We've all had those moments. You're going strong, loving what you're doing, everything seems to click, then bam! One day nothing seems to work, nothing looks good to you, you can't even put two thoughts together, or you received negative feedback on one of your pieces. Are you a failure? Should you just throw in the towel and quit? No! Everyone goes though times when the inspiration and creativity lag. The trick is to work through it.
How to work through a block:
There are many ways to learn photography. I learned most of the creative theories through art. As I've said before, I paint and draw. The photography part and the technical aspects, I learned from owning a completely manual camera. It was a matter of learn the technical aspects, or never take a picture. I couldn't live without snapping images, so I jumped right in and learned how to use the camera. How can you learn your camera? Read the manual. Use your camera. Don't be afraid to make mistakes!
Another way to learn is to analyze the images of photographers that you admire; why do you like those shots so much. Trying to put those feelings into words will enable you to understand what it is that appeals to you in photographs, and by combining those characteristics you will create your own visual style.
Another way to find your own style and to learn composition, photography, and editing is to study the works of the masters and other professionals. What I am not telling you to do is to go out and copy exactly from your favorite photographer. That's illegal and unethical. Although, it is funny that you can get a group of photographers in one location, and each shot will be different.
I digress...What I'm saying is that the best way to find your own style is to study the shots that speak to you. While you are looking at these images, ask yourself:
Finally, take workshops with photographer's whose work you admire. You will learn so much from working with the professionals.
I love taking and making photos...any kind of photos. But there comes a time when I have to say "no" to some of my commitments so that my clients don't suffer. I frequently go on photo trips around town for my own pleasure. However, I easily over commit myself because I find it hard to say "no" to a photo opportunity. When I looked over my schedule, I noticed that I lacked any time for myself. Without time to refresh and rejuvinate, I will become burned out and my photos will become uninspired. That is not fair to you, my clients and viewers. When you come to me, you expect a level of professionalism and a style and quality from me that you've seen on these Web pages and elsewhere.
So, I went back through that schedule and cancelled several photo opportunities that were a disservice to me and others. These are photo outings where the organizer overbooked the number of photographers. In these situations, it is impossible to get a quality photograph. We all deserve a chance to take photos that are not rushed. There are some photographers in the group who are unaware of their surroundings and walk right in front of other photographers shots. Professional courtesy gets thown out the window. So, instead of getting frustrated and angry, I said, "no." I've been to enough of these events to know what to expect, and it's rarely good.
Don't get me wrong, there are events that are controlled, well organized, and a pleasant experience. The trick is to weed out the poorly planned events, and only go to the photoshoots that work well with my work ethics. It's a winning situation for everyone. I only go to events that are enjoyable to me and another photographer who doesn't mind being jostled in crowds gets to attend the event in the slot I would have taken.
In the end, I still enjoy photography, I don't get burned out, I'm not overbooked, and you will get the best photos from your session with me.
I am a Warren, MI based photographer.