Pro ways to shoot PHOTO PROJECTS
Running out of inspiration? Lee Frost advises on how to seek out and undertake a new project
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.