I think the difference is finding no joy or motivation in taking pictures to satisfy some standard or someone else’s taste. When I take pictures of what I like, I have a blast.


100% this. I don't enjoy taking photos on demand or for someone else's whims. I'm decent but it's pretty apparant (to me at least) that my heart isn't in it based on the lack of creativeness. I've relegated my photography aspirations to being an expensive 'me' hobby that I will occassionally share an image from.


There is a saying where im from. May your son have a drug habbit because its cheaper to maintain then for him to be photographer. ... Best advice i can give is by second hand and not latest, but at least 1 generation old. In that case its little less hard on a wallet. Also limit yourself on 1 item a year for photography so you have to explore and learn so that what you get is actually justifiable from perspective of want vs need.


That’s literally what I do.


I’ve tried a couple of “theme of the week” things where each week participants are encouraged/prompted to shoot an image that reflects the theme. I’ve joined them to motivate myself to shoot different things and avoid my familiar comfort zones. Usually last a few weeks, a couple months at the most, then it feels more like a got-to-do task rather than something fun.


This. The best way to learn and improve skills like that is by just trying.


Yeah it's the difference on doing it as a work for someone else vs doing it for yourself as hobby it feel like.


When you’re doing photography for you, you get to decide what to do. When you’re doing photography for an instructor, they get to decide what you do. That’s nowhere near as fun. Just accept that you’re going to use this time to learn new features/functions of the camera, and techniques you might not have discovered on your own. When you get back to doing photography for you, you’ll have new tools on your belt that will most likely make it even more fun than it was before.


There's also nothing saying you can't shoot how you like in addition to shooting for the assignments. I don't like to shoot to other peoples' specs. So if I have to shoot for an assignment, I'll usually shoot enough that are to the assignment specs plus a few that are more interesting to me just to keep me engaged.


Yes I second this. Use the course to learn the functions of the camera, tips for composition and how to develop your “eye” … but never stop experimenting for yourself. That is where the passion comes from. Classes teach techniques, but you teach yourself taste and interest. I took one photography class in school, everything else I have learned on my own thru my own research and experimentation. Passion comes from yourself so just find your niche - it’ll come with time


It's probably because it feels too much like work. Try and see it more like learning to drive: once you've achieved the basic competence and passed your test you can go solo, do your own thing, experiment and it doesn't matter if the pictures are rubbish so long as you had fun.


When you make a hobby a job you often lose interest in it.


OP is not making it a job, just taking a course.


It can be the same difference. I recently started with this hobby and got a couple books with “assignments” in them. When I’m bored they can be fun but when I was using them exclusively I found myself not wanting to do it at all. After I took a step back and just started taking pictures like was beforehand, my love for it came back.


I understand that but a class can be seen like a job. You have assignments and deadlines. You don’t get to just shoot what you want when you want.


The "forced" aspect was a source of inspiration for me. I tried more random stuff to make my shooting quota then i did after i was done with the class. OP might just realize they don't like it as much as they need to, which is also a great thing to find out.


This is true. A girl I knew with a passion for music quit music class because she said it was taking the fun out of music and basically ruining it for her. Another friend of mine, GREAT artist and painter, quit school aswell as it only demotivated her and killed off her imagination and creativity. She is excellent with acrylics, especially when it comes animals, gothic themes and "renaissance" type of paintings, but school was just "you guys need to paint this bowl of fruit in watercolor" and stuff like that, no freedom of expression. When they actually got to draw something in their style and told to paint something that "represented" them, she apparantly got criticized for the painting being "too dark and depressing". No actual constructive criticism, just that the art style wasn’t appealing to the teacher, as she seemed to prefer more cheerful and colorful paintings. She started feeling like she wasn’t drawing/painting for herself anymore but to meet the teachers expectations or satisfying the teachers taste, and then she eventually quit and didn’t paint for about 2 years, and when she did, she would often bail on the drawing because she got discouraged, which sucked. Art is after all subjective, there’s no "right" way, style or medium, just preferences.


Okay, but I was a voracious reader in my youth. Know what killed reading for me? College.


Photography is my main job, a side gig and a hobby for me. I started feeling the same way this year, very little of what I was producing was based on my vision (couldn’t think of a less pretentious word) and was instead relied on someone else’s ability (sports, senior sessions). I picked up film again for personal work and it’s been a bunch of fun. I have a bunch of rolls to develop I just haven’t had the time to mix the chemicals and do it (and I can’t afford to send them off for lab development). Class will be boring if you already have a basic understanding but it’s worth it for some formal education. You will find that things you have seen or heard finally click in place.


