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Old 20-06-2006, 10:47   #1 (permalink)
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How do others know what they are going to Photograph ?

Seem to be stuck in a rut at the moment where I desperately want to take more photo's, but have no idea what to shoot. I end up driing placeslooking for inspiration but to no luck

Must admit the fortnightly theme has inspired me to go out & take some shots. Have some, but have anidea of a better one to take.

So how do others decide what to photograph ? Help a photographer get his fix
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Old 20-06-2006, 10:57   #2 (permalink)
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Re: How do others know what they are going to Photograph ?

Hmmm, photographers block!!!!
When I suffer from this I will go out to a place where I have taken some good shots before and re-shoot, the light will be different, try different angles ,low, high, macro, think black and white and shoot with the express intention of converting to b & w.
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Old 20-06-2006, 11:47   #3 (permalink)
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Re: How do others know what they are going to Photograph ?

I get this all the time... What I sometimes do tho is try to reinterpret others shots from the photosharing section.
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Re: How do others know what they are going to Photograph ?

I think every photographer goes through these phases. for me I sometimes do as Orangepeel has suggested and look at other photos for inspiration or I attempt something that I might not normally take, indoor work, flower photography or anything that is unusual for me...as I don't normally photograph certain subjects it is all fairly new to me so I don't suffer from the 'block' as much. It doesn't always mean I get good shots though, although I usually learn something this way.

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Re: How do others know what they are going to Photograph ?

I just get in the car and drive to the middle of nowhere.
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Re: How do others know what they are going to Photograph ?

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I just get in the car and drive to the middle of nowhere.
That's one way of doing it !!

I find as I drive around I'm always on the lookout for sujbjects / landscapes to photograph, with the aim to return in the future to photograph. Doesn't always work though. Last few times I went to a skate park & found it empty & last 2 attempts at catching this darn steam train have ended up with me looking at an empty track

Saying that I did spot the old gate with lock on the way back from one unsuccessful shoot, so it turned out OK in the end..... I suppose
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Re: How do others know what they are going to Photograph ?

I have 'photographers block' on a regular basis. I bought quite a useful book from a secondhand bookshop called 'The Photographers Project Book' by Jeanne Griffiths for about 1, which has some great ideas and suggestions for... projects It has some good ideas and inspiration in there.
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Old 20-06-2006, 20:24   #8 (permalink)
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Re: How do others know what they are going to Photograph ?

Which ideas/suggestions did you find best out of interest ?
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There are lots of quite interesting projects in there, but the ones I seem to have done the most on is 'pattern in nature' and 'view from a window'. The book gives you time scales to work on, which has been really useful. For example, the view from a window can be done over a year - it's been really interesting recording the changing scenery with the seasons

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A day at the races
Pattern in architecture
Group activities (use your own imagination for this one )
Local Industry
Town and country animals
A craftsman at work
Take one tree
Shadows and silhouettes
Bad weather (we get plenty of it!!)
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Windows and doors
A day in the park
The way it looks today
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Early morning
Communication
Pattern in nature
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Market day
Shapes and symbols
Views from a window
Primary colours
A day in the life
My street
Reflections

Phew.... There you go Mick - should give you plenty to get your teeth into now
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Re: How do others know what they are going to Photograph ?

Often times walking away from my camera for a week or two, will have me craving and full of wacky ideas.
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