We all at some point in our photography journey hit that bump in the road where we just don't feel inspired anymore. One day we're out with our camera in hand, as happy as clam, and then bam! Our drive, desire, and inspiration just seemingly disappears into thin air.
It's happened to me on more than one occasion, and I can tell you from experience that unless you seek out some different ways to find that inspiration, it'll be a long wait before it shows up on its own.
So what can we do when we find ourselves in a photographic rut? Here's a few ideas that you might find helpful!
Visit some photo sharing websites
The internet is full of websites that offer photographers a community of like minded individuals where you can share and browse images. 500px and Flickr are just two examples of these types of communities, and there are some stunning pieces of work on both sites. A quick look through and you'll be sure to see some work by photographers around the world that will get your creative juices flowing. And if you want something quick and easy, try just a simple Google image search for your favourite subject matter and see what comes up!
Join a local camera club
Many cities nowadays have camera clubs that stay active with weekly meetings and competitions. Most also bring in guest speakers that present on a wide variety of topics. With the social aspect being just one of the perks, camera clubs are not only a great place to see what other local photographers are doing, but it gives you a venue where you can share your work with an appreciative audience, and learn a little more about photography.
Take a course or join a workshop
I can't say enough about the value of education. Investing a little bit of time and money into learning something new can go a long way into getting your creative juices flowing. If you're a Lightroom and/or Photoshop user, take some time and learn a little more about what the software can do. And if you're not using them yet, make the $10 a month investment and start! You'll be amazed at how they can help you bring your images to the next level!
If you really want to be inspired, there's no better way that I've found than to participate in a photography workshop. Why not combine your vacation with an amazing opportunity to photograph your favourite subject in a new and exciting location? With hands on learning, new surroundings, and the sense of camaraderie that can be found, a workshop can help inspire, motivate, and educate you all at the same time! I highly recommend it, and there are a ton of them out there. You're bound to find something that gets you excited!
So remember, we all face moments where we start feeling uninspired. But there are solutions that'll help you to feel excited about picking up your camera again! Now get out there, have fun, and happy shooting!