After learning photography for a while, you may feel less fun and less motivation to even pick up a camera to shoot… I believe that many friends will also encounter similar problems, of course, the author is no exception, so what is the solution? Can you regain your motivation for photography? Take a look at the methods below!
(1) Watching other people’s wonderful works
Don’t just indulge in your own photos! There are many wonderful works in this world, and while viewing these photos, you will find the composition, color expression, subject content, lighting, etc. used by photographers, so that you can apply them in your own photos. And watching more wonderful works, you will definitely be able to ignite the fighting spirit of “I also want to shoot this effect”, so that you can pick up the camera and set off again!
So where can you see wonderful works? You can go to 500px.com, National Geographic and more to watch the works of masters from all over the world!
(2) Learn the built-in functions of a camera
Today’s digital cameras actually have a lot of built-in functions. You might as well pick up your camera’s manual and take a look at some of the built-in functions that you haven’t used before, and see if there are any special skills you can use!
For example: some of these features that are easy to miss are:
Built-in double exposure: Take interesting photos with double exposures
Bracketing: Easily take a series of photos for HDR composition
Built-in time-lapse photography: Set up time-lapse shooting directly on the camera without a cable release!
Rear-curtain sync flash: Allows you to take stunning evening portraits even with the built-in flash
Exposure Lock (AE-Lock): Easily lock the metering value and recompose the picture
Built-in electronic spirit level: keep your photos from falling apart, and it is more convenient to use high/low angle composition with LiveView
Special photo effects: such as small models, highlighting monochrome, photo effects, etc., make your photos more varied
(3) Ask a friend to borrow a lens that has never been used
If you are a novice, you usually don’t have a lot of lenses. In the world of SLRs, one of the advantages is that you can exchange lenses. Try asking your friends to borrow lenses with different focal lengths and functions (such as 12mm ultra-wide-angle, 300mm long Focus, f/1.2 ultra-large aperture, extremely anamorphic 180º fisheye lens, etc.), take advantage of this feature to take photos, you will find that the original photography world will become different!
(4) Using new equipment
The new equipment can definitely stimulate your freshness. In addition to the camera body, you can also try black cards, different filters such as gradient gray, dimming filters, morning and twilight mirrors, star mirrors, etc., or even buy one. A tripod (if you don’t already have one). With new equipment, you can try different shooting techniques to make your photos more diverse.
(5) Set a theme for the shooting
Shooting aimlessly will not only slow down the progress of your photography skills, but also make you feel “I don’t know what to shoot”, thus reducing the motivation to take pictures. At this time, you might as well set some simple shooting themes for yourself, such as “cloud”, “quiet”, “water”, “light and shadow”, etc., so that you have a goal when shooting, and you can concentrate more on finding the shooting subject. The opportunities for great photos are greatly increased, which increases the satisfaction of photography!