A photography exercise when you’ve lost your muse

A photography exercise when you’ve lost your muse

It happens to all of us. We lose our mojo or our creative muse decides to go on holiday and we’re left feeling like we just can’t figure out what to do.


Nothing is clicking (pardon the pun) when we pick up our cameras. We know we feel like creating but we just don’t know what we want to create.

Here’s a little exercise that can help you

Choose a ‘thing’ or a theme. When you’re out with your camera, be on the lookout for whatever “thing” you choose. It could be feet, garbage cans, vegetables that look like faces, bicycles, maybe it’s doorknobs or handles — you name it!  Get creative, and pick a theme that you don’t normally see photographs of.

What will this do?

First of all, it will get you to stop thinking so hard about trying to create something. Doing exercises like this are just that, exercise. They allow you to let go of any need to get a perfect shot. Just go with it and press the shutter. Take it a step further and put your camera on auto. Then all you have to focus on is finding your theme or subject. That’s it. No thinking about anything else.

This exercise will push you to start noticing and “SEEing” more when you’re out taking photos. First, you’ll start seeing bicycles (or whatever your theme/subject is), then you’ll begin to see further and more. Maybe it’s just a tire in a field or a lost bike bell on a sidewalk. Pretty soon you won’t NOT be able to see the ‘thing’ you chose to photograph. 


I’d love to see what subject or them you’ve chosen when you do this exercise. It can be a lot of fun, kind of like a scavenger hunt in search of only one item. Share your images on social media and tag me, or add them to the comments here. I look forward to seeing what you’ve found.

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