Struggling to motivate yourself to get out there with your camera? Lacking photographic inspiration? Sounds like you might be suffering from the photographer’s equivalent of writer’s block.

To celebrate World Photo Day on 19th August, we want to help you escape that photography rut and inspire you to take up your camera again. What better time to capture some brilliant photos and rediscover your passion for taking pictures?

Buy a Film Camera

Going back to film could really refresh your digital photography. Pick up a second hand film camera on eBay, buy a few rolls of film and start shooting.

Instead of being able to review each image as you take it, you won’t see the results until you develop the film, which means you’ll focus more on taking great photos and less on reviewing and deleting them. For more inspiration, check out our blog post on improving your digital photography by using film.

Collection of old cameras

Find a Friend

Photography can be a lonely pursuit, so instead of being put off by the solitude, find like-minded friends who share your passion. Go out shooting together and you’ll be able to share ideas, compare images and learn from each other’s skills.

Find a local camera club to meet other photographers, or book a place on a photography workshop to spend a few days learning new tricks alongside other enthusiasts.

Photographers at gig

Take a City Break

Quite often a change of scenery can be just the thing you need to get inspired. A new location will give you lots of new photo opportunities, and is sure to get those creative juices flowing. So instead of spending money on more kit, why not treat yourself to a weekend away with your camera?

Man taking photo of city buildings

Use Your Smartphone

Lugging around heavy kit can be a pain sometimes, so leave your high-end camera at home and spend a day just taking photos on your phone. Your phone camera is lightweight, portable and always with you, so you’ll have the freedom to go wherever you want, quickly taking a photo or two in an instant.

What’s more, with so many brilliant apps out there to help improve your photography and edit pictures on the move, there are plenty of tools to make your phone photos really stand out. For more smartphone photography advice, take a look at our top tips for taking photos with your phone.

Woman taking photo of building

Start a Project

From a photo a day to shooting one theme, give yourself a photography project to get stuck into. It can be tricky to find a reason to pick up your camera sometimes, so a project will give a purpose to your photography and give you a reason to head outside.

Whatever your goal is, from creating a photo book of your best images to organising a small exhibition, focusing on one project is a great way to get back into the swing of taking photos regularly.

Man taking photograph of pianist in street