How important is photography ideas for photographers? I often, seen or read a post about photography hobbyists who were confused, because they did not know what else to shoot. There are more people that complaining because they don’t know what to shoot, they felt that they had limited equipment, “I don’t have Macro Lenses, I don’t have tripod, now we have bad weather so I can’t shoot landscape”
I have some friends also that always says, “If I had some friends who invited me to hunting, it will be a lot of beautiful pictures that I produce and maybe I will get a lot of photography ideas for me to shoot”.
And of course, there are still millions more reason, if you want to look for in order to support "our reason" that there are no more interesting photo objects to be explored A.K.A death of photography ideas.
I am sure, that in fact "there are millions of" photography ideas waiting to be photographed. If we want to!!!
Sometimes, our laziness to start that hinders us to action. Or there may be a feeling of "saturated", because he felt, “why my pictures did not develop"
Well, of course, if we really photography hobbyist, we should have a solution for situations above.
These are some things that I have been practiced to get photography ideas easily;
One of my friend have smart tips, he has a special folder in his PC that contains websites which often inspire his photography ideas. When he got confuse syndrome, He read and explore ideas photos from these websites. We know that there are millions of photography websites that provide many of beautiful pictures that can trigger our photography ideas.
Probably you already knew about this tip. But sometimes we are lazy to practice it. Usually we become lazy because the theme we made is too general. For example, we choose a theme (photography ideas) in one comming month you choose Architects, Portrait and Macro.
Well, I think this is less interesting and too general, so our brains are less forced to come up with photography ideas of our subject. Architect’s range was too wide. So was the, Portrait and Macro.
I love to create the specific range of photography ideas or theme. For example, with related to architects, I will made a theme, windows or keys. We set the window as our theme, my focus will straight to the windows of the building: its shape, its location, color, texture and more.
Moreover, if we make it more specific, example: The key!!! My eyes will immediately look for keys that stuck in the doors of the fence. And in fact, there are thousands kinds of locks with different unique shapes, colors and levels of corrosion that we can use as photography ideas.
As photo creator, I have a specific intent to deliver a message through pictures, with all the elements in it even with one simple object. But I give freedom to the audience to use their own imagination according to their understanding of the photos that I've made, maybe even a person will have some interpretation about one picture, and that will be good because one picture can develop into many photography ideas.
Now as a good photographer, we must be able to deliver the message from our pictures that we take. Every message come from ideas (photography ideas) and there are four elements that can give us ideas that is
Everyone has a penchant for certain thing. Something we liked, would be close to us, and automatically brought in our daily activities. If we are sensitive, a hobby can be the most delightful inspiration. Surely we know about ins and outs of our hobby, Let’s try to choose one thing that we like, to be use as a concept of our theme. I love music even though I did not play any single instrument, but most of my work is inspired by music. The photography ideas can be obtained from the title, song lyrics, or just the mood of the melody of a song.
Playing with a fantasy world, creating a character or even a serial story. It can be fun, because we are playing with imaginary figures that previously only exist in our heads.
Happy, sad, disappointed, angry, longing, love is an emotions that every person has. Human emotions are dynamic, it change according to what we are experiencing and we feel. Usually we work when we are happy or in a good mood, but sometimes feelings of anger or sadness can also be an inspiration or ideas of our work. Photographs on the social, environmental, gender equality theme was commonly found as a medium to deliver the emotional message of photographer. With the pictures that photographer took he wish his emotions in the photo can be delivered.
We live absorbing information from all directions, from all media, either consciously or not. With this information (from past and present) we want to describe things according to our own definition or understanding. And of course we can try to image our comprehension with photography. These four sources of inspiration can stand up alone with one another, but they can sometimes blend-in without we realize it, become an inspiration for our photography ideas to make a new concept.
One of the exercises that we can apply to honing our shooting skills is to continuously take pictures. This exercise we can do with “photo hunting” with friends or photographer community. Besides to hone our shooting skills as time goes we can also develop our photography ideas. It will be more interesting if we can have a community of professional photographer who can hire model so we can learn the best posing in photography
But keep in mind, we have to focus if we want do the photo hunting. It means that the activity has been planned and the main purpose is to shoot. So we do not wait for the moment or objects to shoot, but we proactively looking for moments and the objects to shoot and explore.
Hunting can be done individually or in groups. Each has different its advantages and disadvantages. For those of you who are a newbie, it is advisable hunting in a group. Because we can ask questions and discuss both technical and non-technical with our colleagues who have had more experience. For those who do not like crowded, it is more convenient to hunting alone. We can be freer in express and explore an object, if we want to linger in one spot, nobody will complain.
Focus, focus and focus, to get an idea of photography we have to focus of the theme or concept that we want to take and then simplify to have a little scope then we take a lot of pictures and compare it with our pictures with different techniques. Do it over and over again so that we will get used to this and get photography ideas easily like breathing the air !!!.