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How to Find Interesting Photo Subjects When There Are None

I am certain every photographer (and artist) goes through stages of drought when it comes to finding new inspirational moments or events to capture. It’s certainly not an easy undertaking to constantly produce artistic work; and if you have limited funds, limited chances to travel to interesting places, and few essential tools for your craft, then the journey becomes even more frustrating and the photographer may become disillusioned.

Here on RB, and elsewhere, I have been asked on several occasions how and where to find inspiration for creating new and interesting picture moments. And, I have answered them.

Well, now to follow up, I can add….additional ways which I keep my creative juices flowing (for my art and photo work) all the time is through museum and gallery visits, endless curiosity into poetry reading and writing, studying literature, photography, writing books (I have completed 6 already [unpublished], and working on several others), computer graphics, painting, drawing and doodling, sculpture, wood carving, architecture, music, theatre, movies, interior design, garden design, and just getting away to the forest, or trekking on foot all over the city attuning my vision and senses to constant changes of folks and things that make them tick. Always try and see the world from a new point of view.

Starting now, you can:
- Explore your kitchen cabinets, cupboards and pantry (great for Still-life photo work)
- Attic storage ….(great for Still-life photo work)
- Garage storage ….(great for Still-life photo work)
- Basement storage ….(great for Still-life photo work)
- Your backyard and garden
- Your neighbour’s backyard and garden
- Public gardens (especially botanical gardens)
- Store window displays
- Garage sales for interesting old items …(great for Still-life and tabletop photo work)
- Flee markets and Farmers markets …(great for Still-life and tabletop photo work)
- City and county fairs
- Free live outdoors concerts
- Antique shops for rustic old items …(great for Still-life and tabletop photo work)
- Old second-hand book stores …(great for Still-life and tabletop photo work)
- Old houses in an historic neighbourhoods

And so, all that being said, here is a perfect and wonderful link which goes with my post title, that should provide renewed inspiration all year-long for all every-day photographers who adore using their camera in their daily lives.
http://www.lightstalking.com/the-art-of-the-loc...

And, if that one wasn’t enough, here are some more inspirational links:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2012/jan/02/t...
http://www.diyphotography.net/25-ways-to-jump-s...
http://www.thephotoargus.com/inspiration/35-sup...
http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2011/04/17/16080/
http://photo.tutsplus.com/articles/inspiration/...
http://pinterest.com/shipnest/photography-ideas...
http://www.instantshift.com/2010/08/24/88-brill...
http://www.thedphoto.com/inspiration-fix/photog...
http://www.productionparadise.com/spotlight/sti...

And, some help in becoming a better photographer here:
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/10-blogs-amazing-p...

Remember:
“You must see from a new point of view, one that is not programmed by what you anticipate to see. See with your sight and neglect your own objectives.”

and…
“art is not what you see, but what you make others see” —Degas

Comments

  • linaji
    linajiover 2 years ago

    thank you… this is something that inspires me to even look around right now and find the quirk, the glorious right here and now. You are such a total wonder!

  • so very happy to help in any ways Linaji…
    unfortunately alot of artists and photographers already gave up, here on RB and elsewhere, because of lack of support, someone to inspire them. I have learned much in this life thus far (I am terribly curious at almost everything!), and I always try and give back as needed. You own output Linaji, is tremendous and I admire how you always pick yourself up and keep going, never complaining nor loosing faith in your abilities. Keep optimistically exploring my friend.

    – Solomon Walker

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandover 2 years ago

    Thank you Solomon…very inspiring and thanks also for the links. You are 100% correct…always try and see things from a different perspective…ask yourself questions about what you are looking at. And above all…experiment. What is the worst thank can happen in this digital age we walk and explore in?

  • good day DG, thanks alot for stopping by and leaving a comment…happy to assist my friend.

    Well, something that surprises me alot in viewing many portfolios by beginning photographers is the lack of persistence in capturing a scene or subject under a variety of lighting to convey moods. One needs to re-visit the same scene or subject dozens of times, through various weather conditions, time of day, varied lighting, etc., in order to extract the hidden essence. Also, get away from the frontal normal-view and try other angles, perspective and composition. The shooter needs to be adventurous and explore the subject, even a small part of the subject. If one doesn’t like what they have captured, then, delete and continue to explore with questions and more shots!

    – Solomon Walker

  • JUSTART
    JUSTARTover 2 years ago

    great, thanks for sharing !

