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manley.josh 8:23pm, 12 February 2008
I really need to get out and shoot but the combination of cold weather and lack of creativity has really stopped me.

give me ideas, please.
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I am feeling the lack of motivation too.
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Akatzmarkphotography 10 years ago
i feel ya as well
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waphoto 10 years ago
go find some mounted insects and shoot macro stuff :P macro and studio are good stuff to do during the winter so you dont have to go outside
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Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer Posted 10 years ago. Edited by Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer (admin) 10 years ago
1. Start reading the strobist Blog and start learning to light with off camera flash. You can do all of this in doors.
www.strobist.blogspot.com/

Or

2.Start putting a Digital Asset Management (AKA - DAM) Plan and workflow together for all of your digital files. Get your files backed up, if you are already backing them up, do it again to some media that can be stored off site in case of a fire or theft.

3. Call your insurance agent and take out a policy on your photography gear.

Pick up the book "The Moment it Clicks" by Joe Macnally and read it

4. Read Joe MacNally's Blog
www.joemcnally.com/blog
(A fantastic photographer with great tips)

5. Read Scott Kelby's Blog
(great photoshop, lightroom, photography tips)
www.scottkelby.blogspot.com

These are all of the things that I am starting to do.
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Hambone Lewinski 10 years ago
1) Think of a variety of photography that you've never done before.

2) Do that.

Jason
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Hambone Lewinski 10 years ago
Work on your "chops". Turn off the autofocus and shoot hyperfocal. Try doing some shooting without looking through the viewfinder.

Come up with a project. It doesn't have to be anything exciting... i.e. photograph every street sign on Superior street between 3rd west and 3rd east. That might help get you into your photo groove again, as an added bonus you might get some good shots.

Jason
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Hambone Lewinski 10 years ago
I've been practicing shooting from the hip lately. Literally; I hold my camera in my hand facing away from my body and fire the shutter blindly from hip level. You might need to find a P&S if you want to do this digital-style.

Jason
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HBRstudios 10 years ago
I just received Joe McNally's latest book as a gift -- it looks great. Maybe you can borrow it.
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MOEVIEW is Aaron Molina Posted 10 years ago. Edited by MOEVIEW is Aaron Molina (admin) 10 years ago
I'm in the same boat.. On the bright side I have all next week off. Anyone else? Brian does.. how about the rest of you dorks? HA HA! Brian what do you say about a road trip? So ya a road trip always gets me out of a funk!
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N. Lindstrom Photo 10 years ago
I know what you mean, I was there at the time I joined this group. Since then I have been doing a lot more shooting.

Im only 5 days into my 365 but I have come up with a ton of great ideas that I have started planning out for the milestone numbers.

Incorporate your interests that are outside of photography into your photography. One collection I am hoping to start soon is that I am going to re-create all the cover art for a particular classic rock group, using only myself when a "body" is needed. Most will be tough, but half the fun is planning.

I guess I just realized the potentials of creating something to shoot, rather than always having to go out and find it.
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manley.josh 10 years ago
thanks all, i might have to start a 365 just to get this monkey off my back.
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Moe and Brian, I would love to go shooting on Monday a.m.
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Randall Cottrell 10 years ago
mon is president's day right? i'd be interested in something
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HBRstudios 10 years ago
We will have to see what the wifey and I are doing -- haven't completely decided that, but there may be options mid-week. I will keep you posted.
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JulesAmeel PRO 10 years ago
strobist.blogspot.com/2007/09/watch-chase-jarvis-entire-n...
if you watch it and dont get inspired id just say quit photo all together
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JulesAmeel PRO 10 years ago
oh! i got burnt out for a while and lomo helps too
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aReasontoHope 10 years ago
Yeah, the cold weather really has me down. Not only does it stop me from taking photos, but all I want to do is sleep. I don't want to do any work of any sort. Just try writing down some ideas. That always helps me.
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JustinSinks 10 years ago
a break is always healthy. Some of the best work done by the best artists was done coming out of a slump. Dont push it, just keep your camera with you and your mind open.
NorthernMinnesotaPhoto 10 years ago
Go ride a city bus on a couple different loops that you never go to. Sit in the back and just let it go by, something will present it self.

Go rent some old movies from the 1930's and watch the lighting effects, work out in your brain how they shot it.

Get all bundled up, go to lake side, sit by lakes edge and listen to the ice groan and creek.

Take your least used lens (only 1) put it on your camera and force yourself to shoot with it for a week, nights, days, inside, outside, florescent, tungsten, mercury vapor, automoblie lighting.

Crank your ISO so that you can shoot from a stance and no tripod allowed.

Most of all, try to have some fun!!
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