Comfort zones are like comfort blankets, they are cosy and reassuring for a while, but eventually they start to get scruffy, smelly, and other people want us to grow out of them.
5. Go further afield — or work closer to home
If you find yourself shooting the same old things, then start thinking about new subjects.
Photoshop guru Scott Kelby put it very well in a recent interview. “Rather than investing in more new gear you don’t really need, invest in your photography by going somewhere really amazing.”
It doesn’t need to be abroad, but maybe put aside one weekend a month to shoot in new location. At the other end of the scale, you can find lots of inspiration around your home or in your neighbourhood.
Some documentary photographers only work within a few miles of where they live, and contemplative photographers like Kimberly Poppe take inspiration from household objects and scenes.
There are images everywhere if you look hard enough.