Photography Inspiration: You just need to know where to look
There comes a time for every creative when you feel uninspired and tired of your work. Many people tend to get burned out and never really know how to start back up again. For photographers, I am sure this is nothing new.
Discover photography inspiration for your portrait work
So what do you do when you need photography inspiration to kickstart your day? We get on our phone of course. Here are a few places to check out for online photography inspiration. Also, make sure to check out my comprehensive list of resources for beginner photographers.
1. Social Media
Instagram has become my number one source of photography inspiration. I love how you can search via #hashtags, and keep a constant stream of inspiration right at your fingertips. Facebook is also a great way to find inspiration, but I tend to lean more heavily on Instagram. It is more visual and makes looking through galleries so much easier.
Adobe-owned Behance.net is a website dedicated to showcasing creative work for creatives of all types. Photography isn’t the only type of design I draw inspiration from, so I highly recommend checking out the site. You can filter by project types and curated galleries.
This online community of photographers is one of the largest in the world. You can browse photos from photographers all over the world and get inspired by the best.
Technically a social network, I list Pinterest because it really stands on its own. It is very simple to jump online and do a search for almost anything you can think of. Many of the results can lead you to photography websites and other great inspiration.
If your looking for more technical inspiration for your portrait photography, then you may want to check out PetaPixel. This blog is filled with great articles for photographers of all levels. They provide great tips and tricks to get you out of that photography rut.
The Fstoppers community of photographers has been a corner-stone of my photography learning. This photography blog is very similar to PetaPixel.com bit also provides some amazing galleries of work from photographers all over the world.
I really wasn’t a huge fan of Flickr when it first came out. After some rough patches, I think it is quickly becoming a solid community website for photographers. It is organized into countless groups so you will need to do some general digging to find the type of photography inspiration you are looking for.
8. The Inspiration Grid
When it comes to online photography inspiration, The Inspiration Grid is as simple as it gets. It is a curated gallery that is updated daily with new creative stories from artists all over the world. It’s a good site to see tons of unique content and I always keep it on my list for inspiration.
I stumbled across this website very recently and love how it helps beginners like me find what I am looking for. It’s a great community with technical resources and plenty of inspiration for your portrait photography.
I discovered Deviantart almost 10 years ago, and I find myself still browsing the site today. In my mind, it really started as a more amateur creative website, but really has grown since then. It has simple categories to follow and I am sure you will find inspiration to kickstart your next project.
Online Photography Inspiration
Finding inspiration that moves you emotionally is something that all artists strive to accomplish when creating artwork. This can be in design, photography, cooking and so many other industries. Whatever your passion, make sure you are continually learning and discovering new ideas and tips for improving your work.
Checking out new Gear
if your interested in starting your own photography journey, I recommend checking out some of these great resources and gear!
Great Sony Full-Frame Cameras for Portrait Photography:
My Sony A7riii Mirrorless Camera – High resolution Sony Mirrorless Camera
The Sony A7rii – High resolution Sony Mirrorless Camera (2nd Generation)
Sony a7iii Mirrorless Camera – 3rd Generation Sony Mirrorless Camera
Sony a7ii Mirrorless Camera w/IBIS – 2nd Generation Sony Mirrorless Camera
The Sony A7 Mirrorless Camera – Great full-frame starter camera for beginners
Sony Full-Frame Lenses for Portraits: (e-mount)
Sony 85mm f1.4 G-Master – Best 85mm portrait lens
Batis 85mm f1.8 – Lightweight 85mm portrait lens
Sony 85mm f1.8 – Smallest 85mm portrait lens
Sony Zeiss 55mm f1.8 – Small, sharp, lightweight portrait lens (my favorite lens)
The Sony 50mm f1.8 – Cheap starter nifty fifty
The Sony Zeiss 35mm f1.4 – Great wide option for portraits and lifestyle images
Sony 24-70 G-Master f2.8 – Sharp and versatile zoom lens
Sony 24-105 G Lens f4.0 – One of the best zooms for Sony
Wide Angle 16-35mm F2.8 – G-Master wide angle lens
The Sony 70-200 G-Master Lens f2.8 – Long range telephoto zoom
Great Sony Starter Cameras for Portraits: (crop-sensor)
Sony a6400 Mirrorless Camera – Amazing eye auto-focus detection
Sony a6300 Mirrorless Camera – Sony mirrorless camera (2nd generation)
The Sony a6000 Mirrorless Camera – Great affordable interchangeable lens camera
Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera w/IBIS – Amazing photography and video camera
Affordable Crop Sensor Lenses for Portraits: (e-mount)
Sigma 30mm f1.4 – Great for blurry backgrounds
Sony 50mm f1.8 OSS – Made for crop sensors and shallow depth of field
Sigma 16mm f1.4 – Amazing lens for Vloggers and video
Sony 35mm f1.8 – Super walk around lens for travel
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My name is Jason, and welcome to my photography blog. I’m a Sony Portrait Photographer located in the Dallas area. Make sure to check out my site, and thanks for stopping by.