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  • Writer's pictureIan Miller

Momentum in your Photography

Photography is a wonderful hobby that can bring you joy and satisfaction. But sometimes, you may feel like you're stuck in a rut, or you don't have enough inspiration to keep shooting. How can you overcome these challenges and maintain your passion for capturing beautiful images? Here are some tips to help you keep your momentum going when taking photographs.

- Set yourself a goal or a project. Having a clear direction or purpose for your photography can motivate you to explore new subjects, techniques, or styles. For example, you could try to take one photo a day for a year or focus on a specific theme or genre, such as portraits, landscapes, or street photography.

- Learn something new. One of the best ways to improve your skills and spark your creativity is to learn something new. You could take an online course, read a book, watch a tutorial, or join a workshop. You could also challenge yourself to use a different camera, lens, or editing software than you're used to.

- Seek feedback and inspiration. Another way to keep your momentum going is to seek feedback and inspiration from other photographers. You could join an online community, such as Flickr, Instagram, or Reddit, where you can share your work, get constructive criticism, and see what others are doing. You could also follow your favourite photographers on social media, or browse through magazines, blogs, or galleries.

- Have fun and experiment. Finally, don't forget to have fun and experiment with your photography. Try not to take yourself too seriously, or worry too much about the rules or the results. Instead, enjoy the process of taking photos, and try new things that interest you. You never know what you might discover or create!

Sometimes, it can also become too easy or boring, especially if you always take the same kind of photos or use the same settings. That's why it's important to challenge yourself as a photographer, to explore new possibilities and push your boundaries. Here are some ways to make photography a challenge and have fun at the same time:

- Try a different genre or style of photography. If you usually take portraits, why not try landscapes or macros? If you prefer black and white, experiment with colour or vice versa. You might discover a new passion or skill that you didn't know you had.

- Use a different camera or lens. If you have access to different equipment, try using something that you're not familiar with or comfortable with. For example, use a film camera instead of a digital one, or a wide-angle lens instead of a telephoto. You'll have to adapt to the limitations and advantages of each device and learn how to make the most of them.

- Set yourself a theme or a project. Having a specific goal or idea in mind can help you focus your creativity and motivation. For example, you can choose a word, a colour, a shape or an emotion and try to capture it in your photos. Or you can create a series of photos that tell a story or document a place or an event.

- Challenge yourself with constraints. Sometimes, having too many options can be overwhelming or distracting. Try limiting yourself to one camera, one lens, one aperture, one shutter speed, one ISO or one location and see what you can do with them. You'll have to think outside the box and find new ways to express yourself.

- Join a photo challenge or a contest. There are many online platforms and communities where you can find photo challenges or contests that can inspire you and challenge you. You can also join with other photographers and share your work and feedback. You'll get exposure, recognition and maybe even prizes for your photos.

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