Do you ever have those days where you pick up your camera and go to shoot photos for your blog posts, but it doesn’t work out the way you want it to? Me too!
This happens to me more times than I would ever like to admit. It can be frustrating when your photography session just doesn’t go to plan and it can feel like a complete waste of time.
You’ll probably end up wanting to call it a day, but sometimes you just can’t quit and need to carry on if you have posts that need going up. You need a quick fix or just some extra help to turn your photography around.
Here’s what you can try do to help…
It may seem like a chore to have to start all over again when you’ve been putting your hard work and time into it already, but starting fresh can be so beneficial. It can give you a whole new feel for what you’re trying to photograph. You could switch up the setup, change up the layout, shoot in a completely different angle or try something completely different than what you were planning on doing before. Times like this are a great chance to experiment, so always be prepared to start again.
Gain some inspiration
Whenever I’m having a rubbish photography day, I’ll always try and gain some inspiration. This could be inspiration from my own photos, seeing what worked well in the past and how I could try to do something similar again. Or I might seek inspiration from the types of images I see on Pinterest or Instagram. Blog photography tip posts are always good to refer back to if you’re struggling with a particular issue e.g the lighting and how to make your images bright on gloomy days.
Remember it doesn’t have to be 100% perfect
In the blogging world, you will pretty much see perfectly styled photographs that can sometimes leave you feeling a little defeated with your own work. It’s important to remember that whilst we all would love to achieve amazing shots every time, it is just not possible. Don’t be so hard on yourself if you don’t feel your photos are up to your usual standard. We all have good days and bad days with our photography and even just blogging in general. So don’t beat yourself up too much.
You always have editing
Editing tools can be a massive help when you’ve had a bad photography day. They can really help to adjust parts of your photos that you dislike e.g the warmth, brightness, colours, shadows, crop etc. Use editing to your advantage and let it help you achieve the images that you want to put out there. Some of my favourite editing apps include Lightroom, colour story, VSCO and Aviary.
Take a break
When you’re running to tight deadlines with brand work or a schedule you might have created, it can be hard to not feel pressured to have things done by a certain time and when your photos aren’t playing ball, it can make you feel even more pressured to have things done. When this happens during a bad photo session, it can be a good idea to take a step back and have a break from it.
You need to have a refresh, gain some inspiration, more motivation and change your mindset to go back to it in a more positive way. You can either go back to it a little while later or even a day or so after. Just know that taking a break isn’t always a sign of failure or defeat, it just means you’re taking care and wanting to learn.
How do you get over a bad photography session?