Stuck for Creative Photography Ideas?

Sometimes it’s hard to get creatively charged to get out and take some pictures.  I know I’ve felt it  – how many more photos can I take around the same environment!  I’ve completely exhausted all the possibilities  – right?  Creative photography ideas just are not jumping out at you right now?  It’s a bit like writer’s block, except its photographer’s block I guess!  Well, I’m here to tell you it doesn’t have to be that way – I’ve found a few ways to over come it!

First of all,  I’ve been participating in (and helping to present) an awesome telecourse with Sheila Finklestein.  You can check out her course info at Through and From the Lens.  Sheila teaches how to see your world through fresh eyes and hence rejuvinating your photography skills.  I’ve certainly found that I’m starting to look at things a little differently.  Check out the faces I found in the trees in our yard.  I’ve been inspired to create a whole series of them.  (these guys have been around forever!)

Man Blowing Smoke

Man Blowing Smoke

I’ve been reminded to look at everything from different angles, close-up and at a distance.  Looking at color, texture and thinking more about light.  In these pictures I was looking for faces in nature.

Fishy Face

Fishy Face

Then this morning I discovered this new site thanks to the ever cool Photojojo –  Noticin.gs (see what they’ve done there?)  It’s a game really, played on Flickr.com.  “Noticings are interesting things that you stumble upon when your out and about”  You post your pics on Flickr and tag them with “noticings” and Geotag them with where they were taken.

You get points for noticing things like noticing the first thing in a neighborhood or noticing the same thing for a week.  Seems like a great way to get into the habit of taking pictures on a regular basis – one of the key ways of improving your photography.

So I’m headed out to get creative and find some noticings before the snow hits Atlanta 😉

Happy snapping!

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katie o.

This is exactly what I needed. Having been stuck inside for so long, I need to starting looking at things differently. Great post Ingrid!

Ingrid Owens

Thanks Kate! It’s been hard to teach photography with all this cold weather – not enticing to go out and shoot. I love the idea of noticin.gs – Anything to get me taking pictures of something other than DD and the Dog!

David

Yes, winter seems to suck us in to the indoors, certainly me anyway originally being from South Africa, now living in the UK. Anyway, great post Ingrid. :0)

Ingrid Owens

Thanks for the comment David. Thankfully Spring has sprung here in Georgia, but man it’s been a long winter!

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