But as soon as I returned home to my routine, I began to experience a creative crisis. I really had nothing to photograph. How many times can I photograph the same bush, the same tree, the same pond, and the same ducks?
№1 Change the way you look at things
Sometimes it's just a change of perspective. Literally. Suppose you have pine trees in your area. Nothing unusual - simple pine trees, which are quite common in most areas.
Have you ever tried to look at one of them through a macro lens? Perhaps you can photograph individual pine needles. What does a tree look like when it snows? Can you isolate the snow on the needles? How do pine cones look in a macro lens? All this makes it possible for interesting photos. Just change your perspective 360 degrees from what you usually do!
Try looking at a boring thing with a new or different lens. A macro lens or even a close up filter is a good way to get closer to a boring subject.
The image on the left is a local pond in winter. Nothing interesting happens here. But last winter we had an ice storm, and the pine tree was covered with ice. This allowed us to make some interesting compositions, as well as very cool macro shots!
Try a wide angle
The opposite of close-up is to try something that covers the whole scene. Use a wide-angle or ultra-wide-angle lens to change the perspective of the scene in front of you.
Here I used a wider angle to try to cover the entire area of ice on the tree. I really like the way the ice hangs from the branches. I almost got frostbite in this cold, but I got a decent shot, don't you think?
Pay attention to the details / texture
Textures are a great way to look at details in and around an object. The play of color, age and grain creates beautiful abstract images.
№2 Experiment with different lights
Light is one of the most important elements in photography. Sometimes boredom has nothing to do with location, but it depends on the quality of the light at the time you shoot. If you feel that what is around you is really uninteresting, try photographing the scene or subject in a different light than what you usually do.
Take a tripod and try to take pictures at night with a flash or a long exposure combined with light painting techniques. Try early morning or golden hour light when the light gets softer and the shadows are longer. Or go completely against the norm and try photographing in the harsh midday sun and combine the play of light and shadows.
Sometimes, when the light is beautiful and I don’t have a model, my dog poses for me. I just liked the way she sat bathing in the warm setting sun.
It was a little staging, but she just sat there when the setting sun entered the house on the left. I planted her so that she was half in the light and half in the shade. No props are needed - just the desired model and search for the right or another kind of light.
Sunsets and sunrises are perfect for your boring location. You just need to go outside and take a picture of this magnificent light!
№3 Simple special effects
This is due to the foregoing. Using simple tools such as a tripod, camera flash, gels, etc., can add an element of interest and change your boring images.
Here are a few more ideas to try out - motion blur with a very slow shutter speed and a fast-moving object, intentionally lacking focus to create an artistic image, panning while tracking a moving object, double exposures, etc.
I really like double exposure. When everything else fails and there is nothing interesting for photographing, I try to combine nature and portraits to create a double exposure effect. Most often, my pet is the only desired and talented model!
№4 Break the rules of composition
We all know such basic rules of compositions, as a rule of thirds, filling the frame, effective cropping without cropping body parts, using leading lines and shapes, symmetry and patterns, attention to the background, etc. But sometimes, when you don’t feel motivated and inspired or when you are dealing with an uninteresting background, try to break some or all of these rules to add interest and drama to your images.
Most food photos are always perfectly lit and placed on a perfectly white background. I decided to break some rules and photograph my morning smoothie in the harsh daylight that streamed through my kitchen window to use shadows in the frame, as well as give a more imperfect look to the blackberry.
I liked how my neighbor's tree was covered with flowers. So after much persuasion and bribery, my daughter agreed to pose, but she refused to look at the camera. So I covered my eyes, cut my hands and created another portrait with flowers that I liked.
№5 Try a street photo
Street photography is an interesting genre of photography because it includes people, and no matter where you are, they are always cheerful and interesting.
№6 Experiment with Post-Processing
If none of these ideas inspire you, try creating something interesting in post-processing. My post-processing software is Lightroom. You might want to try HDR processing for your images or a black and white theme. You can also use selective blurring, gradient filters and other tools to try to draw your images and create something interesting and new.
If you followed my work for some time, you know that my style is very light and airy. My images are clean and give a feeling of freshness even after my processing. The image on the left is my usual style. But for this article, and also to show that post-processing experiments are another way to overcome boredom, I edited all the images in a darker style.
On the left is how I usually process the image, and the image on the right is just experimenting with darker, deeper tones. I really like them, and I spent hours experimenting with the editing styles for this article.
I hope these ideas inspire you to experiment with your photo when you feel that your location is uninteresting and boring. Remember that unforgettable images are not always in cool, popular places - they are created when something simple or mundane tells an interesting story.
Posted by: Karthika Gupta