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Apr 18, 2014 23:32 |  #16

Don't feel as if you're all alone: I'm stuck in a rut. Any ideas?


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Apr 18, 2014 23:38 |  #17

futurebrewer wrote in post #16844706 (external link)
Thanks everyone! This is all really great advice. I'll definitely look for a photography club to join.

What do you mean by this? Do you mean there were other photographers that were bad mouthing you or other people attending the club bad mouthing you?

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That's really funny. I've been keeping an eye on a photographer who shoots with a plastic camera (Michael Bryant http://www.michael-bryant.com/index/ (external link)). He had two images at a fairly prestigious show here in Atlanta that were snapped up before the show opened last year. He's selling art, not bragging about the size of his sensor.

Thats what was weird to me. It was a street photography group and they all had some small mirrorless cameras, Leica, Nex, etc. and when I showed up with my T2i they began to stub me. Were all chummy before they saw my gear, then it all changed after we began shooting. Im certain its not common, but it can happen.


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Apr 19, 2014 02:04 |  #18

peeaanuut wrote in post #16845271 (external link)
Thats what was weird to me. It was a street photography group and they all had some small mirrorless cameras, Leica, Nex, etc. and when I showed up with my T2i they began to stub me. Were all chummy before they saw my gear, then it all changed after we began shooting. Im certain its not common, but it can happen.

That's a bummer! I would look at it that, if this is the kind of people they are... no loss.. i'm better off without them. ;)

While i appreciate gear as much as the next guy, i'm not a snob about it. I teach/help/ shoot with people at my photo-club, that use dSLR,P&S, and they even bring their phones at times. On the other end of the scale, there's one "pro" sports shooter, with a 1Dx, 1DIV, and all L glass (300/2.8 IS,400/2.8II IS.. all wonderful stuff) and portrait lighting. I kinda spend a lot of time chatting with her, :lol: and she does presentations, etc., and i'm always helping her out. So..it works both ways.


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Apr 19, 2014 02:34 |  #19

Do you like sports?
Talk to the local Little League executive and photograph a whole season.
Either pick a team to follow, or shoot whoever is at the park when you are there.

But make sure the league executive OK's it first. Otherwise you may be run out of town or lynched because they think you are a pervert.




  
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Apr 19, 2014 03:07 |  #20

Projects are good if you have the self motivation though....!

An A-Z, a colour or other themed project such as shapes, lines, a 365 :o a 100 strangers,

I tried macro thinking there will ALWAYS be something to shoot. Couldn't really get into it personally.


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Apr 19, 2014 04:00 |  #21

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Hi all,

I've been into photography for a little while now. Lately, I have been having trouble finding things to take pictures of. I go outside and I feel bored or like there is nothing to take pictures of. Wondering how to get out of this slump.

Anybody have some ideas on what to do? Whenever I get outside I feel like I am taking the pictures of the same things: a dumpster, a cool sign, leaves, flowers, etc..

I try to remind myself that I am outside and there are an infinite amount of things to photograph, but it hasn't seemed to work lately.

If you can, take a look at the tumblr in my signature to see some of the things I have shot in the past. Thanks!

Inspiration happens when you're working, not just when you're sitting around trying to think of what to work on.

I'm not trying to say that outside inspiration is trash. I'm just saying that you can't use the excuse of "but I can't think of anything." Doesn't matter if you can think of anything, a photographer's job is to communicate. So at some point you have to find a way to keep producing images even if you think you've got nothing to say. Everyone gets in a rut, but you've gotta work through it rather than just living in your head.

Because seriously...living in your own head is the easiest way to kill a person's vreativity. You know that if you make yourself work, you'll be able to to come up with something. So there's no such thing as "I didn't have anything to shoot" or "I didn't have any ideas." Sure you did. You just pictured it in your mind, decided it was gonna be worthless, and then killed the creative process right there. Maybe it would have been crap or maybe it would have been good, but you'll never know because you never made work. You never got images, which means that you never got a chance to compare the ideas in your head to the ideas that show up in your photography. And that's how good ideas die.




