How to get inspiration & Improve your photography

Are you a photographer and you've found yourself in a creative rut, feeling uninspired and need some new inspiration to improve your craft? Here are a few tips that can help you do just that.
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Follow people that create great Imagery

It is important to follow photographers and artist that create great imagery or content. This is very important when starting out. I always challenged myself looking at images and paintings I thought were impossible to create because of how high budget they looked. Inspire you’re self with great work rather than mediocre.
So besides Google and other industry specific sites and blogs, here are four portals to explore commercial and fine art work as well:
Portfolio Sites:

Watch Films & Music videos

We watch this very often but I’m not sure people pay close attention to the directors authorial style. Some directors are notable for their distinct style & incredible attention to detail in each frame. Watching their movies is great training for the eyes. Most music videos and movies always have a good story line one can add to their visual inspiration. The visuals in a music video always have costumes and props that are well put together. As a photographer you can certainly draw inspiration and plan a shoot based of snippets of this well directed visuals.
 

Some directors to look at: Godard, Antonioni, Kubrick, Alan Ferguson, Bergamn or Fassbinder

Study ad campaigns

Study ad campaigns for brands in your industry or photography field

Getting inspired by Art, literature & social issues

Spend hours, days and, generally, as much time as possible in specialized bookstores and museums browsing through magazines and sites which publish articles and images by leading names in the sector.
Last year I did a shoot focused on different skin tones. This shoot went viral and was published on most big blogs and media houses in the industry like Bet, Yahoo Beauty, essence, The Shade Room, Afro Punk and many more.

This shoot directed by Isaac West focused on different skin tones of women. This period is a time in history were people of color need to have their voices heard and that really helped boost the relevance of the shoot on social media.

This shoot directed by Isaac West focused on different skin tones of women. This period is a time in history were people of color need to have their voices heard and that really helped boost the relevance of the shoot on social media.

Work on personal projects

Always finding some time to schedule personal project is very important especially if you work on a lot of commercial brand work there is a tendency that you’re not always in control of the artistic direction of the art your creating. If you continue this routine without finding some time to creating your own personal project it would drastically reduce your creativity. Avoid this by scheduling personal project as often as possible.

Summary

It’s easy to follow same old habits, sticking to one particular style or technique perhaps you need to let go of the fear of trying something new. Breaking out of your comfort zone is hard. Yet if you keep doing the same things, you will keep getting the same images. Eventually, boredom will set in, causing you to put the camera aside. Sometimes it’s a matter of opening your eyes and seeing the world in a different way or changing routine. Once you do that, limitless possibilities will become apparent, and your inspiration will be everywhere.

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