How To Get Out Of A Creative Rut

I received an email from a photographer named Tim. He said how he is struggling to keep his landscape photography fresh and not get stuck in a creative rut. So today I want to talk about how to get out of a creative rut.

Tim is not the first person to talk to me about getting out of a creative rut or a photography rut.

Ruts can also be called blocks, or funks.

I have talked about creative ruts a bunch of times in various forms, but today I want to address it together in one video.

My favorite way to get out of a creative rut is to go on a 3-mile Photowalk. These are where you walk from your house, a mile and a half in one direction. Hopefully, a path you do not usually walk. You put on music, bring a camera, one lens, and go. Not only will you see things to photograph you’ve never seen before, but you will also get some fitness into your day as well. A mile a half in one direction means another mile and a half back home. Walking 3 miles will feel good physically and mentally, which can help creative blocks, funks, or anything else you want to call it.

Other ways to get out of your photography rut is to try new things, whether its street photography, portraits, products, bugs, or something else.

You can rent new equipment you’ve always wanted to try.

Or try new software, even if it’s a trial. Never tried Luminar, ON1, or Affinity? Give them a try.

You can also do a combination of those things.

Change can break walls down and open your mind to new ideas.

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I received an email from a photographer named Tim. He said how he is struggling to keep his landscape photography fresh and to not get stuck in a creative rut. So today I want to talk about how to get out of a creative rut. Hey, this is Scott one couple. It’s a storyteller with a camera talking about all the things photographers like you and I are thinking about. And in this video we’re going to be talking about creative roots and how to get out of it. So Tim is not the first person to ask me or talk to me about creative ruts and and getting out of them and avoiding them and things like that. Photography, ruts, ruts in general. They could be called blocks folks or a bunch of other terms that I’m probably not thinking about right now. I have talked about creative Russ in a variety of formats, but today I want to talk about it in this video.

My absolute favorite way to get out of a photography or creative rut is to go on what I call a three mile photo walk. These are where you walk for a mile and a half from your house, hopefully on a path, a direction that you don’t normally go. You put on music, you bring your camera one lens and you go. Not only will you see things to photograph that you haven’t before, some things you’ve never photographed before, but you also get some fitness along the way. One mile and a half in one directions means that when you have to return back home, it’s another mile and a half the opposite direction. Hence three mile photo walk. Walking. Three miles will feel good physically and mentally, which can help get out of a creative block. Other ways to get out of a photography rut is to just try new things, whether that’s street photography or portraits or some new landscape or bugs, macro photography, baby photography.

Another way is to rent equipment, rent equipment that you’ve always wanted to try but couldn’t afford the equipment renting it is quite affordable and you’ll see you can get a week with the equipment before you have to send it back or maybe you have to try new software. You can try software without buying it. Most software have trials, so if you’re a regular light room or Photoshop user, try picking up Luminar or unworn photo RA or or affinity photo. You can also try a combination of these things. Try a new technique with the new software change can break down walls and open up your mind to new ideas. Give this a try comment and let me know how this helped you get out of your creative rut. And if you liked this video, click that subscribe button below. Right now. I publish new videos every Monday and Thursday whenever possible. You don’t want to miss it.

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