Picture Perfect: Finding Photographic Inspiration

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of guides around the internet, all with the aim of making you into a better photographer. You can find articles which teach you how to set your ISO, aperture, and shutter speed to get the right lighting and color. And, there are even guides to help you master the art of composition. Of course, though, where a lot of these resources fall short is the inspiration. Taking a technically excellent photograph is easy. But, if it’s not interesting to you, what’s the point? To help you out with this, this post will be going through some of the ways you can find inspiration for your photography, and some of the things to consider before you hit the shutter button.

Think About Yourself

Like any form of art, photography is all about expression. The photographs you take will always be unique to you, regardless of the camera you use or the pictures you take. Everyone has their own style and way of looking at things which makes the way they approach a picture different to everyone else. For this reason, you should never be afraid to simply take the photos you want to take. For example, if you like computers, there’s nothing wrong with attending trade shows and events to take pictures of the items on display. But, some people would prefer to spend a day taking photos of the sea or woodland.

Of course, this process isn’t easy and is the whole point of this post. Most people struggle to identify what they’d like to capture and need a push in the right direction. One of the best ways to do this for yourself is by thinking of the places around the world which interest you. If you like the idea of visiting Africa to take part in a safari, wildlife photography might be your calling. But, you want to travel to Rome or Paris, taking snaps of buildings could be perfect for you.

Finding Something Interesting

It’s almost impossible to plan most photographs unless they’re product photos or the camera will be stationary throughout the shoot. Instead, the best photographers will take every chance they get to take the perfect picture. Whenever you travel with your camera, you should be keeping your eyes open for anything you can capture. The world is filled with wonders, making it easy to find interesting things wherever you go. You just have to make sure you save plenty of space on your memory card for everywhere you plan to go.

Along with keeping your eyes open, you also need to start thinking outside of the box. Perspective makes a huge difference in photography, with the position of the camera having a massive impact

Using Others To Inspire

Like most forms of art, the best photographic inspiration can often come from other people. By looking at professionals like Photographer Samuel Burns, you can start to get an idea of the standards experts expect. Along with this, seeing a professional at work will fill you with new ideas and ways to start making your photographs more interesting. When you see an image you really like, it becomes much easier to work hard to find the methods used to shoot it. Along with this, it will also give you a good goal to reach when improving the quality of your photos.

Along with looking to professionals for inspiration, you can also look for help from budding photographers in the same position as you. The Internet gives you access to billions of people, with a huge range of interests and ideas. Using this resource well can see you finding loads of fresh inspiration. Instagram is one of the best places for this sort of effort. The site is designed for images only, making it easy to find exactly what you want to look at. Using their tagging system, you can look up photography in your local area to see what other people have captured. As well as social media, though, you also have access to a wealth of forums and message boards to help you.

Before You Take The Shot

Now, it’s time to think about each photograph you’re going to be taking. To limit a number of bad images you take, it’s wise to ask yourself a couple of questions before you ever take a picture. To begin, you should think about why you’re taking a picture. For example, if you’re taking an image of a car, think about what is interesting enough about the car for you to photograph it. Once you figure out what you find interesting, you can move on to figuring out exactly how you’re going to take the picture. In the car’s case, it could be the shape of the side-profile of the car which you like.

To get a good picture from the side of the car, you’d want to level the camera with the center of it, trying to keep the camera as level as possible. Of course, the way that you take each picture will be different, and you will have your own styles which you like to use. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be thinking about it, though. Composure and composition are incredibly important to photography. So, if you ignore them for most of your shots, most will come out bad.

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start looking harder for your photographic inspiration. Of course, like any form of art, this sort of effort has to come from within you as much as it relies on the resources you use to help. Only you will be able to make your photos better, and it could take some time. But, it’s worth persevering, as time can make you the master of anything.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

3 Best Places To Take Photos!

Taking photos obviously requires an environment to do so in, but which one do you do it in? This is a question that we often find ourselves wondering before we are going to take a day taking some photos. Do you go to a studio? Do you go to a field? No need to worry because here you’re going to be shown the 3 best places to take photos!

