How to get Motivated to do more Photography

How to get Motivated to do more Photography

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Are you one of those photographers who finds there’s a million other things that demand your attention and get in the way of pursuing your passion for photography?

You’re not alone. The work/life balance is a delicate dance and it’s easy to get sidetracked by the endless tasks of day to day life, even when things are going well. As a professional photographer you’d expect I spend a great deal of time out there shooting, but the truth is that I don’t get to shoot anywhere near as much as I’d love to.

There are a few things you can do however, that ought to help you scratch that creative itch and satisfy your photographer’s heart.

Let’s get motivated!

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1 – Take your camera everywhere

Sounds like a hassle right? But you don’t need to have it on your person at all times, just leave it in the car and maybe carry a spare battery so that when inspiration strikes you’re not cursing yourself for leaving the camera at home.

2 – Stop for that shot

I’m guilty of this all the time. While driving, I often see lots of cool and interesting scenes along the road. I sometimes tell myself ”Oh, I’ll shoot it tomorrow on my way back”, but often you’ll find that this might be your only chance. Pull over, take 10 minutes and get that shot, more often than not you’ll be glad you did.

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3 – Butter up your spouse

If your spouse is not that into photography, you’ve no doubt had to endure a grumpy ride home after making your beloved wait in the car for an hour while you get caught up in a sunset shoot. Plan ahead and build up some brownie points with the other half so that you can cash in those chips when you need it most. Some preemptive grovelling can go a long way.

4 – Get a photography buddy

If you have a friend that loves photography, it’s much more fun to go out and shoot together or plan short little shooting trips on a semi-regular basis. Join camera clubs or meetups to find like minded souls that share your passion. You’ll feed off each others energy and maybe even have a little healthy competition.

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5 – Take a photo vacation

Dedicate a one to two week trip at a tremendously epic location and shoot as much as your family, friends or partner will tolerate. You can even become the official ‘trip photographer’ and if you get some great shots you’re more likley to have the family appreciate your need to do photography. Getting your loved ones ‘on side’ will give you a lot more freedom to dedicate time to your art.

6 – Rent a lens – see with new eyes

There’s nothing better than slapping a new piece of high end glass on your camera and seeing things with new eyes. If you’ve got an interesting trip planned, it doesn’t cost that much to rent a top notch lens for a weekend or a few days. It’s like getting a new camera that you already know how to use.

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7 – Go running to find new locations

I’ll admit that I don’t have the patience or time for going on long hikes to discover new locations. I prefer to put on my running shoes, hit the trails and burn some calories. I can cover lots of ground in a fraction of the time it would take to hike and I’m always finding new beauty spots that I can revisit when the conditions are right. If you run daily you will also discover the best times of day for beautiful light.

8 – Follow your peers on social media

I don’t know about you, but nothing motivates me more than seeing the amazing work of my peers and thinking ‘I could have shot that’. The old adage of ‘right place, right time’ is so true in photography, so the more time you spend shooting, the more chances you’ll have at getting some amazing shots that will inspire your peers.

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9 – Procrastinate and perish

I’m starting to sound like one of those awful life coaches here but seriously, procrastination will only lead to frustration. If you’re a complete beginner, it might take a while before you nail your first unbelievable shot, but when you inevitably do, it might just be the catalyst that kicks your photography into overdrive and once you’ve been bitten by that bug, there’s no turning back. Just don’t let your spouse read this.

What suggestions do you have for getting motivated to do more photography? What motivates you? Share with us some of your tips in the comments below.

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  • Ted Dudziak

    Your third suggestion struck a cord. My wife has her Kindle and she is perfectly happy to be reading her latest book while I am waiting for my next shot.

  • I consider myself so lucky that my partner is my best photo buddy and pretty much every holiday we take turns into a photo vacation.

  • Another article that strikes home. My number one problem is finding.. no taking the time.

