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  1. jocose

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    So what do people on the Forum to motivate you and inspire you to get out there and take pics when you just aren't motivated or inspired?
     
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    It depends what you mean.

    If I'm not motivated to shoot then I don't want to so I won't. I'll listen to music, play my sax, go shopping, go drinking, or one of the many other things that combine to give me a balance in life.

    However, if I want to shoot but just can't think of any interesting subjects then I need to change my perspective. Simple things are often effective.

    If you have a rout that you walk regularly, try going the other way round and start from where you would normally end up. Simple but you get a completely different perspective.

    Take part in the comp's or assignments; Or even make up your own assignments like 'take a picture that could represent or share the title of a beatles song/album'. See how long it takes you to do the complete works. ;)
     
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    Often times I will be somewhere and the situation is the inspiration. I may not even be there to take pictures. Other times I may go somewhere with something specific in mind and change my whole focus after I am there. I try to always have my camera with me, because you never know....
     
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    I really meant the latter...but balance of life is a wee problem this week :)

    You idea about giving myself assignments has worked for me in the past, and it's a great idea...I guess I never really thought of it as a motivating technique until you mentioned it as such. I did that a little while back, and the topic was "things I see every day, but wouldn't normally think to take a picture of. If you are interested in the success of that endeavor, I point you to the following URLs:

    http://photoblog.servatus.com/index.php?showimage=63
    http://photoblog.servatus.com/index.php?showimage=62
    http://photoblog.servatus.com/index.php?showimage=61
    http://photoblog.servatus.com/index.php?showimage=59
    http://photoblog.servatus.com/index.php?showimage=58

    I think I'm just in a funk, and am hoping that taking some pics will help, but I'm not motivated to take any pics...also it's been raining all weekend and it's still disgusting outside...that never helps a funk.

    Speaking of rain... Kevin, you mentioned always having your camera with you. I wanted to bring mine with me to work the other day (just to have it with me), but it was raining so bad, I was afraid to take it out of my apartment. I've had a chat with eydryan, and he has assured me that as long as I stay under my umbrella, I'm pretty safe. I guess I'm still a little too skittish as my camera is relatively new and expensive (except I'm now looking at the Canon 20D...I think I will be afraid to touch it if I really get it :lol: )
     
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    I visit art museums and galleries, coffee and book shops where art/photographs are hanging, etc... I've always found looking at real prints (as opposed to reproductions in books and on the internet) to be educational and inspirational.

    When the inspiration/motivation is really lacking it's time to do the more mundane stuff: clean the darkroom, reorganize/clean the camera bags, film testing, etc... I almost always have a backlog of BW film to develop and print, and I'm starting to get a backlog of RAW files to process. Sometimes I forgot what I was shot, and rediscovering it is inspiring and motivational.
     
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    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    Sounds like you need a camera for shooting in the rain. I love the way the world looks in the rain. Pick up a cheap, old, mechanical, film SLR for bad weather shooting.
     
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    I spend a lot of time looking at everyone's pics, either on the Forum or on their photoblogs (which raises a separate question of the "copying" idea--that is, I see your pic and go out and try to do the same thing--but I guess it's an hommage and flattering, right?).

    I really have very little excuse about the museums as I live in DC and work about 3 blocks from the Smithsonian Institution :)

    Maybe I'll head over there on my lunch break (if it's not raining, of course).
     
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    That's actually a great idea. I am seriously thinking about upgrading from my PowerShot S2 (know anyone interested in buying?) and getting the 20D. If I bought a cheap Rebel, I could still use the same lenses, right?

    The only problem is that film scares me. I am still a newbie, and I like the digital medium since I can see it right away instead of having to spend money to get it developed.

    But, there are a bunch of pawn shops near my apartment (yea, I live on the nice side of town--the pawn shops are right next to the check cashing joints), so maybe I should check them out this weekend.

    Thanks, everyone, for good ideas and suggestions...have I mentioned how awesome this Forum is??
     
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    I know what you are talking about. Museums and galleries are a good answer. When I am lacking inspiration I head for anything except for photography. I check out sculptures, textiles, paintings, whatever. The idea for me is to understand texture and 3d elements.
     
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    i'm influenced by a lot of stuff, example images or not...

    ie: recently i was fascinated by the idea of symmetry in images (from reading a book on symmetry in nature/science and math)

    other times i'm inspired by seeing good photo moments in my head after viewing something with potential, or seeing a good moment by itself, my knowledge of photographic technique kind of applies itself to that, and i get an image in my head which, because i wasn't able to capture it, pushes me to go out for other opportunities
     
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    Thanks, Hertz.

    That thread was a little different than my problem, but still helped :)

    Thanks for looking out for all of us :thumbup:
     

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