There are times when most, if not all of us suffer the dreaded loss of enthusiasm for photography. It is usually down to over doing things photographically speaking but can be caused by lots of other reasons.
In this post I am going to suggest 5 easy tips to help regain your enthusiasm for photography.
1. Read a good book.
I generally read one of my books by Joe Cornish as I find his words and images to be inspirational. I know I will never be as good as Joe or some of the other, top photographers but I can aim to improve. I'm not suggesting this will work for everyone, nor am I saying that his books are the only books. Far from it in fact as there are some brilliant semi professional photographers whose work is just as inspiring. All I am suggesting is find a book that you enjoy and really "look" at how the images are composed.
2. Have a look at some of the short videos on YouTube.
This is normally my first port of call if I am feeling a bit negative about my photography. Type in a search word or phrase or an artists name and watch some of the videos. It never ceases to surprise me as to how many contributors there are on YouTube. I normally use it as a replacement search engine as the information available is huge. Equally large are the amount of very good videos posted by very talented photographers.
3. Try something different.
If you are like me then you are usually laden down by kit! It really does make a refreshing change to wander around with a camera and prime lens and nothing else. It certainly makes one think about composition and lighting more than normal. I find it to be quite a challenge and it is also very enjoyable. I generally stick to this form of photography for a couple of outings before returning to my usual habits. You can also try using only a compact camera or even a phone camera if you have one.
4. Set yourself a task.
Try taking pictures of things of the same colour or texture. You can also try taking pictures alphabetically, starting out with objects beginning with the letter A and so on. There is also the popular "Image a Day" but I would avoid this as it puts pressure on you to take images when you probably don't want to. Sometimes setting the task is enough to re enthuse yourself because you really do have to think creatively when you get to the letter Q!!
5. Give your equipment a really good clean.
This is my final suggestion but still a serious one. If nothing else you can sell clean kit!!! I'm only joking by the way! When I clean my kit I will be as thorough as possible. Not only do I give the cameras' and lenses a clean but I also clean my filters etc. It is surprising just how many finger marks I leave on my Cokin filters and they probably get overlooked far too often. I will also check and charge ALL my batteries and even clean lens dust caps!
This list is in no way exhaustive, you have probably got better ideas'. What I have listed has, at one time or another, worked for me. There will also be those of you who simply cannot put any of these ideas' into practise due to photography being your career. My hope is that I have sparked your imagination to think of something simple you can try.
Whatever you decide just remember that you are not alone if you are currently struggling with your "Mojo".
That's it for now. As always please stay safe.