  
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Apr 19, 2014 11:09 |  #22

here is something that happened last night that was a little weird but turned into a good shooting time. Went to the local big hill for some sunset shots and there ended up being a group that showed up for an instameet. Basically it was an instagram meet. So it wasnt just photogs getting together, it was people that liked to perform for the camera and I ended up getting some good shots that I never would have thought to try to get. It was an interesting experience and contrary to my previous group experience.


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Apr 19, 2014 11:28 |  #23

futurebrewer wrote in post #16844301 (external link)
having trouble finding things to take pictures of. . . . Whenever I get outside I feel like I am taking the pictures of the same things. . . . I try to remind myself that I am outside and there are an infinite amount of things to photograph. . . . take a look at the tumblr in my signature to see some of the things I have shot

Your post says "things" four times. If you stop looking for new things and start looking for scenes, you'll never run out of material. This approach can be satisfying if you're at all interested in abstraction.

On our last trip, I had a brief conversation with another traveler at a train station. This woman had recently been given a used Canon G9, when someone upgraded, and she didn't know much about how to work it. We talked about settings. Then I mentioned that I'm always looking for good compositions. She asked what that was. I said it was the way shapes and colors were arranged.

I'd rather make as many photos as possible that are visually interesting in themselves than accumulate a collection of photos of as many different things as possible.


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Apr 19, 2014 12:31 |  #24

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I see you're in Corvallis. I'd say that is a bit of a boring little town, aside from the OSU campus

OSU campus!
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Apr 21, 2014 08:42 |  #25

I find that picking something specific and the searching for it is much more productive than just looking for things to photograph. You get fewer images but they are a lot more worth shooting. For example, you may choose "covered bridges". Then get online and search for them. Sometimes you may have to drive several hours to get to what you want.

You can do this with all sorts of subjects. Sunsets, sunrises, flowers, statues, headstones, cars, motorcycles, people, architecture, trains, etc.


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Apr 21, 2014 16:28 |  #26

LeeRatters wrote in post #16844429 (external link)
Have children :) :) :)

bw!

This is so true lol

But seriously. Being just into photography will leave you bored and frustrated a lot of the time. What else are you interested in?

You need to be passionate about your subject -- you need to combine photography with another interest.

Having kids is a great one -- who isn't interested in their kids??

But could be anything -- the great outdoors, motor sports, soccer, naked women, fasion, anything you can see with your eyes can be photographed, but if you want to really see what's there, feel inspired, think about what you'd be interested in even if the camera wasn't with you



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Apr 25, 2014 19:30 as a reply to  @ RMH's post |  #27

I also lose motivation unless I have a goal or a job to complete. Committing myself to creating groups of shots for Habitat For Humanity pamphlets gave me reason to meet with people, plan the times, get all gear ready, go to the site, and right on through Lightroom and CD's to give them.
I do the same for another non-profit group, and I do it for free, for it is a bobby for me.




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Apr 26, 2014 07:45 |  #28

futurebrewer wrote in post #16844301 (external link)
Anybody have some ideas on what to do? Whenever I get outside I feel like I am taking the pictures of the same things: a dumpster, a cool sign, leaves, flowers, etc..

So, why must you go outside in order to take pictures? You don't have people you know to take pictures of, things in your home to photograph, macros of almost anything in your home, the list is endless. Stop thinking that you can only photograph things outdoors!




  
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Apr 26, 2014 08:22 |  #29

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So, why must you go outside in order to take pictures? You don't have people you know to take pictures of, things in your home to photograph, macros of almost anything in your home, the list is endless. Stop thinking that you can only photograph things outdoors!

It all depends on your likes. A person who prefers landscape photography is never going to be happy shooting still life macro any more than a confirmed bug hunter will. I very rarely ever find anything interesting to shoot in the house, or indoors in general. My "eye" just doesn't work that way.


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Apr 26, 2014 09:44 |  #30

Preeb wrote in post #16862544 (external link)
It all depends on your likes. A person who prefers landscape photography is never going to be happy shooting still life macro

If you only like shooting landscapes, you will likely "run out of ideas" very quickly unless you travel a lot. Just like someone who likes to make things out of wood. You can only have so many chairs around the house... you have to diversify what your hobby does if you don't want it to die quickly!




  
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