I think that’s a common experience, and it is something worth listening to, but not taking as an end-all. I am an art teacher - Sometimes this is a common symptom of ADHD. Transitions are very hard on people with ADHD (I have it, to preface.) So, when they start to get into a situation where they’re not positive on what they’re trying to do, they’re not able to evaluate their success, they’re struggling with frustration, or they have kind of lost their vision, they can really struggle to go through the motions. People with ADHD Don’t get a steady stream of dopamine like neuro typicals do, and still can have a harder time being disciplined in areas that they’re not excited for. Because their brain is literally not giving them any energy. One thing to keep in mind, if this is the case, is that skills are transferable. Personally I’ll be Super interested in something and then completely drop it. Later I find that either of those skills have helped me be better in other areas, or I pick it back up, but not where I left off. The other possibility is that you’re experiencing a lack of direction. It’s is really common for perfectionists to get to a point where they’re really bored with what they’ve been doing, but they don’t want to go to another option that they’re not skilled in. It can be incredibly painful, emotionally, to basically go from being really good at something, to being really bad at it. And so sometimes perfectionist can get them balanced, and they’re less likely to find new things to intrigue them organically. Or rather they’re more likely to avoid them, because those things that interest them are risks. Creativity isn’t creating something, it’s figuring out how to create something. If you already know how to do it, you’re gonna be bored out of your skull. But sometimes people can struggle with knowing how to reinspire themselves, or feeling comfortable with not knowing how to do something. I would say that it is totally normal to lose interest. Especially the better you get, the more the little stuff matters, and the little stuff can be very boring. But you can reignite your inspiration. I would say by challenging yourself. If you trust your teacher, you can talk to them about going more in depth about how they designed the curriculum. A lot of teachers don’t tell you this, but they’re usually pretty specific context in which they think it will help to learn this. Knowing that potential problem that you’re trying to overcome with this technique can actually help you be more mentally invested. If not, you might try challenging yourself. So for example, requiring that you take a picture that always has a coin in it for every assignment and creating a series. Or trying to find a different photographer that you’re trying to emulate. Sometimes by changing your goals, you can challenge yourself to a different set of rules that you haven’t already learned how to play by. And that’s literally what a game is, rules. Or you might need to give yourself some sort of organic reward, such as when the class is over you’re going to make a portfolio. Or a website. You also might find that posting these on Instagram or something can help you invest in it, because human interaction can do that.


Generally, I do struggle with reinspiring myself, and have evidently developed some perfectionism habits that feel so tough to get myself out of. I also have ADHD.


Thank you for all of that!


Some of us want to shoot so we become photographers. Some of us needed to shoot (Me) so i had/have to learn photography. (no other choice) And some of us just like to shoot because we don't have to everyday. What is the reason you took the class in the first place? That is a good place to start, and or finish. Good luck/exposure.


The reasoning why I took the course was out of interest and willingness to learn some techniques


Nothing wrong with that. I had multiple jobs before I decided on the one i liked to do the rest of my career..


It's called satiation. Think of it this way; you may love chocolate ice cream, but if you ate chocolate ice cream three meals a day, every day you would eventually be tired of eating chocolate ice cream. The same is true for anything else that you enjoy. Take a break for a few days and see if your interest returns.


Depends on your type of personality also. Some people prefer routines and continuance others need more change and alternation (-> Riemann / Thomann)


Routines are a little bit different, but valid. Routine fosters structure and stability, but can also lead to monotony. Either way the answer is take a break.


I wouldn't tire of chocolate. But that's just me! Chocolate in the morning! Chocolate in the Afternoon! Chocolate all night long!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I admire your dedication to chocolate. 😁


In this case it might have more to do with extrinsic vs intrinsic motivation. OP thinks about photographing for the sake of the course and not for themselves, therefore having external motivation to do it and not intrinsic


Perhaps. Without knowing the OP's thought process in taking a photography course it is hard to say. That said, your point is valid.


If you losing interest in a hobby, don't force yourself. If it helps, see if you can drop out of the class. If not, take it as an opportunity to learn something new or a different way of what you've been doing.


“Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless and add what is specifically your own.” - Bruce Lee. That about sums it up.


Maybe the teacher(s) sucks.


Anything wrong with it? Absolutely not. It’s a creative endeavour. While I’m somewhat obsessed after a good 15 years I still have times where I can’t really connect with my camera. Sometimes I long for the days when I just had my little point and shoot and barely understood anything about the actual craft of it and felt so much freedom to just have fun. Sometimes the gear and lingo is a hindrance. Sometimes I swear I was a better photographer when I didn’t know any of that. Then I look back on my photos from that time and realize… it was ok. Not great but ok. Much like my marriage, the love and feelings and passions come and go. Sometimes I don’t like it, ignore it, feel uninspired, a total lack of passion. But when it all comes back it’s a great joy. Don’t beat yourself up. Recognize that you only get “good” at something by practicing, but that joy (and grumbling) can be had at all levels of practice. You remind me of myself when I started taking it more seriously. It was worth it for me to stick with it. Maybe it will be for you too.


