldn't stop you. Originality lies not just in the idea, but also in the execution.
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You can also try using your lenses creatively by "free lensing", which basically means unmounting your lens and holding it closely in front of the camera. You'll be amazed of the awesome effects you can create using this cheap trick.
In a creative rut and need some inspiration to up your photography game?Watch photographersAnastasia Ehlakova& Julia Gebhardtdemonstrate some fun & creative photography tips to try out on your next shoot. Thanks again to our friends at Cooperative of Photography!