Collaborate with Other Artists
Get in touch with someone you admire. Let them know that you appreciate their hard work and that you're interested in collaborating. For the record, this doesn't have to be a fellow photographer. This can be a designer, model, writer, or just a creative neighbour! The more areas of art you explore, the easier it will be to find opportunities for growth.
Who's the first person that came to mind when you read this? I challenge you to get in touch with them right now, even if it means getting out of your comfort zone. You might have a chance to create a fantastic work of art with them. You might also find yourself a new friend. :)
Join a Contest
Contests will inspire you to try out something completely different. A simple theme like "Blue" will force you to look at the colour from a completely different perspective. This will not only refresh you, but boost your creativity. It might also result in great photography prizes, ones that will help you succeed in the future.
If you're too intimidated by contests, ask a friend to join you. It's always easier to start big projects with enthusiastic friends.
Start a New Course
There is an abundance of photography courses out there, many of which are free. Find one that speaks to you and dedicate a few hours a week to it. Regardless of how busy your life is, you can continue learning and growing. As you learn new things about photography, you'll discover helpful techniques, ideas, and opinions that will significantly impact your future work.
Create Achievable Goals
A list of goals will keep you motivated when you bump into obstacles. They will also give you a clearer idea of what you truly care about. Think of a few fun and creative things you could complete within a few days. Here are a few ideas:
Take photos of 5 strangers
Try out a new photography genre for a day
Get to know your favourite photographer
Read a photography book
Spend a whole day taking photos
Experiment with a New Subject
There have been many times when simple objects dramatically improved the quality of my work. These objects were thrift store finds, plants, unusual shadows, and more. Challenging yourself to photograph something new and familiar at the same time (e.g. a photo of someone with their loved one) will instantly strengthen your photography skills.
Use these tips and let us know your results. We'd love to hear from you!