Absolutely not. I went to school for fine arts photography and I got burnt out of it after graduating. And have an ex force me to do it everyday. I don’t do photography full time anymore because I am always afraid of burning myself out of it all the time.


That’s why I didn’t take on a filmmaking job after film school, I was too burnt out and nothing seemed to work and out well during those days


That's perfectly normal - last year I did the same, I was only ever taking or editing images for client work and it felt like work. I bought a cheap film camera and found a new subject and style and experimented a bit until I reconnected with photography. You don't have to buy something new to reconnect though - take a road trip, try a new style or genre, find a way to reconnect with yourself and your art.


This is the playing scales version of photography. The guitar player loves taking a solo and just jamming. Playing scales forward and backward, fast and slow, fast forward, slow backwards, slow forwards and fast backwards is incredibly boring. It builds muscle memory and skill with how to get from A to B, or how to get from A to E flat minor diminished, or something like that. The class is not fun, and the results are likely not your masterpieces. It is building the foundation for the day coming soon when you are out having fun again. At some point you build enough camera skills to just stand a little different, zoom in, or out. You will get your settings just a litter closer to perfect. You won't notice from day to day. But in 5 years you will go back to old photos and see how much better the photos have become.


I would drop the course and find another taught by someone else. Often the teacher can make a huge difference in your excitement for learning and exploring.


Its normal, the moment you *have* to do something you tend to kinda not want to do it


Taking a course is making it more of a discipline than a hobby so it does take some of the emotion out of it for many people. Once you internalize the learning you are doing, the emotion usually comes back.


> This may not be the right post to this sub Just a side note but this is exactly the sub. Let us inspire each other :)


I took a film photography class once (normally just use my DSLR). I loved every second of it bc it was so different than what I’m used to and I loved black bagging and developing pics in the dark room. My loss of interest in all kinds of photography has been from depression for me personally, maybe you’re dealing w some mental health stuff?


Depression has taken over me years back, I’ve tried to get it treated when I was younger but no dice


I get it. Is it relative to that now or is the class reqs and focuses that are throwing you off?


Depression really did kick in again recently and the things throwing me off is the expectations on top of the motivation and idea generation




I am not necessarily a fan of street photography, probably because I worry about a pedestrian freaking out towards me, and that I’ve found many of the streets in my area bland




Right now we’re learning street photography, what it takes to make a photo that pleases them, and some lighting techniques, but it seems more elevated in difficulty than how it sounds


There's nothing I can think of that would make me lose interest more in photography than taking a course for it! ZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzz It's exactly what happened to me in the 90s with Radio. I was always interested in radio but going to radio school bored the life out of me. I nodded off in class a lot as most of the information that I was getting was pointless and contributed little to when I actually worked in the radio industry a few years after.


You’re not alone in these feelings pal 💗 I went to uni for photography. It absolutely murdered my passion for the art. I dropped out in my third year because it was really messing with me mentally. It’s been a bit over a year since then and I’ve only really picked my camera up to shoot my parents wedding. Hopefully photography will bring me joy again someday


You have to find what fits you and fulfills you personally. Kinda like cooking. If you’re taking a class on Sushi but your favorite is Mexican it doesn’t mean you should quit food 😉 Everyone has ups and downs on the path but only you can decide if what it leads to is for you.


No sometimes you're simply pointed in another direction


Interest may fade or wane, and it may come back down the road. A good class will give you the stoke to continue now, but even if you post the spark you should leave the course with skills that can help you do better work down the road. With a camera attached to you at all times now, there's value in knowing how to get great snapshots in addition to "real photography." I'd argue that both scales (celly snapshots, and ILC dedicated 𝓹𝓱𝓸𝓽𝓸𝓰𝓻𝓪𝓹𝓱𝔂) are equally important and worthy of understanding fundamental skills to perform


I’m starting out in pro photography, and that means taking a lot of stuff that doesn’t interest me at all. I set myself a rule - for every 3 times I do photography for somebody else’s benefit including popular stock photography, I photograph something for my own benefit that I want to do. Hopefully keeps the fire alive.


Photography is an art form and how you express your personal creativity. No course will teach you that. Courses can feel intimidating, and make you feel like photography is not for you. Sooner or later you will find what works for you. Don’t allow courses or what others say discourage you.


Just try not to overthink it a photography class is just to teach you what it is, you're learning the technicalities of photography it's not always not gonna spark your creativity and passion but you will use the skills you've learned to create the art you're passionate about.


