In photography, as it is with most jobs, keeping passion alive can become a challenge. Creating work that brings you joy and boosting your imagination to stay on top of your competition can be tiring, especially when photography is your full-time job.
In this article, we prepared some tips to help you have fun with your commercial photography, fuel your inspiration and avoid burnout!
Do you remember being a kid? Whenever you got a new toy, the boredom would fade away (for a while at least). For photographers, equipment, new lights, lens, or fun props can have the same effect.
And yes, we know that professional photography is not a cheap industry for gear upgrades, but that shouldn't be a barrier. You can always rent or borrow equipment, studios, photography lights, or props. The best part about renting is that you get to test gear and shake up your work in a cost-effective way.
Sometimes, it's hard not to be serious when you are very focused on getting the composition, framing, and light just right in your photography; however rHowever, remember that overthinking is creativity's number one enemy, so try to lighten up.
Instead of getting a perfect shot, get people to move, dance, play, interact and challenge yourself to take candid photos. If you've always focused on getting it right, you can lose the chance to take spontaneous shots that feel real and carry emotion.
Learning something new is inspiring, and it keeps your creative juices flowing. If your main job is commercial photography, complement it with a new skill like video, image editing, graphic design, or photoshopping.
Developing a new skill is good for your mental health, and it might even be good for your business, as you can grow your service list as you get better.
Did you get every possible angle in your product images? Now it's time to look even closer. Go macro, focus on texture and play around with light and angles. Macro shots can uncover a whole new universe in your product images and help highlight fantastic features or fabrics.
If new ideas just won't hit you, browsing other photographers' feeds can trigger you to create something new. Check out social media newsfeeds, portfolios, blogs, or stock photo websites to get brainstorming.
Other forms of art might also trigger the birth of new ideas, so visit a museum, an art gallery or watch a movie. Keep an open eye around, observe the world and apply it to your work.
Image editing is one of the most time-consuming tasks a photographer can have. However, if you automate it, you immediately will free up time to focus on creativity, networking, or finding new clients.
For example, if you want to remove background from your product images, you can use PixelPro.AI, a machine learning-based tool that will remove the background from your ideas, so you don't have to.
There are so many options to spark creativity and inspiration that you don't have any excuse to be bored! So tell us, what do you do when you want to have fun with commercial photography?