One of the things I learnt early on in my teaching career was creating an atmosphere of inspiration and success. The old adage that says ‘nothing creates success like success’ is incredibly true when learning photography. Small amounts of success or at the very least, perceived success, are great motivators.
The point and shoot generation creates a problem when attempting to shoot great images. If you are one of these you are already at a disadvantage when trying to take a great photo. Finding the nearest viewpoint and pushing the shutter button will hardly ever result in a great image.
I like to think of myself as an avid photographer, but there are times when the creativity wanes and the inspiration dries up. The trigger finger stiffens from lack of use and generally I start to suffer from photographer’s malaise. This is when auto-pilot needs to kick in and get me up and running again. How do I switch on the auto pilot? With the 365 Photo Challenge–a photo a day for a whole year.
All of us have made and failed at new year resolutions and it seems like we are doomed to regular failure. How do we get past these resolutions to the point of making a success of our photography plans? I have found that by doing a few simple steps you will keep on track and help get somewhere on your journey to great images.
Photography should always be fun and if yours isn’t then you have a problem. It’s no longer a hobby or a pastime and the question I would ask is, “Why are you doing it?”. What’s the purpose of investing time and money in something if you aren’t getting anything out of it.
I have found that the hardest part of photography is finding inspiration for a new photo. I suppose it’s the equivalent of writers block. You just need something to get you going, to inspire and motivate you to greater photographic heights. Here are some sources of inspiration that will get you shooting.