I did a photography course after high school and struggled in the inspiration area too. I learned a lot but being “assigned” a project just kinda killed it for me. I enjoyed the learning aspect of it though as I started to understand how it works and how I could achieve the things I wanted to do. I’m no pro by any means but I don’t regret it , and the inspiration came back :)


No. That's not unreasonable. I walked away from what I thought would be my only profession because I was tired of the long weekends and low pay. I would love to go back, but I also liking having work-life balance and a decent income.


Could just be a little burnt out. When you surround yourself with one thing, it gets old kinda fast. Just balance things out and take a few days for your other hobbies.


Loved working on personal creative projects. As a designer working within a timeframe and budget I find it to be quite tedious.


Being judged or graded on photography is like English Composition. They are both purely some instructor's opinion. If photography rules and processes were written in stone, it wouldn't be art. I keep photography as an expensive hobby right now practicing my style and growing my skills on my own budget and schedule. I'm afraid to make it an actual business and lose my desire and ability to just make art.


No, it actually makes sense. When I was 18 I started a blog because I love to write and do concert reviews, take pictures, etc., and I made friends from the blogosphere that are actual journalists and they invited me to collaborate to their magazines. Before this I never thought I could be a journalist, I just did it for fun and I was good at it. After my sabbatical year -which I took becauseI didn'tknow what to study-, it seemed obvious that journalism was my vocation, right? So, I enrolled and I noticed that most teachers had never actually been journalists, they mostly relied on theory and what books said and what the books said doesn't always apply in real life. I remember using an article that got pretty good reviews in a magazine I used to write for, as a paper for one class and I got a bad note because it was not structured as one theory said. That's when I realized that if I stayed longer, my spirit would probably get broken, or in worst case scenario I would end up mad because of all the confrontations I would have with the teachers. So, I dropped out and it was the best thing I did in my life. That's why I understand what you're saying. You take pictures in a way that makes sense to you, but that is not necessarily what the teachers are looking for. If you do know the technical basics of photography, maybe you should drop. That way your pictures will have a soul, even if they are not "correct".


Naw dog just get your dopamine levels back to normal. Maybe its the class itself thats stressin you out


Oh I barely ever have a reasonable dopamine level at all


Well thankfully There’s s alot you can do to change that 👍🏻


I could find my ways to fix that


I got my first camera when I was 11 years old, a Kodak Starlet. I’m now 71 and photography has always been there in my life. But I have had times when inspiration has fled, or I’ve become a little bored. I haven’t seen that as a cause for concern. Taking a break has been a useful strategy and I have found it to be good way to get my enthusiasm back. It’s also given me the opportunity to try a couple of other hobbies and broaden my interests. I’ve tried focusing (pun intended) on different photographic genres, used different camera brands, experimented with various gear, got into photo editing, joined camera clubs etc. Photography offers so many different experiences. I encourage you not to be discouraged or worry too much if you can, but stay with it. Treat it as a hobby, a passion without making it a burden. It will lead you where it will, and hopefully like me give you a lifetime of pleasure and fulfilment. And some frustrations too. My very best wishes to you.


Just go shoot.


Now is the best time to figure out if you like something or not. I spent $100k in school to figure out I don’t really care about film and movies very much.


My question is for what purpose are you doing this course? To become a pro earning money or for yourself? I completely agree with the sentiment that you will always be more engaged when shooting something you like. And that it’s difficult to switch on your creativity on demand for a project that you are not passionate about. It does teach you though to think differently and aims to give you experience in other areas that you don’t already have. You might just find something that you didn’t know you enjoyed through this course. Exposure is everything pardon the pun. Obviously don’t have all the details, but I want to say trust the process. Hindsight is always 20-20.


The reasoning behind myself taking this course is mainly to learn additional techniques and gain access to more material


I had a similar problem earlier this year. I’ve been a professional photographer for a while and my lust for casual photography has been all but gone. In an act of desperation I brought my camera out with just a 50mm lens and decided to just shoot auto. As someone who relies on knowing full manual control for work I always felt that I’ve evolved past auto and using it would be lazy. I have to tell you…I enjoyed it. It let me just capture the composition without the burden of choice. I didn’t have a different focal length to play with. I couldn’t adjust any of my other settings and that level of restriction gave me more freedom than I ever thought imaginable. I know it sounds weird but it was like my camera and I were working together rather than me just using it as a tool. I don’t know if that helps but I imagine because you’re in a class dedicated to photography that you’ll be making lots of choices to get the “correct” shot. Maybe ‘dumbing it down’ would help you feel that inspiration and bring back some of that fun. It’s definitely helped me. Good luck!




