Becoming A Professional Nature And Landscape Photographer: Growth
You can never learn everything about photography; I think that is one of the reasons I am so captivated by it. Even though I see myself as a professional photographer I still have a lot to learn. I’m always searching for new ways to do things for shooting my photographs and running my photography business. I research other techniques and I’m always search for new places, objects or concepts to photograph. I believe you should never stop growing and learning about anything that you’re passionate about; once you do stop learning you lose the drive and passion for it. There will be days that you may feel like you’re in a rut. You’ll have days where you feel you’ve seen it all or like there’s nothing left to photograph. Your wrong, there is always more to photograph than what you have previously done. These are the days you need to seek out inspiration from others or look for a challenge to get yourself out of your funk.
I have a photography idea box, I will get random thoughts of a shoot at odd times, I will see something that I would like to shoot but can’t at the present moment or I envision it at a different time of day or season. Anyone with children will understand the limited time you have at any given location when you travel with them, a notebook on these trips come in extremely handy to write down your vision of a shoot for a later date. Every once in a while I get in a funk and go through all the strips of paper, receipts, notebook paper and even gum wrappers that I jotted an idea down on. There is always something in the box that sparks an interest to work on. Other resources for inspiration are Flickr, Google Plus, and 500px feeds. Do not copy another photographers work but use what you see to learn. Try to figure out what he or she had done to create the photograph; try those techniques on a subject you see in your own area.
Remember a rut is a mindset, once you change your mind set you can create again.