Fighting Creative Dullness

Posted on February 27, 2009. Filed under: Net Spy | Tags: , , , |

As a photographer, you are obliged to keep yourself updated of what’s happening in the world of shutters and clicks. You need to keep a bag full of strategies and ideas to get a few bucks from photo contests or make a living out of it if you are a professional. Photo contests keep photographers aspiring, thus, demanding fresh and unique ideas once in a while. This makes photography much more dynamic and interesting, in fact you would even feel the striking tension in every photo competition today.

To some, the tension could give a negative feedback. Photographers who are unable to keep up with photo competitions and developing new ideas and strategies often tend to slack off. Especially those who failed to bounce back from creative blahs and haven’t been on the road for quite a time. Traveling helps a lot to cure dulled photo skills and even help people foster their unique style.

Actually, there are ways to cure creative dullness. One is by experimenting or doing photo essays. If you can’t find a new approach for a photography contest, you start by picking a particular subject or subject type and take as many shots as possible. It doesn’t have to be complicated nor something you must travel great distances to find; you could choose bald topics such as a glass, window, fruits, or even mailboxes.

Browsing on images that won previous photography contests can also help you construct fresh ideas for a new start. These photos are great references in formulating your new style and applying them on future picture contests. Another great way to cure your creative dullness is by shooting portraits at different times of the day. Have you seen photos in a landscape picture contest? Those pictures are taken either during at dawn or at dusk. The natural lightings provided by the sun can turn bland photography into something amazing. You can also add more experimentation with exposure time, ISO sensitivity, and some shots may require a tripod, but the results should be worth the trouble.

Lastly, you should also try attaching your camera to a tripod and set it to have a long exposure, perhaps a second or longer. Move the shutter down to take the photo and slowly adjust your zoom, you can either zoom in or zoom out. If done correctly, this creates a star burst effect in your photograph.

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