Yep, taking 15 photos weekly as homework can go incredibly bonkers


Wrong? Of course not. That’s a reflection of the teaching. Excellent teaching inspires you. Hell, I’ll take classes in subjects I’m not even interested in, if the teacher is great I’ll have fun anyway. And I don’t want you to think I’m saying the teacher is terrible, they have simply failed to inspire *you* it’s possible other students with different learning styles are loving it and benefitting. But as an adult, try to recognize this feeling and see what you can do to overcome it


It always seems to happen, my peers will love something more than me because of how different my learning styles are, which makes me envious


you don't need a course to learn photography. Youtube is your friend


totally normal. i’m a musician too but i can’t stand classes, i love to just jam out on my own/with other people


No. Indecent thoughts about siblings or aggression towards law abiding citizens is wrong. Losing interest in a vocational activity is fine.


I'm in the same boat


I’m a lot like you in that, we just worry to much. Let some these emotions go and move ahead knowing that your doing a good thing.(taking classes and following the/a road) what your experiencing is the process and your figuring it out whether you know it or not. There’s probably a niche zone in the middle where everything works perfectly but the chance that you figure it all out right away is small. Nevertheless, you got this.


When I go through a photo course, I jump in and out of it as necessary or seek the lectures that particularly interest me on certain subjects. I find today that it's fun to hop onto even YouTube for three or four videos on editing or shooting techniques, really small bites, hit consistently. Helps keep me inspired and not in that overwhelmed or grinding through it attitude.


Take a break or pause from your study if you can, do something else for days or weeks or even months and see if you feel that urge or dedication you have from the beginning on doing photography. Almost the same situation me and my wife had but not in photography, we love baking and we’ve been doing it for years but one day someone bought baked goods from us and we started doing it to sell and not for us loving the process, we lost the passion for it, we stop selling as we can’t do what we want, so now we still bake but just for our own and yes we still love it.


Depends what the course is about. Most of the time they throw in a bunch of very boring theory and also history of photography, that perhaps you couldn't care less for. What would you enjoy to learn instead?


That’s a little hard for me to know currently what I’d like to learn, definitely more so along the lines of learning how to increase creativity and take stronger photos.


Usually it's not something you learn in a photography course (well it depends on the course). Creativity is something you have to learn by yourself. The best tip is to experiment with photography on your own. It seems fantastic in theory but it takes effort in practice, but it is also very rewarding if you enjoy the process. An example would be your can go on facebook groups like "models and photographers [name of your city] and see if there are any, there you can find models to shoot for free (TF shootings are called) and organize your very own shooting to experiment creatively. Else you can learn as much as you can about composition (there is a FANTASTIC series of book called "the ink" which I highly suggest) and that can help you both with landscape photography, portraits, cinema, fashion etc. But just waiting for something to happen in the course will make you quite bored. Experiment yourself!


I did a year of a photography course and that was the year where I just decided to abandon it for some time. My main problem was that, what was being teached was meant for me to make money out of it. While it isn't a wrong approach, it just disconnected me from my own reality. I'm a shy, poor dude who has an old camera and, due to being shy, I just like shooting animals, the nature and only people I would feel comfortable shooting, and even then I would feel insecure doing that. In that course, I was "taught" studio techniques, studio light usage, how to direct a model, photograph products, even brides and all of that shit, and I just felt wrong because it was not what I wanted to photograph, and sad, because I never had the money really to, e.g, rent a studio, have better equipment, or other stuff to shoot events. So, well, I don't think you're wrong


Coming from someone who is purely a hobbyist, it's all for fun and I don't care if people shit on my work, they never do not cause I'm that good at it but because they aren't pixel peeping or looking at it to criticize. Not everyone can handle criticism of their hobby well even if it's constructive, and that's fine. This might be a byproduct of that we don't know. To some extent there are people who don't know how to criticize properly and it just sounds like someone shitting on something you like. Another one is competing, courses can bring that out in people and it can cause friction between you guys, and you and your work.


My film school experience was like the competing portion, I had some starter projects that didn’t turn well (I was naive) and it definitely set me apart from my peers.


Wrong? How could it be wrong? If you don’t like it then you don’t like it…


What do you mean is it wrong? Of course it’s not wrong, it just is what it is. Everyone is different.


Maybe you should ask yourself why you do photography and what it means to you or what you want to achieve with it. Do you just want it as a hobby or is it more to you like maybe a career or a artistic output. Speaking for myself I got into photography very early in my life and always persued it as a hobby with some on and off phases during my youth. When I finished college I got back into it and for the first time had a more serious approach to it. I felt like photography is what I really loved and that it should in one way or another be something I should keep doing and maybe even push it into a career. Since then my drive never shrinked a slightest bit. Of course there are phases where I doubt myself and where I seem to not be able to satisfy myself or felt a lack of inspiration but my drive to grow and learn and eventually get to the next level never disappears. So what I want to say with this is that I have this intrinsic feeling that photography is that one thing that will always and forever be a big part of my life. It's a way to express myself and every second I spend doing it I have this feeling of self fulfillment. But it did take me some time to figure this out for myself.


