Begineer can't find the inspiration to go out and shoot, need help finding my "thing"

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  1. K20aCTR

    K20aCTR TPF Noob!

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    I have had my Nikon D50 for some time now and took a Photo 1 class at a local community college so I have a basic understanding of how a camera operates and so on. I have recently been trying to find things to occupy my down time over the summer break and I would love to get back into shooting my Nikon but I always run into a roadblock when I try to think of WHAT to go shoot. I have on two occasions just driven around aimlessly and returned home with little to show for. My question to you guys would be, when you set out for a shoot, do you have a goal in mind or do you just head out without direction like I have in the past? I feel like I need to find a "thing"/niche of some sorts that can help me get the creative juices flowing but I have been failing to come up with anything. Any input from some of you more experienced photographers would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    inov8ter TPF Noob!

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    Go to a forest preserve. Take a walk. Go into your town during the day walk around a shoot. Do that same thing at night. Go to the zoo, museums so on. Go out in your backyard. Just a few ideas. Shoot friends, friends kids playing in the yard or at there local park. Take pictures of your pets.
     
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    Arch Damn You! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    This is a problem many people face at times.

    Here's something you could try, an old teacher once told me.

    -Lock yourself in your bathroom.
    -You can take as many pictures as you want, look for patterns and shapes if you can't find any obvious shots.
    - you need to end up with at least 5 good images, all from within the confines of your bathroom.

    Now go out to the park, or for a drive... how many photo options do you now have?..... many! ;)


    The reason behind this technique is to help change the way you see things.
     
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    I am fairly new myself to photography, but have suffered the same as yourself.
    Recently, I will set goals, or personal challenges. I might pick a theme for a Saturday morning and go out and find that. It might be Architecture. It might be a color. Other times I will just grab my camera, and head out for a walk on an early morning, and see how the early morning light rests on flowers, or other objects.
     
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    -Lock yourself in your bathroom. Turn on all the lights.
    -Look for 'your thing'. Once you have found it, exit the bathroom.
    -Procure camera, return to bathroom,and using bathroom mirror and medium telephoto lens setting, snap a few photos to remind you as to where your thing is located. Use macro lens if needed, and use flash if necessary.
    -Flip off all lights, leave bathroom, promptly head outside to take photos of more interesting subject matter.

    (Sorry Arch, I couldn't resist building a post based upon your old instructor's solid fundamentals; my post was based upon a lousy adult education photography instructor and part-time,thrice-divorced motivational speaker named Matt Foley, who lived in a van, down by the river. [No, not really!] )

    In an effort to add something of real value: there are many fine photo how-to books at your local library. I would suggest spending an hour there, looking through books. Jot down seven ideas for photos based upon book samples, and then try and re-create or BETTER those types of shots, one per day, for one week. You might be surprised to try shooting silhouettes in the PM, sunrise shots in the AM, backlight in the afternoon, etc,etc.
     
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    LOL
     
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    Try not to become more inspired; But try to become inspired by more.

    I think you are looking at things two dimensionally. Try looking at things four dimensionally (and beyond) and give a go with what Arch and Warren said.
     
  8. AgentDrex

    AgentDrex No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    This is an easy fix. Do NOT go anywhere WITHOUT your camera!!! If you are in the bathroom...bring your camera...okay...well...maybe that's a little extreme...but toilet shots are kinda cool too. Oh and don't forget to use your camera EVERYWHERE you go...I bought my Canon A3000IS May 14, 2010 and the camera states there have been 6,858 photos taken so far for an average of 145 photos a day...I'm a beginner so I'm trying to focus on nothing but photography...
    so just use the camera...you'll find your "thing"...
     
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    gsgary Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Leave the car at home and walk without your camera and you will see loads to shoot because you are not under pressure, do this a few times and then go out with your camera you will find lots to shoot, or you could walk to town and do some street photography
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Why did you take the photography class?

    Are you studying Art?
     
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    I get ideas from looking at art, including paintings. Just do a Google Image search on some great artist from the past. And don't limit yourself to European art.
     
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    Ron Evers Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I suggest you learn to see. Folks go about their daily activities & do not really see what is all about them. For example, you walk across the lawn & see a mushroom growing & give it a kick. Next time stop & look more closely, you may see ants going up & down the trunk of the mushroom.

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    Or you walk by a bush covered in berries & if you look closely you will find numerous combinations of berries & leaves that offer a photo opportunity.

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    Photo ops are all around you if you look & see.
     

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