How to get out of photographic stagnation

I always analyze my work and I get a big worry in my head: Is this good? We get into a photographic rut and we feel like we’ve been doing the same thing over and over again for a long time. But you have to calm down that’s not true.

Blockages are natural, it’s our desire to improve our work, refresh it and it’s something we have to do. From then on it is our duty to seek some method of grabbing a momentum that will carry us forward.

It may be a difficult thing to do, but before you panic and go into denial, take a breath

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Our life as a photographer is full of continuous experiences. Each one of them changes our vision little by little. We see the work of other photographers that influence us, we read things that inspire us, we interact with people who pose elements of our images, and we see places that impose new photographic challenges on us. This is why we evolve as people and as photographers.

My strategy that I find useful in my case is to look at the work of photographers on social media, I look for films with the best cinematography and analyze why they get those accolades.

I would also tell you to make a 15-day photography challenge where you dedicate at least 15 days a month to taking portrait photographs; take photographs in a style that is foreign to you.

Experiment with different editing methods, watching YouTube videos to get new looks from other photographers that by mixing them with your own you can find a new style.

I hope I can help you reboot your mind.

What are you doing to get out of photographic stagnation?