Five Ways to Stay Inspired

Neha SharmaComment

Everyone get stuck in a creative rut. You can't seem to move forward because you can't figure out a concept for a shoot.

Been there.

Done that.

It stinks. It's just like a writer getting writer's block. Everything is great until you get stuck and can't find your way out of it. Here are a few ideas to help you rediscover that spark of inspiration!

-Pinterest is one of my favorite places to find inspiration. I even have a board for it! I pin things that really speak to me whether it's the posing, the colors, the composition, etc. I might see a picture on there of a series of shapes that inspire me to find geometry or symmetry in everyday life and go shoot it.

-Tumblr is another place to find interesting photos AND photographers. A lot of photogs have blogs on there and you can find them in the "Find blogs" area of your dashboard. You can search hashtags like "#fashion photography" or "#food photography" or whatever interests you and find numerous images to spark some creativity. Word of caution, though: Tumblr is notorious for going from puppies to porn, no matter what you're looking up. Don't say I didn't warn you.

-Magazines are a great way to know what's trendy. Fashion magazines will let you know what colors and styles are in season. Food photography will let you know the same thing (did anyone else noticed a sudden spike in pictures of figs a while back..?). Go to your local Barnes & Noble, grab a coffee, pick up a few magazines, and sit there and browse through them for an afternoon. Take a sketchbook or journal with you and make note of things that inspire you and that you want to try. I'm a visual person so I'll snap a picture of anything that inspires me with my iPhone.

-Go on an adventure! Go for a drive! You're so familiar with the area that immediately surrounds you, but what about if you drive an extra twenty minutes out? Maybe you'll end up out in the country. Maybe you'll stumble across some beautiful historical buildings. You never know what's out there unless you look. While you're at it, look at things from a different perspective. We constantly see things at eye-level. Look up. Crouch down to a dog's eye-level and see what the world looks like from there. Make note of places you want to come back to and where they are so you don't forget. Take a friend with you so you can have more fun while going on an adventure!

-Watch YouTube videos. I can't tell you how many times I have clicked on a YouTube photo tutorial and learned game-changing new things. YouTube isn't just for the beauty gurus, singers, and people who do crazy things (cinnamon challenge, anyone?). It's a great place to find tutorials on using your camera, learning new editing techniques, figuring out how to use flash, etc.

What are some of your favorite places to find inspiration?