Travel photographers get to traverse the world in search of one-of-a-kind photo ops, so finding interesting things to capture usually isn’t a problem for them. But what if you’re limited in terms of mobility and find yourself shooting in the same locations, day after day? Things can quickly start to feel dry and “boring.”
If you’re just starting out in photography and that describes how you feel about where you are, here’s a nice video that may inspire you and jump start your creativity. In it, photography instructor Mike Browne offers some advice on how to take interesting photos in seemingly mundane places.
“It’s very hard to see pictures somewhere that you’ve already done to death,” Browne says. But one thing to remember is that what is commonplace to you may be special to someone else. We often take what’s in our “own backyard” for granted, so try seeing it from the perspective of an outsider.
The trick is to get out there and start taking photos instead of complaining how dull the place is. Really look around you, look at the light and imagine what someone else would think of the place. As you begin shooting you’ll start to see more images and the whole creative process snowballs.
As with so many things in life, this all starts with seeing things through a new set of eyes.