Back to Basics: Thoughts on the Photographer's Block / by David Fattibene

Few weeks ago we spent a nice weekend in the Monferrato Region (South of Piedmont, Italy), this countryside area is really beautiful with vineyards everywhere.

I had experienced a small photography's block and watching again the few pictures taken during those two days these reasons came into my mind

  1. No preparation before the weekend (aka no subjects in mind, no specific story to tell) 
  2. Due to point 1 we spent to much time in the car than walking around to get inspiration and we were not able to understand where we should stay during the golden hours.
  3. It was the first time there, which imply the POINT 1 is a MUST :)

This shoot is taken with my iPhone which represent my typical Photography's Block condition, I was just lazy to take out my DSLR

On sunday morning we had a nice visit of Uviglie Castle and its winery, it was very interesting and only at the end I've taken some pictures. Next time I have to shoot, to imagine a subject and then transform it in sequence of photos.

Tips from the blogosphere with some personal comments (below the links)

  1. Go Out and Shoot > Some times it isn't enough, it happens to come back home with nothing anyway, there is a time, a mood to be found.
  2. Get out from your comfort zone > Shoot people, this is tricky
  3. Restrict yourself (i.e. Find a Color, Use only a fix lens, etc ...) > This is great, so many times I bring my 7-8kg of photographic materials and I end up shooting only with my 50mm
  4. Shoot feelings
  5. Shoot street photography > this is the easiest one, then getting great result out of them is another story
  6. Shoot Technical Photography That You Haven’t Tried Before
  7. Go somewhere new > BUT > Prepare yourself
  8. Collaborate
  9. Became a mentor > it is nice to share your knowledge, and to challenge yourself explaining what is so obvious for you.
  10. Try new gear > Unfortunately this is great, I'm not a GEAR ADDICTED guy, but I'm still an engineer. We can spend hours discussing on the quote " GEAR doesn't Matter ", but good gears in good hands will make a great job.

Some additional tips that came out in my mind and are 

  1. Keep a list of photographic's ideas, personally I forget nearly 70% of the ideas
  2. Prepare yourself and pre-visualize the results you want to get on the field, then it might happen that you will do something completely different
  3. Keep imagination running > point 2 in a daily basis, it is a personal attitude to prevent photographer's block, you will always see something interesting to shoot
  4. Add some graphic elements on your pictures, like billboards or advertisements
  5. There are days where it is really better to do something else, just as simple as that

Here the source's blog post that can help when you are feeling some photographic's block

Of course saying is one thing, doing is another (straight translation from an Italian saying)