Photography by no means is an easy task. Though it looks interesting in the beginning, you may soon run out of ideas and start finding it mundane. So, you need to be creative and constantly look for ideas to make your photographs more interesting. Here are some ways and methods to help you find inspiration for this.
1. Review a newspaper or magazine
If you want to be intellectual, get ideas by reading newspapers. Many amateur photographers keep a set of old news paper pictures as a library. They review old ideas in photography with a new dimension. The cover pages of a magazine give enough ideas and the mix and match of the different ideas will yield a new idea. Overview at the eye-catching magazines rack will end up with a bundle of creative ideas.
2. Get ideas while traveling
If you are a travel bug, you have a scope to find new ideas in your trip. Visit a small rural town near to your place and find the local culture for creative ideas. This may seem routine, but you can get new ideas when you visit rural places and people.
3. Go Shopping
If you visit a small market near to your place, you can see the arrangement of colors in different patterns. You can see how shopkeepers try to attract the people with their attractive arrangements. How they use different shapes and objects to form different compositions. Farmers use different color patterns and products to attract the consumers. These combination works on any creative person for getting ideas.
4. Watch a movie
You get new ideas when watching a movie. The cinematography often gives ideas. The movements in the film or the angle in the film taking gives interesting ideas. Watch old art movies which are made with dull mat finish frames. This view can give a new antique idea in your mind.
5. Check photo journals
When you run out of inspirational ideas, you can watch your previous photo journals or your friend’s photo journals for a theme or subject to shoot. If you want more interesting and inspirational subjects, you can extend your search to online photo blogs and get inspirational ideas. By joining an online photo journal group, you will know what other photographers are experimenting with the camera to create new themes.
6. Read the feedback
By reading the feedback on online photo blogs, you will come to know which theme or photographic technique is in the top and what people love. You can plan your next shoot keeping this in mind. Often feedback for photos gives interesting ideas.
7. Change the regular view
Many people shoot their own regular style by trying variations in the same technique. But, you try something fresh and new, and change the angle while taking photographs. Many people follow a routine to shoot pictures and they get accustomed to some particular time. Just break your old routine pattern and find a new perspective in clicking photographs. Be a creator and find new techniques to get out a new pattern.
8. Start clicking for a theme
Choose a theme which inspires you; it can come under portrait photography, underwater photography or anything else. Take images related to the theme from different places. For e.g., if you choose portrait photography, you can find a theme to click from anywhere… that varies from nature to modeling. Choose your favorite theme and start taking images. When working on favorite subject, you will flourish with new impressive ideas.
9. Get diverted
Get out of the studio, come out from the place and go on a small walk with your camera. Go to a market, a kindergarten, a park, a theater or on a long drive into the country. Try to be alone. If you visit a kindergarten, you can see small children at their habitat; click some interesting images of children with different angles and different lenses. If you are going on a country drive, you can click some interesting country life photos.
10. Explore with new textures and different colors
Many photographers don’t give much importance to the texture of the object in the photographs. They give attention to the background and the lighting set up, but overlook the textures. Match the texture to the subject you are shooting. Choose interesting textures as subjects in your photographs. Select the texture by touching rather than the vision.
11. Experiment with the background color
Many photographers choose the background color as white to get a pleasant look to the photo. Add different colors to the background and try different shades- light, bright, dull and dark. See how photographs look with these backgrounds. Tally the pros and cons and choose a subject that suits this background, for e.g., a white flower with a black background frame or a red rose in a black frame. Try different patterns and explore new ideas.
12. Give a break to color photos
To try this as a creative idea for inspiration, you must have some knowledge on black and white photos subject. You must know which subject looks great in this pattern.
13. Brush up your photography classes
Read the books on photography or remember the classes you attended before joining the photography profession. Remember the photography rules and different photography techniques. Take the pictures according to the rules in the photography book and see the output. Rules are meant to be broken, so break the rules and click different patterns and pictures.
14. Try different settings in your camera
Play with camera settings for different photo patterns. Take photographs in different patterns, modes and settings. Change the exposures, ISO (sensitivity) and shutter speed. Take snaps without worrying about the result. A new technique can be often found from an error.
15. Pick a different model
Change your subject or model. Experiment with new models, for e.g., if you are underwater photographer, your models will be only related to sea and its habitats. Change the models; try some new patterns like shooting a small kid playing in water or something else which is not at all related to underwater photography. Changing the subject can give some interesting and creative ideas.
The way to get creative ideas for your photography shoot is not limited and these ideas are just a glimpse. Explore and be creative.