Bodies Of Water

Taking photos of rivers, lakes and streams are fantastic areas to take very large, striking shots. Usually being quite large in size, you can often find the perfect shot for you! They are also free to view and take photos of which makes this a great option if you are on a tight budget! However, what you must keep in mind about doing this is that you often need to be very close to the water to get a good shot, which puts your camera at risk of getting damaged! Any electronic device is susceptible to water damage and cameras are no exception! It’s important to get a waterproof cover for your camera, the likes of which you can buy from B&H Video to give you camera the protection it needs, saving you heartbreak and money if it gets damaged!


Often the most professional environment, but also the most expensive so make sure you can afford this one! Studios are, as we all know, enclosed spaces designed specifically for photography. The first thing you need to know is whether or not lighting equipment will be supplied, so check this before you make any assumptions! Companies like have studios available to fit your needs! Studios provide an enclosed environment for you to take the perfect photo, you just have to be able to get what you to take a photo of to the studio and go!

City Buildings

Another popular choice is taking photos of cityscapes on top of a big city building! This allows you, providing the building is tall enough, to see the entire city from your standpoint, giving you the chance to take an awe inspiring photo by capturing miles of terrain in one shot. By placing you high up, it means that nothing is obscuring your shot as it would if you were on the ground floor, so this is definitely worth doing if you want a big photo! Companies like BestBuy sell a wide variety of long range lenses that you will need to do this with. Due to the amount of distance that your camera will be capturing you have to have a long-range lens!

Going to any one of these places is guaranteed to get you to take the perfect shot. All you have to decide is which one you go to! But do remember to come prepared to the area where you are taking the photos! Once you’ve taken your photo and want to edit it, but not sure how read this for some inspiration.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

Photo Perfection: Get The Best Shot

When you’re not a trained or a professional taking the perfect photo can be nothing but a chore. It can be frustrating to have see a constant reel of bad photos coming up, one and the other and each worse than the last. But there are ways around this, ways that you can ensure the photos are better and make you and the people you’ve taken a photo of happy. You may already use some of these tips, but they can give you ideas and stoke your creative spirit, giving you a new motivation to re-enter your passion and stick at it, getting the photos you’ve always wanted. Here’s how to get the best shot.

Don’t Rush The Holiday Snaps

If you rush the holiday snaps you could go home feeling disappointed. Quick fire photos are sometimes okay, but usually you’ll pick something up that ruins the shot. Take your time. Stop for a moment to take the picture you want and retake it if it isn’t what you wanted. Sure, you may be on the clock, but it doesn’t take too long to take a photo.

If you’re s specific camera user, for example, a FujiUser, then check out tips that relate back to that brand. It’s much easier applying specific tips. You should also think about the lens when you are on holiday. Primarily because you don’t want the biggest one to lug around but you do want a decent shot, so take something half decent. Take your time, wait for the right angle and don’t want. You want memories to cherish, not awful photos that you have to look back on.

Don’t Be Afraid To Edit

Sometimes there will be something inevitable in the way of your shot or that one little blemish that ruins everything. In this digital age why not use everything that is at your disposal. Upload your photo to the computer and use some kind of editing technology, such as photoshop, to make it what you want. Certain purists argue against this, ignore them. You want the best photo then make it the best photo. It’s done by everyone all over the world. You can pull out the annoying bird who flew across your range just as you pressed the take button, or beef up the brightness a little bit. Whatever you decide to do, don’t forget that is a legitimate option.

Light Is Your Friend

The more light you have the better the shot will be. If there is a cloudy day, come back when it is sunny. Light makes all the difference in photography. You want to take the brightest photos you can. The same applies indoors. If you look at the professionals they always seem to use light rigging to get the photo they want. Just turn the lights on before taking the snap. Ensure it is the one you want it to be. The recipient will be happier with this too. Light is every photographer’s ally, expose your shots to it as much as physically possible.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

Make Use of Being Snap Happy

When you take a photo nowadays, whether it’s on your smartphone or on your camera; there is little chance that it will make it past a screen. We are quickly coming into more of an advanced digital age; where it is easier to pass someone a table or a phone to swipe through memories than sit down and get out the physical photo album. But what exactly can be done with the photos that are hiding on our hard drives? Here’s how to make use of being snap happy.

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Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

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