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A Creative Push

Push Yourself

Not on a challenging photo assignment at the moment? Why not design a project for yourself that feels like you are? Here are a few DIY creative “pushes” that could inspire you and even elevate your end result.

Take An Opposite Approach. Shoot in a way that you don’t normally shoot and see what you might frame up.

Shoot A New Subject Matter. Look for a totally different subject than your norm. Never underestimate the power of a new muse.

Seek Out A New Location. Remove yourself from your usual stomping grounds and discover a new landscape to focus on.

Check Out Different Gear. Working with new gear can be a huge hurdle or a creative challenge. You never know what you might see through a new (or rented) lens.

Test Extreme Editing Tricks. Give yourself some playtime in the digital darkroom. Test and try new ways of enhancing your images.

Seek Inspiration From Others. Got a photographer who inspires you? Study their work and allow what they do to inspire what you’re doing.

Toss Out Expectations. When you make up your own creative project, there’s no one to please but yourself. Nothing is riding on it; just let yourself experiment.

Surprise Yourself. Give your new work a shot. Don’t make up your mind about it in one day. Set the work aside, and revisit it later. You may be surprised at how drawn you are to what you created after the passage of time.

Get Feedback. Share your work and your experience with friends, a photo community or even a client. Who knows what could come of it!

TRACEY CLARK is the founder of Shutter Sisters, a collaborative photo blog and thriving community of female photo enthusiasts, Learn more about Tracey and her work at

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