3 April 2018

Finding Picture Inspiration

I’m going through a “can’t think of anything to flat lay or photograph” phase right now. Yes I know, a pretty standard phase to go through in ones life.

But it’s true, I’m completely stumped at what to put in front of my iPhone 8 camera right now! I wrote a blog post about my struggle with blogging photography a few weeks back. Don't get me wrong, it's getting better, but I still have those uninspiring days.

I know they say that you shouldn’t compare yourself as a blogger to other bloggers, it just completely deflates and brings you down. Looking at other bloggers photos and literally having the heart shaped eyes emoji look on your face makes me think, “Damn, why can’t I take beautiful aesthetic photos like that?!” Now comes the sad emoji face.
When I get that little pocket of inspiration, it’s all good, I take a (hopefully) good picture and it gets posted on my Instagram grid or it gets included in one of my blog posts. Happy days!
If you are one of those people who is struggling to take a decent flat lay or general photograph, here are some techniques and apps that may wake up that little creative part of your brain:

PINTEREST
My life saver when it comes to photo inspiration. This is the perfect app for looking up the kind of photo you want to achieve with the props you may have at hand to use. It really gets my little creativity be mind in a whirlwind looking at all the flat lays I can have a go at recreating (not copying though!) I have a board just for Flat lays alone.

MAGAZINES
This is one of my newest techniques to use to gain some wisdom. Different magazines are full of a variety of photos that you can try and recreate yourself. Also reading different articles can give you ideas for your next blog post. Killing two birds, eh?!

DESIGN  LAB
A new app which I have recently downloaded. I’ve really only used it to make the big hype that is Instagram Story templates. But if you wanted to create a good landscape Twitter caption photo, this is my go to. I’ve got a Canva account but I only use it on my laptop. DesignLab is quick and easy to use once you get the hang of it.

PEXELS  /  PIXABAY
Stock photo websites are a great source for photo creativity. Just search, for example, flowers, you’ll then get a whole range of flower photos which you could take pictures of not just outside, but inside too. Obviously you can search for other things apart from flowers, but you know where I’m coming from.

What's your way of finding photo inspiration when you need it?
 
Lucy
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