We all have gone through the same, by the so feared creative block. Sometimes it lasts for days, sometimes for weeks, and in more “serious” cases, it can last for months. I have the feeling that I am going through one of these phases, so I decided to try writing something that somehow helped me to overcome this feeling of not knowing very well what I want to photograph – probably I want the same as always – landscape, but I want to try to get out a bit (it does not take much) from my comfort zone. Eventually, this article may also end up helping you.
If, fortunately, you don’t have any creative block, it may be that in these lines you find something useful to help you even more in your day-to-day photography. Or you may get a credit of ideas for some time in the future when the kryptonite of the photographers hits you.
Shoot more, much more
It’s the first tip and perhaps the most “obvious”. Maybe that’s why it was the one that immediately came to my mind. What did I need to have, and make different images? Easy answer. Or almost…
The more we photograph, the more we increase our repertoire of images and more content will have the library of our brain. And this, of course, helps to get new ideas for the photos we are going to take next. The brain is like a muscle, the more it is practised and exercised, the better it gets. So, my first (and best?) advice will be: get out more often to shoot, even if it’s only a few hundred yards around the house.
And, in that time, go experimenting with different techniques, with multiple exposures, long exposures; or photograph the same location but at different times of the day.
There are times when we can imagine a photograph, whether it is a landscape or a person, it doesn’t matter. The idea comes suddenly! When this happens, stop what you are doing and write, or draw, the idea you just had. It may be the fuse you needed to start creating your photo. Basically, with the imagined and “drawn” photo, it’s easier to get an idea of what you’re going to do, the location, the lens, and other accessories you can use.
If your ideas usually only come when you have the camera in hand and start taking pictures, then all I can do is suggest that you always leave with your camera (even if it’s just the phone).
Create libraries with inspiring photos from other photographers
The more images we see, the more knowledge we get and the more willing to go out to take pictures as well…
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Co-Editor and co-founder of the Fuji X Passion project. Portuguese photographer with passion for landscape photography.