5 Tips to Stay Inspired During the Winter Months

Winter months can be some of the hardest months for photography. If you’re like me, you might get a little unhappy when the sun doesn’t show up for days. I have to look for different ways to stay inspired. These tips will help you stay motivated in the winter months.

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I think one thing that really helps with winter photography is keeping it in mind when editing. My style is darker in general, so I didn’t really have to change it much. But winter months are dark. If your style is  usually bright, try mixing it up. You might like the result better.

All images in this post were taken with my Nikon D610 and my old 50mm 1.8 lens.

1. go on a photo walk

If it’s not too cold outside, go on a photo walk! It will boost your inspiration because you’ll be photographing new things. If it’s too cold, try to find an indoor location that you can photograph in. Like a museum or aquarium. There are endless possibilities!

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2. practice a photography technique

Light can sometimes be hard to find in the winter time. And bad light = no inspiration. Instead of focusing on light (like I usually do), focus on your composition. Focus on texture. Practice free lensing. Practice getting genuine smiles with your children. Practice your self portraits. There are so many different techniques you can practice while waiting for that yummy light to come back.

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3. shoot nature

Winter is the perfect time to take nature shots. Why? Because even dead things can be beautiful. And nature + snow = GORGEOUS! Plus you can always go and buy some flowers from the store to macro shoot. I also find that macro works best with soft light, that you so often get in the winter time. Window light on an overcast day can be soooo beautiful. Or even just an overcast day outside can be beautiful for nature shots.

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4. read photography material

If you’re anything like me, you probably have a ton of photography materials lying around just waiting for you to read. These photography materials could include a photography book, a Clickin Moms breakout or class material, or even catching up on your favorite blog! Maybe even some YouTube videos. Just pick something to read and then practice what you read!

5. seek the light, but don’t get discouraged when you can’t find it

I mentioned above how bad light = no inspiration. But, the opposite could actually be true! The weeks where there is nothing but overcast skies are the worst. But you can still get good light if you just seek it. OR if you still feel uninspired, you can always create your own light! I’ve gotten creative and used my car headlights in order to mimic that beautiful golden light. And it worked! Get creative and have fun with it.

What are some ways you like to stay inspired in the winter months? Share in the comments below!

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