  • Procrastination is, no doubt, the biggest enemy of creation in any art, photography among them. Fight it!

  • Michael Leonard

    This list is perfect. My wife loves my photography, but she gets so bored waiting for me to get the right shot she usually drains her phone playing games while waiting for me. My kids have even started hassling me now. It’s scary. I definitely need a photo buddy.

  • I guess i will have to buy a laptop for my wife, and one good battery for a car so she can have her fun until i am out there shooting.

  • Angelia

    Great, great, GREAT advice. I’m already doing the “carry my camera everywhere” one. I’m trying to get my coworkers fascinated in photography. I’ve already liked the photography pages of several professionals on Facebook. That last one there … really a BIG key to inspiring me. When I saw a professional doing water droplet photography, I became OBSESSED! 🙂

  • Edmund

    Best advice I have ever had! Take the shot when you see it, don’t wait around and expect it to be there next time you come along. I have lost countless photos to “I’ll shoot it next week.”

  • The walrus

    Excellent advice, thanks. I’ll stop procrastinating tomorrow 🙂

  • chrysmarty

    Are you reading my diary, I have been battling this for about a month. Thanks for the advice. I am glad I am NOT to only one who had these issues.

  • Gaz Prescott

    Great article…. I too subscribe to building up brownie points with the wife so she can tolerate the wait in the car whilst I stop at the side of the road for that must have shot! lol… my family is very supportive on the whole but I do feel a bit bad sometimes when I leave them waiting in the car when a particularly lovely sunset presents itself! =)

  • Same with me. This tip is vital. I love the idea of taking your camera with you as well. Great post.

  • Fadzilah Omar

    Great tips and reminders for me. Thanks!

    I just missed an awesome wild grass with white flowers view which is happened to be just next to my office, thanks to the procrastination. Because one day after someone had cut them short!

  • Great tips, one that I have started some time back with good results is joined local photography clubs, they are always upto something.. keeping us engaged…

  • Amaryllis

    I always do tip 1 (seriously, I take it with me EVERYWHERE. My parents call me obsessed), I also always do tip 2 (which also makes my parents call me obsessed), I have no use for tip 3 because I’m a 19 years old girl with no time to dedicate to a lover, tip 4 is… tough for me because I’m a totally unsociable person, tips 5 and 6 are impossible for me because I have no money, tip 7 would require me to walk one heck of a long way since I live in the middle of a quite big city with just streets and garbage everywhere, tip 8 actually makes me depressed because I’ve got bad self-esteem… and tip 9 is kind of where I am, though I’m not a ‘complete’ beginner. I’ve got the basics, now I just need practice…

    I’m not saying this is a bad article, far from that, it’s a great post! Just… not easy for everyone, I guess.

  • Ken Tabor

    I have seen some amazing urban photography. You don’t have to shoot wildlife or nature to get an amazing shot. I live in suburbia and it images me focus on my composition more. You can make great pictures of ordinary things.

  • rk7270

    im lazy to carry my camera, its too heavy for me. i rather use my iphone. i think this is my biggest enemy

  • Neechie

    Thanks for the tips! I carry my camera with me everywhere now. I got some inexpensive bags in case I just want a camera with 1 lens, or a bigger bag with more. I even set up a safe space in a larger purse to take it with, so I don’t always have to look like a tourist. I bought the boyfriend a gopro, so he doesn’t mind as much when I want to go somewhere and take pics, he can play with the gopro while I do.

  • Louie Underwood-Olson

    Ahh but I just read on another FB photo page a guy took a great shot with his iPhone and his photo is now in a national geographic contest…so as they say. “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer” 😉

  • Louie Underwood-Olson

    You can just follow any photography FB page and on instagram you can see strangers pics. No interaction is necessary. But city shots are fantastic. Buildings, angles, people, billboards etc. I love city pics as much as beach pics. And at 19 you already know you have a passion for photography! !!! Your ahead of the rest dear. ;)???

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  • same here!

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