A Few Inspiration Sources, Culled from photopreneur.com

from Mysterious Flame - inspiring creativity by BradBlackman

Laurie at photopreneur.com compiled a list of 60 Sources of Inspiration for Photography. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Play with Photoshop
    So much of photography these days happens after the shutter release has been pressed. There’s probably a ton of things that you don’t know how to do in Photoshop. Learn something new and see what that does for your photography potential.

  • Visit a Flea Market
    Strange objects mean strange shapes, odd shadows and plenty of potential for unique compositions. And you don’t even have to buy anything.

  • Join Flickr Groups
    The pictures in Flickr Groups are great places to see what other people are doing with a theme; the discussions are great places to find out how they did it. And you’ll probably find that the feedback you get on your own photos will give you plenty to think about too.

  • Start a Project
    Inspiration might come in a flash but you want it to hang around. Instead of thinking of an idea for one photograph, try thinking of an idea for a series of photographs. If you’d decided to take pictures of lightning for example, expand the concept to include extreme weather as a whole and add photographs of windswept trees and sun-bleached rooftops. That should keep you busy for a while…

  • Create a Shooting Schedule
    One way to cut back on the regular head-scratching is to plan ahead. Pull out a calendar and decide in advance what sort of images you’ll be shooting each weekend for the next few months. And leave room for flexibility.

It should almost go without saying that these don’t apply only to photographers. In fact, they are commendable to just about anyone who wants to pursue pretty much any creative endeavor. The last one I cited, about creating a schedule, reminds me of something I read recently in Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art, where he talks about author Somerset Maugham, who was asked whether he writes on a particular schedule or when inspiration strikes:

“I write only when inspiration strikes,” Maugham replied. “Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o’clock sharp.”

What about you? Where do you find inspiration, and what little tricks work for you? Share in the comments.