I work as a professional photographer and have been warned many times against going to school. I’ve had friends who went to photography school who said it caused them to lose all desire to do it. I don’t think any of my friends who have degrees in photography do it for a living. I have worked with photographers who did go to photography school and have seen them become so obsessed with technicalities that the final product has no creativity what so ever and is so boring. 😅


Yep, I did a photography/ film course and 3 months into it, we had to take SO many photos/ video footage that the inspiration completely left me. It's a complete overload at the start, but it has a purpose... stick with it, it'll make sense in the end.


It’s definitely an overload of shit within the first 3 months and it does have a purpose, but then I think of the end of my tenure at film school where I lost that sense of willingness and of myself.


Yep, same lol. But 2 years on, now I'm absolutely loving it!


Damn, I wish I could say the same, I just simply didn’t love film school anymore by a certain point.


It's after film school, when you don't have every little detail drilled into you, are not put with randoms with the opposite ideas of yours and are allowed to make your own decisions again... although the rule of thirds is kind of stuck with me for life every time I turn on the tv! 😅😅


A lot of technicals have also stuck with me including exposure


I'm a wildlife photographer here and when I tried taking a photography course in college I just couldn't keep with what the course wanted. I shoot digital and it was a B&W course though so that did have a part of it. I felt like it was trying to get us to be too technical with our shots and it deprived the joy out of me. I dropped the course after a month and a half and then I also stopped taking photos altogether for a few months. So I can definitely see how you can loose interest in it.l during a course.


By the time I finished my bachelors in art concentrated on photography I HATED it. It wasn’t until a few years later that I found my passion again. For a subject that is subjective, the professors really like to thing their view of students’ artwork is objective and right…


It was really weird that I came across this post. I am in a two year photographic arts program and I’m feeling disjointed. The arts aspect needs a ‘cause’. I’m having a hard time with this cause aspect. It’s just the beginning of the second year where I’m told the magic happens. The jury is still out. If I may, my photographic project has been trichrome because my father and son are achromatic. Colour is important in my life. I’ve seen the effects and limitations one has without colour in their lives. But trichrome with separation (like Harris effect) is not enough. Now I’ve been asked if it would be possible to photograph through my son’s eyes. This would mean deliberately blowing out sunny day photos and scratching highlights because of the stigmatism. I understand the art part but I don’t know if I want to do this. I can’t wrap my head around taking a photo of a McDonald’s sign in black and white super high key and call it art. I’d love if someone could shed insight.


Is it actually an exercise focusing on textures and shades of grey?


I guess it would come down to that. I was thinking about how would one take a ‘good’ shot of a McDonald sign into the sun. Then again, maybe that’s why ‘art’ even in photography doesn’t always look good, technically or composition.


I mean it is what it is. Why assign a value judgement to it??


Is it wrong to be losing interest in photography while taking a course dedicated to it? Not sure what you mean? Is it wrong? Why would it be wrong? This happens to everyone, with everything. It's no big deal and I wouldn't overthink it.


It’s the reason I don’t take a photography in class in college . I don’t want to be compelled to do something I love


I am an excellent photographer. However, I have to be motivated. There is a district in town that recently held a contest for photos of their district with a top prize of $1,000. I walked around that district for half a day and found very little of value worth taking photos of, and then I didn’t even submit anything to the contest. A few weeks later, the winners were announced and honestly they were all garbage. I might have actually had a shot of winning had I submitted but I wouldn’t have wanted my name attached to any of them. So I guess what I’m saying is this: shoot for yourself and shoot for clients, don’t shoot for random prompts, especially if you’re not feeling it.


Nope. This happened to me back in 2019. Didn’t touch the camera from that date till Summer of this year.


Along with what many said around personal taste it is being compared. Often those making courses will have been taking pictures for many, many years and have had opportunities that are still ahead of you. So they use and show pictures that you have yet to actually have had the opportunity to do. And however unwilling it may be, you are comparing your own pictures to these. Most courses discourage people for this reason, especially those that focus heavily on editing. If you need advice, I'd suggest just finishing the course and getting all the "pointer pointer" facts from it. Get the tricks, techniques, and advice from the courses and then basically forget about it. Your pictures don't need to look anything like what they are showing and chances are that you'll develop your own style after learning how to take the pictures. Also, after a certain point in skill most photography courses just become idea generators instead of actual classes. Heck knows I don't need to learn for the 100th 40 minute class about the rule of thirds or what the settings on the teacher's specific brand of camera does.


Technical classes are generally useful. Nothing to do with photography. Most to do with cameras. Train your artistic mind and eye. Look for the art and the emotions.


I guess, you need a break. You may resume later.


