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Recovering your Photographic Mojo

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redbaron is onlineSilver Member
28 March 2017 14:49
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I'm sure I am not the only one ot have been there in the past. Thankfully I have always managed to find some online source of inspiration to jolt me back into my passion.
One such site that helped reboot my photographic enthusiasm in the past was creative live and their policy of running courses live and free prior to putting on sale. SO. what site or resource have you found that gave fresh inspiration when the spirit was starting to sag a little?

A list of the current photography courses coming up on creative live
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29 March 2017 01:31
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My mojo's almost always been affected by external influences such as bad health, finances, having a crap time at work etc. For the past 3/4 years I don't seem to have had a break from one thing or another which is irritating to say the least, as past experience has taught me never to shoot when you're not in a good way and especially stressed.

Other than that, simply wanting to reverse engineer some technique/lighting style works for me, or simply buying some new piece of equipment that I'm keen to try out. I've only ever attended courses when in the swing of shooting in the first place, as I'd feel I won't pick anything up if my 'photography head' isn't screwed on properly for the course.
When you are dead, you do not know that you are dead. All of your pain is felt by others. The same thing happens when you are stupid.


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31 March 2017 09:14
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Moving house is a killer.


Paul Jones is off-line
31 March 2017 11:48
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Quote from redbaron
what site or resource have you found that gave fresh inspiration when the spirit was starting to sag a little?



I watch a lot of photography-related films on Youtube and Vimeo.

Damien's blog always inspires me - https://www.prophotonut.com/
Plus I've bought most of his DVDs/videos.

Here are a couple of photographers that I also admire:

Simon Bolz - http://www.simonbolz.com/portfolio/

Martin Wieland - http://www.martinwieland.at/pages/photos.php


Best regards
Paul





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31 March 2017 13:13
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Sux when you're stuck in a rut.

Hi, welcome to the rut...


redbaron is onlineSilver Member
31 March 2017 13:59
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Quote from AndyGStudios
Sux when you're stuck in a rut. Hi, welcome to the rut...



Been there got bored. The views not great either and the company terrible. Well worth the climb back out.
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31 March 2017 14:13
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Here, bored...

agreed...

The sides are slippy, and the hope is but a glimmer, but I keep dropping people messages... yet to hear back from anyone mind. Got an expensive 10mm lens here, yet to use it for anything. Bought it for the mojo-boosting climb out.

Still in the pit... playing with filters on old images. I guess im gonna be here for some time, at least till I get some real disposable cash flowing again. Seems to be all about paying exorbitant sums these days, comply or sod off. Hope the scene one day returns to the vibrant creative community it once was - I miss that.


redbaron is onlineSilver Member
01 April 2017 03:09
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Quote from AndyGStudios
Here, bored... agreed... The sides are slippy, and the hope is but a glimmer, but I keep dropping people messages... yet to hear back from anyone mind. Got an expensive 10mm lens here, yet to use it for anything. Bought it for the mojo-boosting climb out. Still in the pit... playing with filters on old images. I guess im gonna be here for some time, at least till I get some real disposable cash flowing again. Seems to be all about paying exorbitant sums these days, comply or sod off. Hope the scene one day returns to the vibrant creative community it once was - I miss that.



While I seem to find the female nude as agreable as most photographers perhaps its time to look at other areas too. I can find models and MUA's to collaborate when needed but I find they much prefer fashion and conceptual ideas with a clear shoot plan. I have over seventy inquiries on a simple headshot casting to sort on a site few think about for modelling. Thats the great thing about cameras. You can point them at about anything and something learned in one area can usually be used in another.

What about Photigy for example. Still got to be better than the crap on TV most evenings surely. I've sold shots of empty bottles and wine glasses on Alamy more than once!

Another site I like to visit every now and then is Phlearn. Again they some great free tutorials that may kick off ideas

The hardest part is learning to ignore George, as Julia Kelleher called that voice in her head. You know the one, its been on here a few times of late. The one that is alwasy saying you are not good enough. This or that will never work. People will never buy your work, models won't work with you. blah blah blah. Like I said the company is terrible down there.
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01 April 2017 05:48
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I hear ya, and ya, i'm always on phlearn lol, despite being a photoshop user since the mid 90's - there's always something fresh to practice. Re: Other areas, I do, in fact, find nudes a bit boring now, it's been done to death, nice till you learn how to light a body, after that, there's not much challenge to be had. At the same time, I don't think it's wise to pay to get a headshot you can't actually do anything with, it should really have a purpose. Once you have a portfolio, it should be selling your time and skills in showing what you can do; continuously overtreading the same ground is pointless, as is continually showing your work to the wrong audience - and I think that's what's going on here.

I think the next step for me, is in ditching these sites and selling what I have through sites such as alamy as you mentioned, and to go learn marketing. They say shoot what you love, then sell that in places that buy it. Models aren't biting, so maybe im a bit wasted here. The hard bit is figuring out what to do next, and I think the marketing angle might well be it. Reviving the mojo could well be a red herring, especially if there's nothing left to revive, i've done what I set out to do.

Also you look at the environment, sites are quiet, Mansion Studios closes today and is selling off props (not by any means the first in the last 12 months). We've got Jan Cotterill accusing Purpleport of hacking and taking down her competing website (Source: Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/jan.everton.1?fref=ts&ref=br_tf ) with accusations of porn involved (unless it's an April 1st thing.) It's an environment not condusive of the creative work together mindset.

What happened to it all? People used to seek out good photographers, now photographers have to do all the chasing, begging to work for free just to practice. There's no end result without photographers and their skills, where did it all go wrong.

Take group shoots that involve fashion houses. Studio gets paid, model gets paid, might even get to keep the outfit or jewelery. The fashion house gets the pics as part of the deal in bringing the dress. So... everyone is paid in some form, just, not the photographer - they do all the paying out to attend. You're essentially paying, to work. Who does that ??? What happened to the fashion house (in this example) having to buy (at a reduced rate) the resulting pics, so that the photographer has some money to come back another day and do it again, or invest in better kit. There's no encouragement, its all an uphill crawl with no apparent reward at the end other than the satisfaction of saying "ya, I did that"

With weddings, everything has set prices, till it comes to the photographer, then they go with the cheapest available unless you'll do it for less. It's just not the coveted and appreciated skill as it once was. Very disheartening and no incentive to keep going. No wonder it's all gone quiet. Kudos to those who can make it work.


redbaron is onlineSilver Member
01 April 2017 08:43
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I'm keeping clear of spats between sites. I don't need them to run my business. As you say the point of the model sites was to build portfolios or find paid work in both directions. As for the portrait studios they will come and go of course, that's life but there is good money being made. Ditto weddings. The hard part is getting into the mindset where you are not tempted to get dragged into a race to the bottom. I was lucky I accept that. I did not have to make money immediately so I could take risks. It is far easier saying this is my price and mean it when you can afford to watch the client walk away.

Sales and marketing are definitely what makes or breaks things. That is what gets you into the real meat instead of desperately fighting for the loose crumbs.

No need to pay for doing portraits. plenty of ways to get people in for portfolio building and there is a point but only if that is the market you are aiming to make a living at of course. I'm actually in the process of swapping out much of my nude work on the sites as I do think it puts models off who are not interested in that work. I suppose they fear getting pushed to work to higher levels.

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