Photographers Block

Over the weekend, I was having a conversation with a mobile photographer about “Photographers Block”.

She was so blue about having little-to-no motivation or inspiration in her photography path.

The photographer equivalent of “writer’s block” is sometimes called “photographer’s block” or “creative block”. It is a state in which a photographer feels uninspired, unmotivated, or unable to create new or original images.

It can happen for various reasons, such as lack of time, energy, resources, feedback, or confidence. It can also be caused by external factors, such as weather, location, or competition.

There are many ways to deal with photographer’s block and overcome the creative slump. Some of my common suggestions would be:

Try a different genre or style of photography. For example, if you usually shoot landscapes, try portraits or street photography.

Challenge yourself with a specific theme, project, or assignment. For example, you can join a photo challenge online, start a 365 project, or follow a prompt from a book or website.

Experiment with new techniques, apps, equipment, or editing software. For example, you can try using filters, lenses, lighting, or presets to create different effects or moods in your photos.

Seek inspiration from other sources, such as books, magazines, blogs, podcasts, or online galleries. You can also learn from other photographers by watching tutorials, taking courses, joining workshops, or participating in forums.

Take a break from photography and do something else that relaxes you or stimulates your creativity. For example, you can read, write, draw, listen to music, watch a movie, meditate, exercise, or travel.

Don’t get too discouraged. Just keep clicking.



Jack Hollingsworth