All out of love with my camera

All out of love with my camera

30 posts
9 Feb 2014
SMILESPHOTO
Photographer
SMILESPHOTO
Next month, six months will have passed by since I picked up a camera. My confidence has wained and incentive robbed. I thought that having my equipment returned to me last December would have been the catalyst to start shooting again but alas, no.

I'm not looking for words of encouragement but was wondering if anyone else here has experienced anything similar after being deprived of their beloved camera, whether it be from breakage, loss or deprivation and if so, how long it took to get back into the swing of things
Posted 9 Feb 2014
canoncan
Photographer
canoncan
Hi
I am In the same position , I have not shot since August last year
It is on my part, life just getting in the way
iHave put up a casting call this evening and am waiting for a response and am really looking forward to it
The reasons that have a negative effect are the constant chasing
Will they won't they shoot then to be let down
It is absolutely frustrating beyond belief
Time and expense as well

However , ideas , concepts and the creativity overtakes it.

Just recently , my wife wanted me to give up photography
For a number of reasons ,one of which was the time
But I have succesfully argued my corner and I will continue
Unless I don't get what I want out of it.

You are not alone my friend take your time it's not law you have too shoot
Do other things find out what it is that you want to put your effort into
And if it's not taking pictures then it will be something else you enjoy

Rich


Posted 9 Feb 2014
davidhibberd
Photographer
davidhibberd
A camera is just a tool isn't it. (I am struggling not to be encouraging) As and when the time is right I am sure all will fall into place. On the other hand why not be pragmatic - resolve to pick up your camera and go and photograph something readily available and work at making a worthwhile result. Its just like riding a bike innit - but some folk cant do that and its much harder than photography.

Posted 9 Feb 2014
stefanschiefer
Photographer
stefanschief..
There's an incredible book called "creative 52" which really helped me out of a rut!

We've all been there, I'll be honest, I'm feeling like I'm still in it now but that book is amazing.

So many unique and positive ideas, which really make you think.

Stefan

Posted 9 Feb 2014
Catuaba
Photographer
Catuaba
No matter what you do in life or where you go, whether it be photography or another hobby or business, or anything. There will always be problems. Some of these problems are there to shape us as individuals, provide us with life experience, make us stronger, alter our paths if they need it. Some are there because the world is such a mess that there's too much panic and confusion and you cant really seem to get enjoyment out of anything anymore without there being someone around to spoil it. Progression, was of course a good thing originally, albeit perhaps just went on too long. If you get disheartened now with photography, then the next hobby, business, idea that has a twist in it will also be placed on the back burner too with the attitude of 'oh I'm not bothering with that anymore'. It's not your circumstances but of course your attitude to them, how you deal with them, when life squeezes you the behaviour of a winner or loser comes out. If you need a motivation watch les brown on youtube. But there will be many people feeling the same pinch, whatever the circumstances and even if they are different. I'm sure on here we have some time served experienced photographers who have dabbled in weddings, and now feel since you can walk into any supermarket and buy a dslr that their trade and skill is undermined. In some ways I guess it's nice that things like photoshop are so expensive, although of course there will always be pirate copies, it's perhaps separating every single household from saying 'oh photoshop, yeah I can do that'.
Times are hard for everyone, but don't feel any less of a person doing something you enjoy, If you know it's all good. Amen

Posted 9 Feb 2014
johnlp
Photographer
johnlp
I've been working on a number of "projects" over the last two years, nothing ambitious, just ideas I wanted to get my teeth into. I've got 5 more shoots booked, and then that's it. I reckon I will have tried everything on my "to do" list, so I'm going to take a long break, 3, 4 or more months.

BUT, I've thought that before, then come back with a new perspective and got stuck in again. There's more to do than just this type of photography, lots of totally different things to try, but it's always here if I want to come back.

So don't feel bad about taking a break, see it as an opportunity to do something else.

Posted 9 Feb 2014
magpie1
Photographer
magpie1
Maybe try a completely new photographic subject, that you've never done before, hopefully something you'll find a bit difficult , so you'll have to really try hard to get something out of it. A lot of Mojo deficiency can come from being stale and referring back to previous stuff, rather than looking forward to new.

Posted 9 Feb 2014
Andy_B
Photographer
Andy_B
I've just been really busy... and shooting with my DSLR involves time, money, organisation so I haven't done much.

What I have done is picked up a Ricoh GR. This is so small, light and easy to carry it's really put the fun back into shooting.

Might be worthwhile picking up a small camera with limited functions (such as no zoom). Takes away a lot of the technical decision making, and leaves just creativity.

Posted 10 Feb 2014
frankpht
Photographer
frankpht
I'm ready to shoot at the drop of a hat. Trouble is all the models are keeping their hats on. Nothing we can tell you will get you out of the rut you are in. If you really want to shoot you will. Life will throw things at you what you have to do is duck. So you get hit from time to time but you recover. As the song goes Pick yourself up. Dust yourself down and start all over again. It's all within you if you can't get it out we ain't gonna be able to do it for you.

You have to think on the good times you've had shooting reflecting on the negative is bad. So no bad only good. I shoot very little these days and it isn't for the want of trying. It would be easy to put the camera away but you never know what's around the corner. I'm hoping for a model without a hat on.

