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8 Tips to Get Your Photography Juices Flowing

8 ways to get your photography juices flowing

If you are anything like me you go through highs and lows with your photography. I have come up with 8 tips to out you get out of your lows and to help keep you on your highs!

  • No.
    Participate in Photo Challenges

    I realize not everyone has children or pets to take photos of. Photographing still life can be a challenge! There are MANY photography challenges out there for you to participate in. Here are just a few I thought were creative and useful!

  • No.
    Creativity Exercises

    I recently started a new category on my blog where I will post creativity exercises once a month.  This is a great way to keep those photography juices flowing.

  • No.
    Focus on one skill for a week.

    This can be a skill you are already a master off or one that you want to learn.  Shoot every since day to achieve that one skill.

  • No.
    Ask for Critiques

    Don’t ask your mom or your best friend.  Find someone with a good eye and ask them for a serious critique.  You will learn so much and be challenged by this activity.  

  • No.
    Take Self Portraits.

    This is a hard thing to do but can teach you a lot about photography. Plus you know how I feel about you getting in front of the camera!

    You can check out my most recent self portraits on Instagram at @clickitupanotch each Monday where I joined with Megan Cieloha for our #portraitsofme challenge.

  • No.
    Change your lens.

    Put a new lens on your camera and shoot with it until your photos start to look the same.  Then put on a different lens.  If you only have one lens find  a friend with the same brand of camera and ask if they want to trade lenses for a week.

  • No.
    Look at photographers that inspire you.

    These are just a few of the blogs I look at for inspiration and motivation.

  • No.
    Take a workshop.

    This is probably the BEST way to get out of a rut.  If I am ever stuck and take a workshop, I am quickly snapped out of it. Click here to learn more about Ultimate Intro to Photography.

  • July 11, 2011 at 8:53 AM

    Great ideas. I can’t believe you didn’t put my blog as your inspiriation…ha ha! :)

  • July 11, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    These are great tips – thanks Courtney!

  • July 11, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    awesome ideas! i need to try a few of these considering i’ve been in a huge photography rut for almost a month :( it’s depressing haha

  • July 11, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    great tips! thanks for sharing :-D i will check out a few of the photogs you mentioned that i don’t know.


  • July 11, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Fantastic post Courtney! Some great information and inspiration. Sometimes just a change of scenery or equipment can be inspiring. I believed I didn’t like the kit lens (50-200) that came with my camera, but this past week I’ve used it a few times and have a new appreciation for it.

    • July 11, 2011 at 3:34 PM

      So very true!!

      • July 11, 2011 at 7:34 PM

        I obviously don’t use it often as today when I had it on I realised it’s actually 55-250mm

  • July 11, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    Awesome tips! I wish I could afford a workshop.

  • July 11, 2011 at 8:34 PM

    Very true!! When I am really feeling blah I can look at Ashley’s Scavenger Hunt items and get inspired. It gives me something to look for and focus on.

    Thanks for posting the tips. They are excellent

  • Emily
    July 11, 2011 at 9:29 PM

    Thanks for the tips. I have so much to learn still that many people inspire me! One of my favorites that I found a few months ago was Paint the Moon Photography. I’m always amazed.

  • Brittany
    July 11, 2011 at 10:50 PM

    I love this post! I need some help getting jump-started. Thanks, Courtney!

    • July 11, 2011 at 11:32 PM

      My pleasure!! Can’t wait to see some of your photos!

  • July 12, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Great ideas!

  • July 12, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    This is so what I needed to hear! Feel like I hit a wall this week! Partly this is due to having so much else to do, but also my kids don’t want to be in anymore photos! I’m trying to find moments that just aren’t there right now. Also, I just shot a bunch of garbage today at our aquarium. Too many people, too many lighting and noise issues. Argh! I feel like I need to take a deep breath, a few days off and then push forward again.

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