How to stay motivated in Photography
It’s this awkward time of the year again when winter is long gone but spring hasn’t quite arrived yet. During this ‘season change’ nature photographers often get uninspired. This time of the year is usually more stressful for me because it’s usually a deadline time! (luckily this is the last one!) The only thing I normally want to do is shove my camera in a cupboard and sleep. So, if you’re like me, and you’re struggling to keep going through this difficult time, read on because I have prepared 5 tips for how to stay motivated!
1. Stop waiting for inspiration Inspiration doesn’t make good images, and neither does motivation! You make good images, and if you ever feel like you are too lazy to go and shoot, think about why you started this and where you want your photography to take you. Whatever it is, you will not achieve it by sitting in front of the tv. If you are reading this blog with the hope that it will motivate you, think about what will happen if it won’t? Are you going to give up and never pick up your camera again? No one should care more about your dreams than you do. Successful photographers don’t procrastinate – they get the work done whether they feel like it or not. So if you want this badly enough, you better get to planning your next photo shoot.
2. Inspiration comes AFTER you start creating If you start creating inspiration will often follow. You just need to make a start, go for a walk with a camera and don’t put pressure on yourself to create good images. Find things that YOU see as beautiful, whether it’s the rain, wind or clear blue sky. Try capturing it as best as you can.
3. Allow yourself to make mistakes If you don’t want to go outside to take images, because you are sure that it will not result in good photos, and all the images will be rubbish - then do it anyway! There is something refreshing in photographing nature without the pressure to capture amazing images. Allow yourself to make mistakes and take bad photos because you will learn from it. It’s better to have some images that you can improve than having no images. You’d be surprised how often photoshoots like this turn out to bring portfolio shots. I have taken many bad photos since I have left the mountain area, because in my mind, nothing will be comparable to these sublime summits, and I was pleasantly surprised when I have found compositions that I liked.
4. Review your images This step is very important and it’s one that many photographers ignore. Analysing your images and figuring out what went wrong and why you don’t like them will help you improve your photography! If you don’t realise what mistakes you are making then how do you want to fix those mistakes? Even if you like your images, is there anything that you could have done to improve them? Looking and thinking about your work will help you to avoid making the same mistakes over again next time.
5. Work on a project This is something many people will recommend and it’s true. It is really motivating to see a project come together, and people are usually more likely to want to carry on with a project rather than with singular images that have no purpose. Give your project a deadline and stick to it no matter what! Find a topic that you really care about and one that has a purpose and does something more than just looking good. If you share it with the right people, this might turn into more than just a personal project.