5 Ways to Get Out of a Photographic Rut

 

Natasha Desai hopes to rekindle that lost spark between you and photography.

This article was originally published in May 2014.

Photograph/Natasha Desai

Photograph/Natasha Desai

It can happen to anyone, that feeling of being stuck can creep in when you’re least expecting it. Maybe all your photographs start looking the same. Or maybe you just don’t feel as inspired as you used to. Well, if you have hit this block then it’s time to shake things around and doing a few simple things may just be the answer.

Go Back In Time

Go back and view photographs from when you were the most inspired. See how you used to shoot and how your journey has progressed over time. Taking a step back and seeing your work from some distance may give clarity on what direction you need to take here on.

Take A Trip

Photograph/Natasha Desai

Photograph/Natasha Desai

Get out of town and go somewhere to just recharge and refresh. Press the reboot button. Experiencing a new place, culture, food etc., opens up the mind. And it need not be somewhere extravagant. You can visit relatives in another town, or even places that aren’t too far from the city. Sometimes getting away is all the mind needs to get the creative juices flowing again.

Change Your Routine

Photograph/Supriya Joshi

Photograph/Supriya Joshi

If taking a trip is not an option then change your routine. Even small changes like waking up at a different time, experimenting with different food to start your day will help. Also, if you don’t already then begin exercising. Stimulating your body will help refresh the mind.

Try a Different Genre, Use a Different Medium

Photograph/Aditya Nair

Photograph/Aditya Nair

Do you only shoot landscapes?  Try portraiture for a while. Changing what you’re used to shooting will force your mind to think from a different perspective. Even changing your gear will help, like using a prime lens instead of a zoom will force you to walk closer or farther away from your subject. You could even put down the camera and shoot only with your cellphone. The idea is to put yourself up to a new challenge. You may just surprise yourself.

 Everything But Photography

Photograph/Conchita Fernandes

Photograph/Conchita Fernandes

Read different books, join a hobby class, watch movies. Do anything and everything except pick up your camera. Disconnect from thinking visually all the time. You never know what activity will inspire your photography over time.

To help Inspire: read 10 Quotes to Get You Out of Your Photographic Rut here and 10 Fascinating Quotes on Love and Photography here.

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