Posted 10 Feb 2014
anthonyh
Photographer
anthonyh
I used to teach art students who would sometimes say they weren't in the mood to work...I pointed out that if I was their employer I probably wouldn't be in the mood to pay them....or even keep them on. It usually worked a treat. However....cameras are ultimately just tools...and sometimes the challenge of working with a new tool can provide some degree of motivation. When I want to do something entirely different (photographically speaking) I get out my MF film camera, load a roll of film....grab my 30 yr old analogue meter....and just find somewhere interesting to spend a couple of hours. I'm always glad I did it, although being able to dev and scan film is an advantage. I often carry a Canon G10 with me and that has a similar benefit....once I have a camera on me my mind is always looking for interesting pics. I haven't done a model shoot since October and don't miss it.....I am enjoying landscape / seascape with my other point and shoot...a Canon G1X...and will probably take a 35mm rangefinder (film) out next time as well.....once it stops raining that is!
Posted 10 Feb 2014
OldMaster
Photographer
OldMaster
"Its just like riding a bike innit - but some folk cant do that and its much harder than photography"

Really? Perhaps that's part of the problem! Actually doing photography even a bit well requires a lot more skill than riding a bike which most kids learn by the age of 5 or so. Try teaching them about apertures, shutter speeds, focal lengths, white balance, DOF, ISO, etc. There have been volumes of work written about photography, probably less about riding a bike! And that's before you get to teach them the bit you can't, the creativity?

Tackle it from a different perspective, read some books and articles about different aspects of photography and visit a few exhibitions to learn and see something new. David Bailey is on for a start and that should trigger something!

Its the desire to take pictures that is missing at the moment, the tool box is just there to provide you with the means when you next feel motivated to return to creativity?

Posted 10 Feb 2014
davidhibberd
Photographer
davidhibberd
OldMaster

"Its just like riding a bike innit - but some folk cant do that and its much harder than photography" Really? Perhaps that's part of the problem! Actually doing photography even a bit well requires a lot more skill than riding a bike which most kids learn by the age of 5 or so. Try teaching them about apertures, shutter speeds, focal lengths, white balance, DOF, ISO, etc. There have been volumes of work written about photography, probably less about riding a bike! And that's before you get to teach them the bit you can't, the creativity?


You have missed the point entirely but thats no problem. For the benefit of the OP (who probably understood anyway) what I meant was that once you can ride a bike it is a skill that always stays with you - the same with photography and many other activities. As regards "Try teaching them about apertures, shutter speeds, focal lengths, white balance, DOF, ISO, etc. There have been volumes of work written about photography," I am with Andreas Feininger "A technically perfect photograph can be the worlds most boring picture" but then I'm just old - not an Old Master
Posted 10 Feb 2014
anthonyh
Photographer
anthonyh
davidhibberd

You have missed the point entirely but thats no problem. For the benefit of the OP (who probably understood anyway) what I meant was that once you can ride a bike it is a skill that always stays with you - the same with photography and many other activities. As regards "Try teaching them about apertures, shutter speeds, focal lengths, white balance, DOF, ISO, etc. There have been volumes of work written about photography," I am with Andreas Feininger "A technically perfect photograph can be the worlds most boring picture" but then I'm just old - not an Old Master


Unfortunately some cameras are more complicated than bikes...I suspect I will have to do a brief 'reminder' (maybe not so brief!!) when I start doing studio shoots again using a DSLR.....part of the reason I like reverting back to something 'basic'...as mentioned a post or two above.

I quite enjoy coaxing the max image quality out of film or a point and shoot...which is a challenge in itself and in some respects takes ones mind off the need to create 'great pictures'....although I don't do so bad....maybe the instinct to see a 'good' picture is always there even if consciously more concerned with mastering the tool to hand.....even a basic tool like a manual focus film camera and a hand held meter!

Anyway...works for me when I lack motivation...

Posted 10 Feb 2014
DorsetHammer
Photographer
DorsetHammer
SMILESPHOTO

Next month, six months will have passed by since I picked up a camera. My confidence has wained and incentive robbed. I thought that having my equipment returned to me last December would have been the catalyst to start shooting again but alas, no.

I'm not looking for words of encouragement but was wondering if anyone else here has experienced anything similar after being deprived of their beloved camera, whether it be from breakage, loss or deprivation and if so, how long it took to get back into the swing of things


Same for me I'm sorry to say. Had to have an emergency operation last July (on the day I was due to travel to Paris to photograph the TDF as happens every year). Wasn't signed off until second week in December and during that time with the depression that followed the op I seem to have lost my mojo. I know it will come back and it will take just a small spark to rekindle the flame but in the meantime I'm keeping busy with other things. If this bad weather ever passes I might actually get out and start with landscapes or sport before trying to connect with a model!  


Posted 11 Feb 2014
OldMaster
Photographer
OldMaster
Well David.. I fear it was at least ambiguous then? It makes none of the rest of my post irrelevant though. Unlike your reply which is so much more about you than helping the op.

Try and deal with your insecurity and inferiority complex rather than publish it here!

Posted 11 Feb 2014
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