5 Ways to Get Your Photography Motivation Back Again

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!

Unraveling the Mystery of ISO – Tips for Setting ISO in Different Situations

In the world of photography, the “exposure triangle” of aperture, shutter, and ISO is the main element that constitutes a photo. As long as you understand the combination of these three things, you can basically take photos with no blur and correct exposure. But many newbies don’t know when to use the value of ISO. This article is to solve the mystery of ISO! Take a look and learn together!


What is ISO?
ISO can be called “light sensitivity”. In the old film, the ISO value is fixed, that is, if you use a film of ISO400, you must complete the whole cylinder of film before you can replace it, but in the digital age, ISO can be changed at will to match the ambient light when shooting, which is very convenient, so we should make good use of the benefits of this technology to help us take beautiful photos!

As soon as you enter the room, even if the human eye feels that the brightness is sufficient, there is a high chance that you must use ISO800, ISO1600, etc. to shoot handheld.

Shooting moving objects (such as racing cars, children, pets, etc.), even outdoors, a higher ISO can increase the shutter speed and help take clear photos.

Low ISO helps to reduce light absorption. With ND filter, you can use slow shutter speed to shoot flowing water in broad daylight.

The signal noise will be obvious only in the dark position of the photo, but not very visible in the light position. Therefore, the signal noise will be less affected when using high ISO in the daytime.

Auto ISO setting
If your camera has the “Auto ISO” function, you can turn it on when you are shooting by hand, so that the camera will automatically increase the ISO to a suitable position according to the current light, aperture and shutter speed. Some cameras will automatically detect the used camera. The focal length is used to set the ISO, so that the shutter can meet the requirements of “safe shutter”, which is very convenient!

“Auto ISO” usually has two settings, one is “highest ISO” and the other is “lowest shutter”. The former is used to limit how much the camera can raise the ISO. Usually, I will set it to the next highest ISO available to the camera. For example, if the maximum ISO is 6400, it will be set to 3200 (the second highest). The automatic boost should be set according to the actual needs and the focal length used, so as to meet the “safety shutter”.

What if the lens/body has anti-shake function?
If the lens/body has an anti-shock function, you can set the ISO to a lower value when holding the camera, so that the shutter can be slow, and the photos taken with the anti-shake function will be clear and reduce noise.