Already had a break, and now my bullshit has already came back


I do hobbies because I enjoy them but I do get bored of them. So I tend to rotate through my hobbies to keep myself occupied. Maybe a less structured, more self taught method would make it more enjoyable for you. And you can do other things in between.


When I was younger I loved art, so much so that I got a job in the movie industry and became a colorist. Rules and limitations along with very strict specifications made me hate it. After some time I pursued another passion of mine, engineering. Building things, wiring electronics, and reverse engineering how things work always made me giddy… but after doing it for someone else, making things again and again for someone else… I began to hate it. After some time, I decided to pursue another passion of mine, music. I have been been professionally making music for a while now and I can tell you, music has lost its shine and luster completely. I hardly play for myself anymore because whenever I pick up an instrument it just feels like a job… I’m very close to quitting this as well. But as it were, I have to pay bills lol. The point is when you begin to chase a passion for someone else it slowly becomes less enjoyable, or at least that’s what I’ve found.


Mayber this course feels more like work than fun. So I wouldn't be surprised to feel kinda put off.


That‘s the difference between a hobby and a job. Job always include things that aren‘t fun and might drain your inspiration. You either deal with them and learn to make them less dull or start looking for something you enjoy more. Hint: most jobs are dull and uninspiring


I think there are days like this with every passion. You can love what you do how much you want. You will always have days/weeks maybe even months in which you don’t have desire to go on and work on. That’s were we say in german „the wheat separates from the chaff“. Don’t know if this figure of speech makes sense in englisch 😬😅


I wouldn't think so. I did that back in the late 70s into the early 80s. I kinda regret it but then I end up with mixed feelings about it.


Very wrong! You'll go to hell for it! bad baad OP!


No. I have a four year degree in photography and got so burnt out after trying to satisfy a very conceptual, "artsy" instructor in my thesis year. My work is documentary, there's no "deeper" meaning behind the photos I make. Haven't really picked up my camera since. Pretty much everyone I went to school with works in social media/marketing now. I mostly just use my phone (Google Pixel 7).


This is literally why I would never want to do photography as a job. It's a form of art, self expression and not something I would to please someones demand, but myself.


Was doing photography as a hobby and semi professionally for years and enjoyed it. Went to college to study it because I thought I would enjoy it but nope. Hated it. I knew more than all but one tutor. One tutor had never even heard of Lightroom! Also around half of the other students didn’t even have a camera. It just sucked the life out of it.


When I started photography, it was about feels. As I got more into it, I started to analyze my photos and that sucked the life out of it.


I did a 2 year BTEC course in photography, then a 3 year bachelor degree, then decided i didn't want to be a photographer. 5 years of studying made me fall out of love with it.


It’s fine. There’s no wrong or right thing when it comes to how you feel about something. Take a break, maybe you’ll find a new approach.


I don't think that it's wrong. I think it's sad.I hope you find new love for photography.


The problem with modern day education, courses often don’t stoke fires of passion, they irrigate them. I’d say get involved in some kind of community where exploring the art in authenticity is the main objective. It’s less about books and theory and more about figuring out stuff as you go.


Is it the content that is causing you to fall out of love? Maybe you’re just not really having fun with it? Go out and make pictures, show them to people, get feedback. That is sometimes all the motivation you need to fall in love again. A really good alternative is photo books. Seeing a working photographer put together their take on a theme or story is often much more inspiring than scrolling Instagram and seeing the same “perfect” pictures over and over. Hope you uh.. snap out of it heh 😏


Also taking a college photography class right now as an elective. I’ve been a hobby photographer since 2012 and took the class to learn a more about photography. Our teacher hasn’t really taught much of anything in regards to composition or how to improve your photography. He just throws on a slideshow of old photos for two hours and then gives us a project to go out and shoot. I have learned that I don’t like the rigidity of having an assigned project to shoot. I much prefer to just have my camera, go out and shoot whatever I find interesting. I guess my point is, don’t let your dislike of this class ruin photography for you. Get through it, learn what you can and then get back to enjoying photography the way that *you* enjoy it.


I have taught photography and taken many classes. **These are things that are inspiring in a class:** * A hard-working teacher that encourages you to work hard * Constructive criticism. This is really an art in its own right. * A community of other students to give you ideas and motivate you * Learning new perspectives by studying a range of accomplished photographers **These are things that are uninspiring:** * A rigid teacher full of ego * Unconstructive criticism * an online class with no sense of community. It is possible to create a classroom community in an online class, but there is nothing as uninspiring as isolation. I'm curious why you think you find the classes uninspiring.


My teacher does encourage me to work hard, but then I end up not being able to come up with a single idea, the criticism is constructive but I find it difficult to push myself to some expectations


This sounds significant, in mine opine; The struggle to produce someone else's vision without much in the way of communication. "Take picture, make fantastic" 😶 How about share your vision, your idea of what you're hoping to get? Some people require a little more structure than mere uncontrolled chaos.


