Photographic creativity can sometimes be elusive, you can have it one moment and then the next it will be gone. We can also become complacent with our photographic style and after months of photographing start to realize that everything looks the same or has the same feeling.
This is called the complacency theory and it works something like this: you come across a new technique and you like it and it’s very exciting so you keep photographing using it for a few months. As you start to look at your photographs they start to look stale, the same and uncreative. This also leads to self-doubt,” am I a good photographer” or “is this all I can do?”
Here are 20 techniques that may help you get back your creativity, if nothing else they’ll make you look at your photographs in a different way.
- Shoot with the lens you use the least.
- Shoot from an unusual angle, up high or from down low.
- Shoot while laying on the ground.
- Use the self-timer.
- Try using a flash.
- Try using only available light.
- Use a Tripod.
- Don’t use a Tripod
- Shoot from a car window. (Let someone else drive)
- Go out with only one lens
- Try Shooting at night.
- Give yourself a 2 hour assignment.
- Go someplace you have not seen
- Try shooting at night.
- Shoot a still life.
- Ask a stranger if you can you take their portrait.
- Try using a slow shutter speed and panning.
- Shoot a panoramic series.
- Take a photo you have seen and recreate it with your own take.
- Try combining any number of these ideas to make one photo.
Now go out and be creative.