Finding inspiration can sometime be tough, and nobody can tell you to get inspired but there are some places you can try to get that kick-start you need!
Yourself. Inspiration comes from within. It does not matter how you are feeling! Use the way you are feeling for inspiration – Whether you are happy, depressed, lazy or feel like an “Energizer” bunny. Try to take a photo that reflects your current state of mind. It might not be what you like, but by doing that you will soon find the way you feel are changing and then you can continue the way you like! You are Unique! – Get Inspired!
Blogs.There are many blogs on photography and inspiration. Surf the blogs for inspiration on the topic for your next assignment or any subject that will entertain you’re thought of mind. Check out Galleries and equipment posts , anything that you enjoy! – Get Inspired!
Magazines. Subscribe to magazines on Photography or Cameras. Even magazines on art will be able to get your creative juices flowing. It does not matter, whatever suits you’re fancy. You know what will rock your boat! Go out and get a magazine! – Get Inspired!
Social Networks. Get involved in social networks on the topics you like. Google+, Facebook, Twitter and the numerous photo sharing sites have an endless stream of connections. You are sure to find People to connect to and topics to join on these sites. Engage, Talk, and discuss! Besides that you can enjoy other peoples work and learn through enjoying and engaging – Get Inspired!
Camera Retailers. Get to a local camera shop and have a look at the old stuff, the new stuff and everything in between. Spend some time discovering the things you need in your trade. You don’t have to buy anything (Even better if you do, nothing like some new stuff to try out to get you inspired) after being in these surroundings for a while you will feel different and maybe, just maybe you will get going! – Get Inspired!
Surrounding. Change your surrounding. Get in your car and drive out of town with your gear in tow. If you can not do that, visit somewhere new. A change in scenery is a sure-fire way to make you feel different. – Get Inspired!
Portfolio. Have a look at your portfolio and see what you think can add or change to improve it. Even looking at the work you have done might be enough to spur you on to improve or at least to do something as spectacular as your previous work! – Get Inspired!
I Really hope you will find this helpful! Go get inspired and enjoy your photography!
Since I bought my first camera back in 1983 (Awesome Yashica FXD Quartz) I had an on/off relationship with photography. Mostly off I might add. After my initial interest and a short spell working as a freelance Photographer for a local newspaper, life happened and photography took a back seat to everyday existence.
Recently I sort of revived the interest and like so many things in life the whole landscape has changed. Cameras, Equipment, Hardware, Software, Photoshop, Internet and so much more! However I decided to take the bull by the horns and go for it. It might not go as quick or as smooth as I would like it to go due to circumstances, but no-one ever said it was going to be easy! Still, everything seemed a bit daunting and difficult!
My initial connection came about as a result of curiosity and my love for new technology and gadgets. Since then, (Remember, only a couple of weeks) it has quickly evolved into something much more substantial. Connecting to Photographers from all over the world and being able to see their photographs, read their advice, seeing what equipment they are using, the settings they used for a photo and even the stories behind some Photos are just mind-boggling. At first, an under the radar +1 confirmed that a photo was nice. Later that also evolved, and now a much more reserved +1 will confirm that the photo touched me in some way and is inspiring to me.
I would like to mention each and every photographer on Google+ here and pay some tribute to them for inspiring me and for truly having influenced me and helping me making my mind up to take photography more seriously and to the next level.
Here are two lists from which I am sure you will find some photographers on Google+ that will inspire you and maybe mean as much to you as some of them meant to me!