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    Photographer's block

    I too have been sufferring the much feared photographer's block.

    The only exceptions have been my girl's hockey games and a bizzare city walk (where I was the bizzare thing).

    Trying to work my way back.

    So, how have others overcome the doldrums?

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    Set yourself a challenge. Something that's usually completely out of your ball park. If you're normally a candid/urban photographer, take yourself for a drive in the country and get yourself some landscape shots. Do a macro. Or enter this weeks' forum competitions. XD
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    Prob a good idea.

    I did get sick of shooting people (Holden Caulfield would be horrified)...

    Going to Qld next week for a week, hopefully I'll get some inspiration up that'away.

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    I get the same at times, my biggest problem is motivation. Once I get out there and get a few shots in it re-ignites the urge to get out again. I do try and study when I’m not motivated to get out there, I’ll learn something from an online tutorial and or book and then head out and try and put it into practice.

    I'm thinking the online member challenges will be a way to get me out there more often!

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    Go into a room in your house, and take 50 photos..but each photo has to be off a different thing. It is amazing how after the first few room shots etc, you start to look for angles, items, etc. It can be a real challenge to get all 50, but you will find the last ones are the most creative..and its fun..and you don't have to travel anywhere to take them etc.

    You can use this idea on anything. Go to a local park and take 50 photos of the same tree, each different.

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    I went through this a few weeks ago...I got back to basics, just remembered why I loved taking photo's, and had fun with it again. I got some good portraits and went from there and havent looked back...I was over thinking it I think...anyways thats what worked for me.
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    In a short answer, try new things. New location, new genre, new style.

    Or you can set challenges and goals with limitation like what others have mentioned. I actually wrote a little post on my blog about this you can check it out at Stay motivated with photography hopefully it helps a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scotty72 View Post
    I too have been sufferring the much feared photographer's block.
    My issue is a lack of motivation, not a lack of ideas.

    I've shot very little in the past six or seven months.

    Quote Originally Posted by Scotty72 View Post
    So, how have others overcome the doldrums?
    I haven't quite done so. I've done a few shoots, but not a great deal. Mind you, I am very pleased with what I have shot this year, and I've found that the number of compositions I produce per session tends to be less than five. On my most recent shoot, I intended on only one composition, but shot two.

    I am wanting to shoot again, and there will be a few opportunities for country-side landscapes in the coming month, so I'll take advantage of that. Also did some recce yesterday and found a spot with potential for one of my subject interests.

    Unfortunately my pace just isn't what it used to be, but for now I am comfortable with it.

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    Unless it's putting food on the table it's ok to take a break. Hobbys can become chores really quickly if you try and force it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stoogest View Post
    Unless it's putting food on the table it's ok to take a break. Hobbys can become chores really quickly if you try and force it!

    Andrew.
    Was just about to add a similar comment, then read yours.

    You're exactly right. There's no problem with putting your gear in the cupboard until you feel like using it. Why feel pressured to use it ? That aint fun.

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    Scotty where are you going to be in Qld?
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    Gold Coast ==> Bris ==> Fraser Coast (Hervey Bay, Childers, Bundy)

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    try and get out to the Mon Repos National Park to see the turtles at Bagara near Bundaberg - a night time visit btw

    Re advice on photo block - yep Rick is spot on with that type of advice
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scotty72 View Post
    Gold Coast ==> Bris ==> Fraser Coast (Hervey Bay, Childers, Bundy)
    What day are you arriving on the Coast Scotty, There is a few of us having a meet up on Sunday 17th ?
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    My suggestion is change format. I got fired up this week because a friend lent me a Bronica 6x6 and a set of lens. Now I can't wait till the weekend to go and shoot.

    I might try to 50 things idea, but it can get pretty expensive using film.
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    why not take a break?

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    I've been taking a break for the same reason - getting fresh for the upcoming tassie trip
    or maybe I'm just gearing up for life with the newborn in advance :P
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    I've actually starting to use my iPhone heaps. So, when I do pick up the DSLR I feel, phew! a decent camera.

    I'm going to do a bit of stop and shot as I drive... try to capture a moment... see how it goes.

    BTW, have been to Mon Repos several times... My parents (RIP) used to live at Bargara.

    Part of the trip is visiting Dad's new head - stone... which BTW... they made a typo on it... I hope they will not make me jump up and down about THEM paying for the replacement.

    Arriving on the coast on the 19th and only staying 1 night

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