Finding inspiration is a vital part of a photographer’s evolution. Whether you’re a complete beginner looking for styles and subjects to emulate, or maybe a jaded photographer hoping to reboot enthusiasm, to be inspired is a good thing. But where should you look for inspiration?
This post looks at various places where photographers may find inspiration for their own work. While some of those suggestions are obvious, others are less so. And though it’s possible to be photographically influenced on a subconscious level, it definitely helps if you actively evaluate what you see.
Art museums may seem an obvious place to receive a creative jolt, but what we’re looking for is to use everything about the museum to inspire us, and not just paintings or photos. Think about the lighting on sculptures, for instance, or how well the curated artworks look together.
Closer to Home
The pictures we choose for our home might act as inspiration. We can buy art at a store or shop online for fabulous posters and frames. Assembling and displaying a harmonious collection of artworks is good photographic practice, whether on walls, in portfolios, or for presentations.
Books and Magazines
There is an unending supply of photographic inspiration in books and magazines, whether they specialise in photography or a theme the reader or viewer enjoys. In weekly or monthly photo journals, the images are often accompanied by technique for those who want it.
When watching movies, a lot can be learned about stills photography by studying camera angles, lighting and colour grading. You can pick up hints and tips sometimes by listening to the director’s commentary on DVDs.
Many people find inspiration in photographic clubs and organisations, especially among more experienced photographers. Club competitions push people to create their best work, subjective though that is. Photographers shoot pictures to please themselves, first and foremost, but outside opinion can help.