When you begin the photography journey, you are immediately mesmerized with the magic of the camera. You take pictures of a rock,  a bug or a leaf. You download your masterpieces on your editing software and dazzle in your own photographic genius. But as with all new toys, after a few weeks, you may lose interest in your camera . You may have to focus on your responsibilities of work and family. These are the most difficult times for novice photographer.  When the realism hits that you are not immediatley going to work for National Geographic on assignment in Sudan or asked by Anna Wintour (Vogue editor) to shoot a Ralph Lauren fall fashion spread, it can be depressing. But it's okay, your dreams of one day taking that award winning photograph and being adored by the photography community is not lost yet. But keeping yourself inspired is your first step. Here are a few tips to help.

        Keep your camera with you as much as possible. Inspiration can hit you at a moments notice. You may see an exotic bird, a beautiful flower, or an awesome sunset. But without your camera, you can't share that amazing vision with anyone. Real photographers never go anywhere without their trusty best friend.

        Study other photographers work. When you visit websites like 500px,  you can get ideas of what is trending in photography. I have an eclectic collection in my gallery but some of my pictures are more popular than others. Now some would argue that you should not try to mimic other photographers. I do agree with this premise in theory, but sometimes, you can get inspired to move from shooting pets to skylines or landscapes. In the end you still must photograph what pleases your eye...because there will be someone moved by your visionary inspiration.

        Take pictures of your native habitat. We tend to think that we have to get in a car and drive to find inspiration. But more than likely, your natural habitat can hold some very inspiring shots.  A good example is that favorite vase your grandmother gave you.  Take your wedding ring off and place it on rose petals for a depth in field shot. By the way, that can be a great anniversary gift, too. Take a picture of your children watching television without them not knowing your there. Practice action shots with your dogs running and playing outside. Your natural habitat is a safe environment to learn more about your camera while making great memories. If you have a way to find inspirational shots, let me know. I could always use inspiration myself. Happy shooting!

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