I’m afraid that’s somewhat me but then even with overly specific rules, I get thrown off


I get that too. It's hard to get a good balance between overly vague and extremely explicit. Did a gender reveal recently with a burnout: Stand on the opposite side of the car, so you get the burnout and the family's reaction in the same shot. [Edit: clarification: I directed THEM to all array themselves opposite of me across the car, not the other way around] Not too vague, not too explicit. Have also done shoots where the model shows you a picture somebody else took, edited, and posted to Instagram, And they say "do this". 🙄


>Some people require a little more structure than mere uncontrolled chaos. Many people need to learn how to adapt to a humanistic frame of mind that doesn't have a clear right or wrong answer.


You could always ask the teacher for suggestions. I've heard students the same thing that you're saying. Sometimes it means they need to loosen up and focus on the process rather than a conceptual idea.


Some definitely should, I feel like my brain has been fried for far too long to even keep track


Photo school is shite - teachers will only teach you the way they want to photograph or see photography. Just keep the course going, be yourself, express it as you see it, if you get shit grades - it doesnt matter as long you pass. then you will see the time was not wasted


By the way if you need a chat about photography - always open [www.instagram.com/michalchola\_fotografia](https://www.instagram.com/michalchola_fotografia)


Well, I think that is always a risk, I was deeply engaged in webpage building however after taking a course in PHP I quite completely lost my interest in the topic.


It's very hard to give you advice on this because no one other than you can really find out whether photography is for you, or what you want to get out of it. But let's get past that and assume photography IS for you. Firstly, it's a wide field. When you start, maybe try many different types of photography. For all you know, you just aren't shooting subjects that will inspire you, and you'll find that one type of photography that does inspire you. Don't think too much about the course. By all means do it. But keep doing your own photography independently of whatever assignments the course requires. Do your own thing. Being directed by a schedule can make things seem like work, and remove any passion you have. Forget about gear. Use the minimum possible. Landscapes? Use whatever lens you already have. Macro and you don't have a dedicated macro lens? Go with close-ups for now. Spending too much money can guilt you into having to use it to justify the purchase, and then it's a bit like the course. It feels like an obligation or assignment. Don't fall into the trap of thinking your enjoyment of photography is that one more purchase away. Couple photography with other things you like. If you like concerts, try concert photography (small local gigs are a good start). If you like walking in the countryside, take a camera with you and try nature or landscapes. If you like races, go to track events and shoot those. And so on. And at some point you have to ask yourself "what do I want to get out of it?". Don't expect to have an answer immediately, but revisit that question from time to time. Are you happy just taking photos and keeping them in your computer for your own enjoyment? Do you want to share them? Do you want to sell them? Do you want to join a club and exhibit/compete? Do you want to eventually publish them in a book? Do you want to shoot events and make money? Knowing the answer to that question can be a source of focus and drive. Or it might make you realise it's a pointless endeavour for you if you are not taking any enjoyment or profit from it. Just don't expect to be able to answer it immediately.


Try to make something that you enjoy when you work on your assignments. When I attended a 1 year photo school I was paralyzed at some point because I felt I had to take photos that would make sense when discussed in class and I was overthinking too much and I lost the pure joy of going out and taking photos. But in the end I managed to find nice ideas for every final assignment and I actually ended up enjoying the assignments that didn't resonate with me the most (fashion photography, portraits) because I was forced to think outside the box not being the field I felt comfortable with nor that I enjoyed, and I had to come up with an original, out of the box concept in order to enjoy it - and everyone loved it in the end. I think it may be helpful in order to find your own style and bring the level up. You have to find some middle ground where you go out of your comfort zone and take any challenge positively, but without giving up on your fun and being influenced by the feedbacks too much.


Right now I’m forced to think outside of the box, but here’s the issue is that I’m trying to get myself out of the box but I can’t, and my brain feels so restricted.


We can admire something without doing it ourselves. We can be interested in photography (or any other art) while having no real drive to do it ourselves. ~~Some~~ **Most** people are spectators. Lots of people watch basketball, put a basketball hoop on the garage, and quickly lose interest in shooting baskets. Lots of people have guitars that gather dust, or treadmills that become clothing storage. OP started taking a photography course and then lost interest. OK.


Education can kill creativity.


In otherwise a school that promotes creativity but knocks a specific being’s creativity


Just get through the course and then decide. I've been shooting for 40 years, the last 16 making a good living at it in the government. Totally burned out on photography. My personal camera sat in a bag with a dead battery whenever my wife asked me to shoot something. Last month i retired. Last week i wanted to take a good photo of my dog - now I'm checking UPS tracking every 20 minutes waiting for the Nikon D4 I just ordered. And spending all my time on this and other photo subs. The bug is back.