Creativity Block

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  1. LarissaPhotography

    LarissaPhotography TPF Noob!

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    What are some practical ways you guys usually bring back the creativity when you feel like you can't think of anything to do except the same exact pose / design / layout that you've done a hundred times before?
     
  2. JerryPH

    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    - Visit flickr... tens of thousands of pictures there.

    - Visit a museum and look at old oil paintings

    - Visit the websites of other professional photographers in my field of interest

    - Visit the websites of other professional photographers outisde my field of interest

    - Take a break from it all and come back later once doing something else for a while
     
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    Go on a vacation (local or far)! Always forces me to dust off my camera when I'm in need of a muse!
     
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    I don't shoot the same exact pose/layouts.. I just walk around the streets and shoot whatever I think is interesting at the time, so I guess that keeps me from getting bored.
     
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    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I think Jerry listed most of the options - the only one i would add is to get a new lens with a different appliaction ot what you currently have. Maybe get a macro lens and play with macro; or a dedicated widerangle lens for some landscapes (or interesting closeups); maybe a set of teleconverters or a decent macro filter?

    try new and different things - or go somewhere new.
     
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    Is there an elephant in the room here? Let's bust it out. Smoke a joint.
     
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    Joves No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Maybe go out and shoot something you normally dont.
     
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    The best thing i can say is chill out! Theres no rush to do anything amazing. think about your shots and how you could change them, try different angles you've never thought of before. And do stuff you just havent thought of as a photographer. Think about how many things there are in this world. theres never ever nothing to shoot.
     
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    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Yeah, but my girlfriend would shoot me if I started taking pics of naked women in public places?

    Ok, after much thought, it would hurt, but I could be inspired! :lol:
     
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    Sounds like you need a new girlfriend... :lmao:

    I go to the Art museum, or Flickr
     
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    make a big mess in your kitchen and start snapping away...

    go to a crazy house party, and bring accsesive amounts a alcohol and once everyones passed out..start snapping away..

    go to like starbucks and drink a wicked amout of coffee and red bull, once your body starts to crash your mind will kick into depression mode and once you feel in ****...start snapping away

    one of those should work lol
     
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    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    That's one of my favorites.

    Last night I attended a lecture given by an art museum photography curator. It was "The Aura of Object: the value of art in the age of mechanical reproduction". It stoked my fires.
     

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