Guest Blog: FINDING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHIC MOJO
Date Posted:5 April 2016
ANYONE WHO HAS OWNED A CAMERA FOR MORE THAN A FEW MONTHS WILL EVENTUALLY FIND THEMSELVES STRUGGLING FOR PHOTOGRAPHY IDEAS. WE GIVE OUR TOP FIVE IDEAS FOR FINDING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHIC MOJO AGAIN.
Go through your collection of lenses and set aside a week or month when you can grab your camera and just one lens at a time to see what you can shoot with it. Set yourself the task of going somewhere different every day or each weekend and then just pick up a lens at random. You might find yourself shooting macro around the house with a telephoto lens or heading into the paddocks with a ‘nifty fifty’. And you might surprise yourself with just how stretching this experience can be.
Hunt around for an old film camera or borrow one off a mate and have a go at taking a range of different photos in one quick session. This might include pets in the garden, kids in the house, the car in the driveway, and a bunch of kid’s toys from the bedroom. The challenges include having a limited number of shots on a roll of film, not being able to check the LCD screen to see the instant results, and of course, having to take or send the film off to be developed. There is nothing quite like the feeling you get that first time when the photos are developed and half the shots are found to be unusable due to blur, bad light, or people not smiling.
CHANGE THAT ANGLE:
We are so used to standing straight up and taking photos at eye level that it is good practice to try something totally different. Try having a session when every shot has to be taken laying on your stomach on the ground, or laying on your back looking up, or looking down from above. There are so many variations possible and it can be quite challenging trying to see what you can achieve on the day.
GET OUT INTO THE STREET:
A photo walk around your local city can be a great opportunity to get some great photos as well as meeting a wide range of interesting people. In all the times I have done this I have never had one person get upset at me snapping away, even when I have asked to get a photo of them. You might even think your location is so boring nobody would ever want to go there, but I guarantee that a few hours with a camera can turn up some amazing photos that will make any place intriguing.
EARLY IN THE MORNING:
Sunrise and sunset photos can be some of the best photos you will ever take. As long as you keep safe and don’t mind an early morning or later night, they can be a great opportunity to head to a nice location such as the beach or hills and snap a range of photos as the sun is rising or setting. You might want to take your tripod along so you make the most of the poor light without holding your camera.
Five simple ideas that will get you out of your head and allow your creativity to flow once again. And you might actually enjoy the experience too.
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