Stuck For Ideas? Simplify!

Sometimes it can be quite a challenge to come with ideas of new things to shoot, but a technique that I’ve started to use recently is to really simplify some of my subjects.

I try to get in close, use a longer focal length, or change my framing to come up with some almost abstract photographs.


It’s often a case of looking around for subjects that can be isolated from surrounding distractions, to remove the context and be just left with an idea.

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Another option is to look for shapes and colours, and make them the subject of your photograph, you’ll be surprised at what you start to “see” when you forget about the “big picture” and concentrate on the details.


Old buildings are great subjects for this – I love windows, doors, brickwork and the textures and colours you can discover.


Cheers, Rob.

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