  • JA, thanks kindly for reading and leaving a feedback, appreciated my friend

    – Solomon Walker

  • Richard G Witham
    Richard G Withamover 2 years ago

    Wonderful! Thanks for putting this together Solomon :-)

  • Richard, thanks for reading and adding a feedback, glad you enjoyed it, appreciate your thoughts

    – Solomon Walker

  • Bluesrose
    Bluesroseover 2 years ago

    I especially loved one tip that I find – shoot yourself :)

    Thank you, Solomon, for sharing these great links!!!

  • BR, thanks kindly my friend for stopping by and reading and leaving a feedback, glad it is of aid to you

    – Solomon Walker

  • rjcolby
    rjcolbyover 2 years ago

    It is curious how we seem to have to got to a different town to see neat stuff, with they come here for the same reason… Maybe it is not the town but us, ourselves that need to change perspective, and to lose the expectations. Go out with a new eye.

    Great links and excellent ideas to post. Good of you to do this. Thanks a bunch.
    Dick

  • indeed RJ, it seem many have that “grass is always greener on the other side” mentality even while they are out shooting pictures. Sometime the ones who provides photo tips and instructions to students really should spend more time urging them to find photo possibilities in their private surrounds, or at lease their neighbourhoods. Seeing creatively is certainly an ability which needs to be mentored through many years.

    thanks alot RJ, much appreciate your feedback on this

    – Solomon Walker

  • KBritt
    KBrittover 2 years ago

    Great resources!! Thank you so much for posting!!!

  • KBrit, you are most welcome, and glad you enjoyed reading. Much appreciate your feedback on it

    – Solomon Walker

  • reflector
    reflectorover 2 years ago

    A great Journal that speaks about what I have often thought about regarding photo sessions in my own city for the last few years. I’ve often felt that it’s all been captured and I can’t think of anything else worth photographing around here. But of course, that’s not true! Tens of thousands of people here are taking photos and hundreds of them are being extremely creative, often with the simplest of scenes and subjects – producing incredible images. So we need to examine our attitude to photography and image creation and decide if that thinking needs an overhaul.

    You invest a huge amount of effort in creative pursuits – much more than me, now.

    Thanks for all the links and the research, Solomon!

  • hi James, thanks for reading…

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    I really thought this would be something to hi-lite here, since thousands of photo makers, especially beginners, who spend alot of time working with their camera on a daily basis, are always on the look-out for new image possibilities to present to their RB audience. Unfortunately, as humans we become discouraged sometimes as we go about building a career, creating art or making photos, that we like, and that others may like as well. Finding new sources of inspiration can definitely lead to discouragement, especially if you live in a small city or town, and you concluded that you have already explored all there is to capture with your camera. Of course this is not true!

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    Many pro photographers shoot the same scene over and over, under different lighting and weather conditions, simply because, a subject or scene is never the same on a daily basis They always try to capture from different angles! Most beginning photographers shoot from the same angles, and they shoot the scene or subject in the middle of the day when the light from the sun is brightest, and unfortunately, the harshest. Shadows are in the extreme, and tonal ranges are shorter. Almost every seasoned pro photographer will tell you that the best time, and their favourite time, to shoot images is early mornings, overcast days and evenings.

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    As well, in shooting Macro photos, alot of beginners do close-ups — NOT Macro! You don’t have to have a Macro lens to shoot great Macro images, just get an old binocular lens or cheap magnifying glass (or two) and place over your lens, and you are there super close-up!

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    Also, how many beginners use a Flash Light instead of an on-camera flash in lighting scenes or subjects? Many pros always carry a small Flash Light in their bag to add a bit of extra lighting on subjects, especially flowers and plants. Also, carry a small blank white cardboard to reflect light back on the subject, especially if contrast/shadow is harsh.

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    Owing a camera is just the beginning, the real effort and excitement is learning to use it, to capture unforgettable moments that inspires you and also inspires others.

    – Solomon Walker

  • goddarb
    goddarbover 2 years ago

    Hi, I am glad I looked into your journal entries. This is great and the variety of thought-provoking ideas is wonderful. Everyone feels washed out some times.

  • hi Goddarb,
    thanks for your visit and read. Glad you found some bits of ideas which you like in this posting too. Yes, we all get to that point when we seem to hit pause or stall, and inspiration for putting together the next series of images just doesn’t have that punch as it did before. So then, it’s time to step back and to re-fuel. It’s always good to get out and explore, to visit local galleries, to try something different and new.

    – Solomon Walker