You don’t have to be a writer to suffer from writer’s block.
Getting Over Writer’s Block in Photography
That same feeling of being stuck and unable to produce can be experienced in any creative pursuit, whether you’re a painter, musician or photographer. As difficult as writer’s block can be to break through, there are certain actions that you can take that, as a photographer, will help you feel inspired once more.
Explore something new
Take a photography course covering an area you haven’t fully studied yet. Exploring a new subject, within a group of like-minded fellow photographers, will give you new things to discover and new perspectives with which to perceive them.
Change your scenery completely. If you normally take street photography, get out of the city and take some landscape photos. Or borrow a macro lens to intimately explore your closest surroundings without even having to move out of your living room. Switch things up and investigate something new.
Photograph for your own enjoyment and not others’. Many feel the pressure to create as a means to attain approval from friends or followers on social networks, and this pressure to produce great work all the time can be a major reason behind your writer’s block.
So stop uploading your photos for a month, and only photograph subjects for your own interest. Without that external pressure or stress, you can truly take pleasure in learning about your craft.
Be selfish, and don’t be afraid to focus on yourself instead of others.
Take a break/Increase to 11
Take a break for a few weeks and focus on other things, creative or otherwise. Perhaps your lack of creativity is because you have a lot of other things to consider in your life? Aim to remove distractions while on that break to make sure that you can focus on photography once you are ready to return.
The other option is to crank it up all the way to 11, taking at least 50 photos a day (or one roll if you are on film). By challenging yourself to take more photos, you have a goal and can power through your lack of creativity. You might also set yourself other goals, such as honing a different skill each month, or exploring a new theme every week.
Writer’s block is a tough nut to crack, but by blending various steps – such as taking a photography course or photography workshop, exploring new themes and techniques, being selfish, taking a break to freshen your perspective, and setting short-term goals and targets – you’ll soon be able to start getting the most out of your photography again.