15 Ways to Stay Photographically Inspired

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Sometimes we get into a creative rut that limits us and what we can do. If you’re shooting commercial work all the time, it’s important to keep building personal work to keep your creative edge alive. But if you’re shooting for yourself, then it’s important to just go out there and shoot. And even though it’s a tough task, finding inspiration or vision in nearly anything can also help you to progress creatively.

But for the moment, here are 15 quick tips on how to stay photographically inspired.

Find a Balance Between Taking the Camera With You and Living Life

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Shoot Medium Format Instant Film and Learn To Force You to Learn From Your Exposure Mistakes

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Look at the World In Terms of a Focal Length and Apply it to Your Normal Vision

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Use Bokeh as Nothing Else But a Creative Depth of Field Effect

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Be More Discerning When You Take Photos

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Shoot JPEG Black and White

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Go To Galleries and Look at New Work

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Look at the New Work With an Open Mind and No Pretenses

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Cull Your Website Portfolio, and Be Brutal On Your Own Work

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Work With Limitations

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Imagine Your Scene as a Time Lapse

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Go for Long Exposures on a Tripod

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Use Google Maps to Explore Places, Then Plan a Trip

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Wake Up at 3 or 4 in the Morning to Go Get a Shot

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Let Your Inner Child Out

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