15 photography ideas and tips to inspire you

Have you ever felt demotivated or uninspired when it comes to photography? If so, don’t worry it happens to all of us from time to time and to help you out we have prepared a list of ideas and tips so that this 2018 you’ll be more motivated and inspired than ever!

1. Accept that you won’t always take good pictures: this will take off a lot of pressure and you’ll be able to enjoy yourself much more when out shooting. Plus, if Annie Lebovitz only likes 5 of her own photos per year, it’s ok if your photos aren’t great on some days.

Inspiration: alexx webb suffering of light

2. Buy yourself a photography book every month for 12 months. We always say that learning from the masters is fundamental, not only to get inspired by also to become a better photographer and to help you discover your own style. There are so many to choose from but here are our top picks:

3. Document something that is personal and close to your heart during the entire year (friends, family, a specific place) and at the end of the year make your own photo book (this can be the photography book you buy in December).

© Jorge Delgado-Ureña

Inspiracion, fotografiar a la familia

4. Only use one camera and one lens for a whole month (or year if you are up for the challenge).

5. For a whole day put yourself in the shoes of you when you were a kid and photograph the things that would have caught your attention back then. Adopt that vision of childhood innocence and above all, have fun!

6. Give yourself monthly assignments or sign up to our meetup group in New York, Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, Cologne, Bristol or London and participate in the assignments that we’ll be giving out throughout the year.

7. Take time to go over all your photos from last year or the past few years and enjoy seeing how much you have evolved, plus, we’re sure you’ll find little jewels that you might have overlooked in the past.

8. Plan a photography trip. Travel always inspires and on top of that, it has been scientifically proven that it makes us happier. Check out our upcoming photography workshops.

© Jorge Delgado-Ureña

Inspiracion, viaje fotografico

9. If you usually shoot in colour, try taking photos in black and white for a month and vice-versa.

10. Buy some comfortable shoes (we discovered the Nike Free’s this year and boy have they made a difference!) and walk everywhere. Notice the light when you are walking and jot down the places and times when there is good light so that you can go back another day and shoot without being in a rush.

11. Put yourself in the shoes of a legend. When travel is not an option, reading is a great way for the mind to travel. Our personal favourite book for this kind of travel is “Slightly out of Focus” by Robert Capa.

12. Watch documentaries and movies about photography. Here are our top 5: Finding Vivian Maier, Annie Lebovitz: Life through a lensThe many lives of William KleinWar photographer about photographer James Nachtway (Warining, this documentary is a little intense so choose the right moment to watch it) and Everybody street (in the links you’ll find the trailers of each one) and in terms of movies: The Bang Bang Club, The Bridges of Madison County, City of God, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

13. Print your photos. In this digital era we are so used to seeing our images on screens, and sometimes very small ones at that! Printing your best photos will not only give you great satisfaction, but it will also allow you to analyse them better, learn from them and have a physical souvenir of a moment in time.

14. Exhibit your work. There is no better feeling than to see your photographs printed and framed. It doesn’t matter if the exhibition is in the guest room, in a friend’ bar, at your local cafe or in a galley. Create a body of work of 5-9 photos and exhibit them wherever you can.

© Christelle Enquist

Taller callejera

15. Push your limits: If you’re afraid of photographing strangers in the street, challenge yourself to taking photos of people at less than a meter away for a month. If you usually shoot in automatic settings, try shooting in manual and discover the benefits of using hyperfocals. You usually shoot in the mornings? How about trying to master the blue hour. Are you more of  minimalist when it comes to photography? Experiment with layers and discover how much depth you can achieve. In the end, going out of your comfort zone is how you become a better photographer and who knows, you might even discover something about yourself along the way.

We wish you a 2018 filled with motivation and inspiration!

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