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How to Deal with Photography Depression

How to Deal with Photography Depression

Let me paint you a picture and you let me know if it sounds familiar. You buy yourself the latest and greatest camera. You treat yourself to an expensive lens. You tell yourself you're gonna take photography a lot more seriously. Cool. Awesome. Oh, wait what's that? Peter McKin just launched his new backpack. You start thinking to yourself Well this backpack looks pretty cool and mine's getting kind of owed even though I bought it six months ago. And this is gonna be perfect for when I go out of the country during my pay time off three months from now. Ordered Oh was Tad. Maddie Hoopla just recommended me the one and only lens that I would need. But that can't be right.

I already have this expensive lens. I know. I'll get this one and use folks. Ordered Whoa Whoa Whoa. Swapee recommended me a brand new gimbal. I've always planned on shooting videos even though I've never shoot videos my entire life. And this gimbal seems strong enough to hold that new lens that Mattie recommended to me. This is gonna be perfect. Ordered.

Then comes time for you to bring your gear to the first shoot in months or for that vacation that you've planned for just to be overwhelmed by the amount of gear that you suddenly accumulated unsure what to use first you start to use everything. You go home you offload your SD cards to your computer just to find out that your photos are crap. Your videos are crap. You have nothing usable. From that day. You start looking on Instagram wondering how your friends and peers take such amazing photos and yours look like crap. If you anger you feel like you're not good enough you start to wonder why the hell did you even pick up photography in the first place? You become sad.

You stop picking your camera wherever you go you stop watching your favorite YouTubers. You slowly start to deactivate your social media accounts. So that was an extreme picture that I just painted. And I at some point felt it at that level. That photography depression. When I first got started in photography even.

I know this topic is a little different but I personally myself is going through a little bit of a photography depression or the creative rut if you will and these things don't completely go away. But hopefully these tips today will help you deal with that a lot easier.

5 Tips to Deal with Creative Rut & Be Inspired Again

1. Slim down on the gear

I know it sounds weird coming from the Internet's biggest gas induce. You see a lot of videos cameras and the lenses and accessories but it's important on your end to shop responsibility, shop for what you need, and nothing more. Many people including myself easily succumbed to the influence that we see on the Internet. Often time photographers buy something just because their favorite YouTubers are using it only to feel guilty about it afterwards for wasting money and never ever using it like an expensive Gimbal.

If you are feeling this way it is important to start reminding yourself why you guys to photography in the first place and start eliminating gear that has nothing to do with your passion. I know it seems like making YouTube videos are cool but if your passion is only in photography to stick to photography start selling the lenses and start selling the gear that you haven't been using for a while now. I know it is incredibly difficult to do that. I've been there before.

If that's the case just lock them up and start using one lens and one lens only. Challenge yourself as the saying goes back to the basics then solely reintroduce the other gear aspects of photography. When you start feeling bored or stuck and see how it can help you further your skills don't buy gear for the sake of buying gear.

2. Stop being so hard on yourself on your creations

Oftentimes I see people get way too caught up with the technical aspect of photography that they stop sharing. They stop creating because of it. They start focusing a lot more on the correct shutter speed or having the right ISO settings or the sharpness of the lens to the point where even if the Photo is a little bit blurry they just beat themselves over it. Or worse blame their camera or blame the gear. So my advice is to stop looking at the right setting and start looking at how the photo makes you feel.

If you snap the photo and it's a little bit blurry but it still looks pretty cool. Just share it. Just post it on your social media. Share the story behind that photo. And I promise you there are people out there who will still like your photo. Coming from experience I only got better at photography and videography because I shared my work on the internet and constantly kept on creating.

3. Start shooting photos for yourself

This is especially true if you're doing photography as a business. When you're a photographer doing business you are shooting for someone else. You're not shooting for yourself and you will get burnt out really quickly. Photography suddenly becomes a job and not fun so you have to start reminding yourself why you got started photography in the first place. Was it just a hobby or did you wanted to use it to create like a dope aesthetically pleasing Instagram page?

Whatever it is return to it and start creating for yourself. Not for the money not for other people. And you'll be surprised how much better you will get in your photography when you have your heart and passion in it. And you may be surprised when those paid opportunity comes that are seeking for that photography style that is uniquely and personally yours.

4. Travel

This is super cliche but travel. If you can't travel start going into a new area somewhere that you've never been before. Even if it's 10 miles outside of your house. We are often in a creative rut because we are stuck doing the same routine.

But how has traveling helped us?
Traveling inspired us in different ways because it got our creative juices flowing because everything was new and fresh to us. So we always wanted to go out and capture everything different because it was like one of those moments where I'm scared. It's fleeting and we're never going to see it again. So we always want to capture it. And one of my favorite trips was Hong Kong because we booked that Super spontaneous no planning.

Booked two weeks out. I was like Googling cheap flights anywhere and Hong Kong popped up and it was one of the places I've always wanted to go as we landed. And everything was fresh and different but it still kind of felt like home. It was still a little bit familiar. So we weren't scared to go on and explore. So we just went out and we took photos everywhere took random videos. I was exploring different little alleyways. It was just really fun.

5. Get yourself a photography buddy

Get yourself involved in the community like going to the gym. Having a friend that goes with you will help keep you accountable. There is nothing more exciting than having a friend that Rouse you up about going to a newfound local spot just to take some freaking photos. So get yourself involved. Find yourself a community. Find these local meetups for photography and you'll be surprised how many local ones that are around you. And if there's nothing around you be the one who starts one. As an introvert myself I am telling you to strut your social muscle to make it happen. But trust me when you surround yourself in a community that shares the same passion and same hobby as you do social interaction becomes a lot easier.

And a few of my personnel close photography and videography friends comes from these kinds of events or the organizations that I joined. So go out and actively seek for these kinds of groups. Seek for these kinds of events. Perhaps your local camera store is throwing together an event this weekend. I know for a fact in Los Angeles on November 8th and November 9th at Sammy's Camera Los Angeles Fairfax location. This event is completely free. I'm personally going to be there.

I want to be giving talks on both days but come out make yourself some new friends get involved in the community. That's going to keep you a kind of both to keep on creating photos. And no you don't have to be shooting Sony to come out. Whatever camera systems you're using just come out and come hang out with us. Share with me your story. Are you in a photography depression right now? Are you stuck in a creative rut? Or maybe you just get out of it? Let me know in the comments down below.

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