It’s easy to get demotivated when shooting street. Especially if you head out everyday, after a while everything starts to all look the same. Don’t despair it happens to the best of us in any form of photography. Here a 6 quick and easy tips that will help you keep motivated shooting street photography. Don’t shoot street that’s ok most of these tips can easily be translated to your own type of photography.
1. Look at street photography pictures on 500px
Ok it doesn’t need to be 500px, yes there are some amazing photos and street photographers on flickr and various other places, check out my street photography board on pinterest. If you start to look at some other street photographers work you will start formulating new ideas. There are so many great photographers out there, and the best ones know that they haven’t mastered their craft yet. They are always on the look out for inspiration an ideas, so if your finding your photos to be a bit boring of late, have a look around it won’t take you long to find a photo that makes you go “WOW”. When that happens write down what it is that stands out for you. Before you know it you’ll be wanting to run out the door to try your newly found inspiration.
Just a reminder imitate but don’t copy.
2. Pick a subject
Focus your day’s outing on a specific colour, item or scene. Make it a little challenging and think about how you can shoot it creatively. Things like hands or feet/shoes will have you pushing yourself to get interesting shots, especially after you’ve shot the usual photos that one would expect.
Start looking for interesting light, angles and subjects and shoot away.
3. Grab a friend and head out to shoot
There is nothing like heading out with a friend to shoot street. You can feed of each other it will help with your confidence and when there is nothing happening on the streets you’ll have someone to chat with. Don’t have any friends that shoot street photography? If your in Perth or Melbourne your in luck, I have two “Shoot Street” Street Photography Workshops scheduled, other states and countries will be released shortly.
4. Do you shoot candid, shoot street portraits instead or vice versa
Switch your style up! Do you shoot mainly candid portraits and scenes. Well knows the perfect time to get out there and ask a stranger to take their portrait quickly. Or do you take street portraits all the time, well try your hand at shooting candidly. The break in routine might be all that you need and you’ll be a better photographer in the long run.
5. Try film
I’m assuming that most of you are shooting digitally. Don’t get me wrong shooting digitally is easy and the results are terrific however sometimes it’s all a little to easy, just sometimes getting back to the real basics of it all can make all the difference.
Film cameras are cheap a couple of rolls of film can be picked up cheaply as well. Worried about developing/scanning you would be surprised the places that still do this even though it isn’t advertised as much. Large department stores that have a photo lab often still do it, it won’t be a 1 hour turn around but dropping it off and picking up a DVD of the scanned images a couple of days later isn’t that bad.
You’ll find by switching up your medium you’ll look at things a little differently. My street photography changed dramatically after I started shooting film. Give it a shot you really don’t have anything to lose.
This is extreme I know, some of you might not have the means to travel far but even a short weekend away can give you that push you need. If you can swing it of course nothing beats going overseas, but interstate trips can change things up enough or even locally. Go somewhere you have never been before. Enjoy it for what it is. Want somewhere to go check out this workshop I’m running in Paris later this year.
What else do you do that keeps you motivated?