Friday, 22 November 2013
Making Photo Plans
Yesterday, I took some photos in the garden for the first time in weeks! I took some nature shots as well as self-portraits, which I'll edit later. In the last few months, I've had a bad case of "photographer's block", caused by a number of things. The last few days have been good though, as a couple of nice things happened. I'm starting to cheer up and look forward to Christmas. :)
I also really want to start taking photos more regularly again. I decided to write a practical list of things to help get myself out of this slump:
☀ buy a new lens. I've been using my 35mm for nearly 2 years now and it is a great lens, but I'd love to try a different one. I hope to get this one in December.
☀ do this December Daily photo project, created by Helen Ogbourn, again like last year. I really enjoyed it before. Christmas is my favourite time of the year, so I'm sure I'll enjoy doing the project for a second time.
☀ I've also bought this helpful e-book, which is also by Helen, on tips for a successful 365 project. She has written really useful month by month prompts for photo ideas. It will be such a big help because I really miss taking a photo everyday.
☀ make lots of trips to the German Christmas market in Birmingham. I look forward to the market every year, mainly for the food ;) but also, for the photo opportunities. I was only able to visit it once last year because of living in Nottingham, but this year, I can go as much as I like. I really must go visit it soon with my camera.
☀ make an inspiration bin full of photo ideas. I've already done this! I got the idea from Emily, and I thought it was a great and simple idea for those difficult days when I haven't a clue what to photograph.
☀ read Brooke Shaden's new book. Brooke's blog has become a favourite of mine this year. She is always so positive and I'm certain her book will be really inspiring.
☀ attempt another 365, probably, to start in January. I've only once completed a 365, but to be honest, I cheated a lot, and most of the photos were awful (it was 6 years ago that I did it) and it was more of a "photo diary" back when I only had a little compact camera. Since then I've started and stopped various 365s. Next time I'm going to make it easier for myself by trying a totally mixed one, a mixture of self-portraits, portraits of others, nature, food, conceptual, still life...a bit of everything. If I make it more varied, and if I have a new lens too, hopefully, I'll feel more motivated to continue with it.
Well, that's all I've thought of so far. If anybody has any tips for me on how to get your photography mojo back, I'm all ears! :)