Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Inspiration Everywhere

Sometimes photographers get into a rut.  Admit it, we all do.  But Steve, what can I do to get out of my photography rut?  Well I'm glad you asked.  I do it in a bunch of ways, but primarily by shooting film.  As you might know I'm primarily a studio based digital editorial & beauty photographer for most of my photography.  That's my "professional" photography gig.

But to answer the question, to keep fresh I take my photography in other areas, genre's, themes, etc. to stay out of the rut.  That's really the easiest thing to do.  You can shoot a personal project, you can stick to a consistent theme for a shoot, shoot with a single lens, stick to 36 shots, shoot only the color blue for a project, copy a magazine editorial, shoot the same image every day for a month, etc. etc.  You get the idea.

Well, like I mentioned, to keep fresh when I'm not in studio I shoot street photography and I shoot with film cameras.  Except for a few film cameras that I like to shoot regularly, my "stay out of a rut" gig is to shoot a different film camera every time I go out.  

But wait Steve, isn't that expensive?  Not really.  There are literally thousands of film cameras out there no one is using.  You can ask a friend to donate their unused cameras, you can buy them online for little $$$.  Of course most quality film cameras hold their value and can be pricy.  I'm not talking about those.  I'm talking about stopping off at Goodwill and picking up 3 cameras for $10 type of bargain.

As an example, here's my current inventory of film cameras.  I have 35mm, 110mm, 120mm, & Polaroid film cameras.  Most of these cameras (almost all of the point & shoots) were picked up at Goodwill.  The rest were given to me, purchased online, or purchased at flea-markets.  Bottom-line, if you are a smart buyer you can get good value.

So that's my "get my hiney out of a photography rut" solution, I shoot film and different cameras.  

So what have you got???

OK, some of these are pricey, but not overpriced

All of these cameras were given to me, purchased at Goodwill or at flea markets

My Polaroids were all purchased at Goodwill, except for 2 SX-70's on the top row & 1 Spectra

A bin of cameras ready to be used!

2 more bins of cameras that would loved to be used

I totally dig Polaroids

More cameras!!

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