How To Spark Photographic Inspiration! AD*

25th July 2018

Hey everyone!

So I had the typical thing happen to me when I took Photography as an A-level subject. I unfortunately completely fell out of love with it. The pressure, time constraints and being forced to do projects I honestly had no interest in crushed my inspiration. When starting a blog, I quickly learned that being successful in it would mean I’d have to have decent images to back up my writing. Around two months ago when receiving a new lens for my birthday, all the love for it came flooding back and I’ve been really excited to go full speed with getting back into it. I’ve had some requests for photography-related posts so to start it off, here are some of my tips for setting off that spark again!

Invest In New Photographic Equipment

I know this isn’t an option for a lot of people for a few reasons but this really helped me. I felt completely deflated and held back by my lack of equipment until I invested in my Olympus Pen. Even though my updated equipment has really helped me to progress and up my blogging game, I would still like to take it to the next level. It’s in my nature to always be striving for better. I’ve got my eye on a waterproof camera* from Panasonic at the moment as how incredible would it be to take such high quality underwater images!? Also I don’t know about you but being a clumsy person, I’d like to have the reassurance that my camera was waterproof…

Come At It With A Fresh And Open Mind

I cannot stress this point enough. You’re not going to find inspiration looking in the same old places, shooting in the same old styles. You’re not going to find inspiration going to the same locations, working with the same people. It’d be like approaching a new relationship with all the actions that failed you in your last one. Think outside the box, find new models. You may have a certain niche you want to stick to and that’s fine but do some research and find new avenues to approach it.


If you haven’t got enough money for new equipment but want something to enhance images, you could always go for props instead. Some ideas would be anything from coloured lens filters, add-ons like fish eye effect or even just small bits like homemade reflectors to help with light redistribution. All of these things will help to enhance images. I’ve recently been trying out this lensball from Refractique and am absolutely loving the effects from it. I’m really into abstract images and I highly recommend trying to shoot some as they’re so interesting to look at aswell as edit!

Experiment In Every Way You Can

When I say every way, I mean E V E R Y way. When re-finding my love for photography, I just went out and took photos of everything. Everything from exciting, detailed animals at the zoo to mundane every day things like lightbulbs and a plate of chips (you laugh but I’m not even joking). There are so many beautiful images of “boring” objects just waiting to be made. Also, editing can do a hell of a lot for a photograph.

I downloaded all the free apps and made my way through each one until I found my favourites for my own preferred editing style. And again with editing, experiment with lots of different styles. You don’t actually have to stick to one style and I certainly don’t. Sometimes I love high contrast and high saturation and other times I’m feeling the vintage, grainy look. It’s all dependent on the subject, the colours and the vibe of the image.

Play About With Angles And Composition

Straight on images that capture all the detail are great but trying out different angles and composition can add so much depth. This goes for literally every type of photography, too. You’ll find it especially with photographing people that everyone will have certain angles that they like better than others. Also with product photography, there’ll be certain angles or compositions that make the products look better than others due to shadows, focal points etc. Shadows and bokeh can do so much for an image and really affect the way its viewed.

Look At Others Work

Last but not least, check out some other peoples photographic websites, projects, Instagrams etc. Obviously I am not in any way saying to copy others but it’s perfectly okay to take inspiration. Taking little bits and pieces from your experiences, likes and dislikes of others work, own experimentations and general life is exactly how you come to create your own style. It’s the same with music genres, fashion lines and product names so it’s no different for creating images either! Just make sure it is just taking inspiration and not taking ideas as there’s nothing worse than copying someone elses original work.

Do you have any foolproof tips for getting back some photographic inspiration?

’Til Next Time,


*Disclaimer – I have been financially compensated for this post but all opinions displayed are completely my own.

12 responses to “How To Spark Photographic Inspiration! AD*”

  1. Melina Elisa says:

    I’ve been really proud recently at how much my photography game has improved for my blog and instagram! It really makes me happy and take pride at seeing how bad I was when I first started and now. I totally agree with buying to equipment to spark that excitement again. Great post xx

    Melina |

  2. Kayla says:

    Great tips Alice. I’ve had my eye on some new lighting equipment for awhile now, so I won’t be limited to shooting the sunlight only. It’s spendy, and with my new job around the corner it’ll have to be put on hold. Someday I’ll get it though! An underwater camera sounds amazing! That would be so much fun to play around with.

  3. Oh man, this post couldn’t have come at a better time! I literally just posted on Instagram yesterday about how peope get their inspiration.

    I have a Sony A5000, which isn’t the best camera compared to what they’ve recently released, but I love it! I bought a new 50mm 1.8 lens and it changed my photos. I got super excited and wanted to snap everything lol.

    Laura ☆

  4. Your photography game is strong Alice! It’s improved so much during your blogging journey! xx

  5. jazziepickles says:

    I dropped out of A level photography because the projects didn’t reflect my style or interest. Kinda gutted because I feel like some of the photography knowledge could come in handy.
    I’ve always loved your photos, they go from strength to strength x

  6. This is such a helpful post! I was ready to chuck my camera in the bin until I found out it DID have a self-timer ? it’s not the greatest camera, but it’s better than my phone and I know I can get different lenses to play around with, so it’s something I definitely want to explore! Thanks for the inspo lovely ??❤️❤️

  7. An underwater camera would be amazing, especially throughout the summer months! Imagine how cool underwater shots would be?! Great post as always Alice 🙂

    Kate |

  8. helloaycan says:

    Photography has to be one of my biggest passions. Even if I’m having days with zero inspiration, I just got on a shoot and something somehow sparks and I’m filled with ideas. It’s so important to experiment as you’ll find what inspires you, as well as find your own style and what you’re capable of doing.

    Aycan //

  9. All of these points are super helpful and have definitely given me things to think about as I really want to step up my photography game. That waterproof camera would be amazing to take with me to Japan as I could play around with it by the lakes and hot springs and get some amazing photos. I’ve never experimented with different lens filters but I definitely want to get some as it would hopefully spark some creativity. I completely agree that changing up where you take your photos can really open up more options, when I went to the giffgaff event being in a different place got me really excited with my camera. I love playing around with depth of field and you’ve used it so perfectly in the bath bomb photo, I love it! I always go to Pinterest for inspiration as there’s so many different pins and boards out there to get my mind flowing with ideas x

    Alice //

  10. terriheckley says:

    Angles make all the difference! It’s great to experiment and find a style that you love x

  11. Great tips Alice! I completely lost my love for photography too by doing it at GCSE and A Level – but I’ve picked it back up recently and am loving it, fingers crossed it can be my job one day! I’m struggling with my confidence with at the moment and I find it so hard to gather inspiration for the image to just then fall flat – hopefully I can get my mojo back again soon 🙂 xo

    Char |

  12. Nora says:

    This is so informative. Lately, I’ve been trying to save for a camera, as well as trying to find better angles of the objects I’m taking photos of. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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