by Valerie Jardin
Every photographer hits a wall at one point or another. Here are a few tips to keep things fresh and new.
1. Try somethingnew, get out of your comfort zone. You’ve been photographing nature for years? Try some street photography!
2. Meet other photographers and go on photo walks. It doesn’t have to be a large group.Get together with two or three other people who share the same passion and experiment with different photography genres. Meet regularly and choose a different theme each time: Street photography oneweek, landscape photography the next! You will learn something new from fellow photographers and getting together will help keep the passion for photography alive.
3. If you own a DSLR, try renting anew lens for a weekend to experiment with something totally different. It can be a fisheye or a macro lens, a special effect lens or a super telephoto. They are big investments and renting for a weekendor a few days is quite affordable and the best way to know if you are ready to make the investment. Try your local camera store or any reputable online rental services such as borrowlenses.com. Checkfor special deals.
4. Write a list of things you’ve never photographed before and make it a point to learn the techniques to achieve those shots. I’ve been doing this for a while and my list stillincludes a lot of interesting things to discover such as panoramic photography or time lapse. I recently discovered macro photography and it opened a whole new world of possibilities in my ownbackyard. I discover something new every time I put the macro lens on my camera! There are many techniques you can learn that don’t require any new equipment and such as light trails, light painting, etc.Just be open to trying new things.
5. Get you hands on a film camera and a roll of film and limit yourself to 36 exposures for a day. You will learn the importance of getting it right in camera. If...