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I cleaned out my gallery

Published July 18th, 2011

Removed everything that was subpar in my opinion.

I'm struggeling to be honest. I'm having difficulty improving.

At times I feel I am even regressing.

So I need to find ways to rejuvinate my love for photography. Or specifically, the enthusiasm I have for photography.

I still shoot nearly every day, but theres less and less I end up keeping and more often than not I feel distraught and outright in a foul mood once I get home.

I will try to remedy this by going to a couple of fares this weekend, it does limit me that I am working this weekend though.

What are your ways to keep enthusiastic about photography?

Do you set yourself a daily challenge? And how do you stick to it?

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Joris Ruigewaard (inactive)  over 6 years ago

Reading about art & photography might also be a good idea. I really enjoy it and it shapes my own work. Download as many documentaries and ebooks etc as you can. Or just pop into the local library. You are bound to find stuff which sparks your interest. I would suggest 'ways of seeing' by John Berger.

For me, switching to film is a helps in my creative development. It really pushes me to think about what I do, and why I make certain pictures.

Keep at it!

Ballroom Pics  over 6 years ago

And as with all freely given advice ... take it with a grain of salt. :)
I mean well, but I'm hardly a fountain of wisdom either!

Henning Nilsen  over 6 years ago

Excellent advice, Ballroom.
I will certainly put them to good use.

Ballroom Pics  over 6 years ago

I saw your photos for the first time today, so I do not know what was there before.

Discarding more of your photographs is itself likely an indication that you are improving. As a photographer develops they become more critical of their earlier photos. The next step is to identify what you like specifically about the photos that you kept so that you can consciously incorporate the concepts into future photographs. Conversely, identify what was missing both from the photos you deleted and from the ones you kept.

Combine this with trying new types of photography. Example: You obviously like candid portraiture/headshots. Try shooting more candids that involve the environment around the subject. Perhaps more street photography. Try to find/create compositions that tell a story. Then alas, it will be time to go back through the discarding process.

If you are having trouble 'seeing' new and interesting compositions then I'd recommend "The Photographer's Eye" by Michael Freeman. It helped me. Most photography books are concerned with purely the technical and rarely spend any in depth time on composition. Freeman's book is exclusively about composition.