Finding Inspiration as a Photographer

We’ve all been there, struggling to find motivation, ideas, or maybe you just can’t shake the boredom of repetition. It can be hard to find the inspiration needed to get off the couch and do something, so I’ve compiled a list of seven things I like to do when I’m in a rut. What gives you inspiration as an artist?


  • Find a New Theme/Subject  Shooting the same subjects on a daily basis is great, you become a master at navigating the ins and outs of the typical problems that tend to pop up, but it can get a little boring after a while. Pick a new theme that you never shoot and have some fun with it.
  • Change up your colors Focusing on how colors flow and blend together or removing all colors and focusing on grayscale tones can force you to focus on areas you previously never noticed.
  • Change up your angles  Do you always shoot from the hip, then get on the floor or a ladder. Carry that ladder around until you master that viewpoint.
  • Visit your local art museum This suggestion might seem a little strange, but strolling along the hallways of priceless paintings gives me great ideas to implement into my own work.
  • Back to Basics The majority of photographers are now using digital cameras. Set it down, and pick up that vintage film camera.
  • Read a Magazine  It doesn’t have to be photography related. Check out the ads in popular lifestyle magazines, many often push the boundaries of the rules.
  • New Gear  I can’t speak for everyone but getting a new equipment always seems to inspire me.

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