5 tips for becoming inspired and capturing more photographs


posted Monday, April 16, 2018 at 1:30 PM EDT


It's not always easy to get motivated to go out shooting. To help fire you up to capture shots, Chelsea Northrup has published a new video featuring five tricks to help inspire you.

She kicks off with the idea that you should find a muse. It doesn't have to be something complex or innovative, it just has to allow you to challenge yourself and get excited about capturing images. She uses the example of the painter Claude Monet, who painted the same water lilies in his yard hundreds of times. Sometimes looking at the same thing in a new way can be enough to get the creative juices flowing. An example closer to home for Chelsea is that Tony Northrup captured shots of the same lighthouse near their home many times in different conditions.

Another tip for finding inspiration is to give yourself a job. Suppose you want to be a fashion photographer or photograph sports but you can't find work in that field. Make your own work, get your gear and go out and shoot what you want to shoot, even if it's not in the exact way you hope for. Sometimes you've got to make your own opportunities.

(Via Tony & Chelsea Northrup