Pro ways to shoot PHOTO PRO­JECTS

Run­ning out of in­spi­ra­tion? Lee Frost ad­vises on how to seek out and un­der­take a new project

Digital Photograper - - Techniques -

It hap­pens to us all at one time or an­other. We head out with a cam­era, in­tent on cap­tur­ing some great im­ages, only to re­turn home with an empty me­mory card feel­ing de­flated and frus­trated. It’s the pho­to­graphic equiv­a­lent of writer’s block. The light’s okay, the lo­ca­tion is in­ter­est­ing, you were feel­ing keen when you set off ear­lier that day, but then it’s like some­one flicks a switch and your in­spi­ra­tion dis­ap­pears in an in­stant.

Some pho­tog­ra­phers see this as a sign that it’s time to find an­other hobby, but when you used to be pas­sion­ate about some­thing and that pas­sion fades, there’s usu­ally a sim­ple ex­pla­na­tion and an easy so­lu­tion. In many cases it’s down to bore­dom and fa­mil­iar­ity. If you shoot the same sub­jects week-in, week­out and never try any­thing dif­fer­ent, even­tu­ally you’ll run out of creative steam.

One so­lu­tion is to set your­self a per­sonal project, so that when you do have time to take pho­to­graphs, in the evenings or at the week­end, you have a pur­pose and can pro­duce a co­he­sive body of work that fo­cuses your en­thu­si­asm and creative en­ergy, in­stead of wan­der­ing around aim­lessly in search of things to shoot.

Over the next few pages dis­cover some pho­tog­ra­phy project ideas to get your creative juices flow­ing.

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